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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: March 10–13

Butterflies, shopping and art are on our weekend agenda.


Play: Pearlridge Center’s Butterfly Conservatory

Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., through March 28

Spring is in the air. Cue up the harp music, let the bunnies loose and take out the daisies. Nothing gets us in a cheery mood more than celebrating this bright season, which is why a trip to see all the locally raised butterflies at Pearlridge Center’s Butterfly Conservatory sounds downright magical. Learn about the life cycle of the pretty creatures, from egg to butterfly, first-hand, through a self-guided tour. And, yes, butterflies have been known to land on guests’ shoulders. Squeal!
$4, Uptown Center Court, Pearlridge Center.



View: Yayoi Kusama Footprints of Life exhibit

Daily, through May 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Forget dry museums for your arthouse fix. At Ward Village’s Footprints of Life exhibit by world-renowned (as in, collaborated with Louis Vuitton!) artist Yayoi Kusama, you’ll find an installation of 15 sculptures in Kusama’s iconic whimsical, funky style. Think polka dots and bold colors, contrasting bright pink with black for a fun, energetic aesthetic we can totally get on board with. These organic, spotted, pink shapes are meant to symbolize the energy of life and harmony between art and the environment. The site-responsive nature of this work enables it to change configuration based on its exhibition site, exemplifying Kusama’s interest to invite the audience to examine and reconsider their own engagement with public space that is often taken for granted.
Courtyard, IBM Building, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd.



Shop: New Nordstrom opening

Friday, March 11, 8 a.m.

Can you tell we’re excited about the new Nordstrom opening? Not only is it carrying a ton of new local designers (read about them here and here), the space is packed with lust-worthy international and Mainland designers you’re dying to shop. But, while we know you’re planning to get to those doors by 9 a.m. when they open, here’s a tip: Arrive early! The party starts at 8 a.m. with a Beauty Bash, where beauty advisors will share the latest on new products and trends for spring as well as skincare and makeup tips and tricks. The first 1,000 attendees will also receive an exclusive, reusable beauty tote bag (while supplies last). Then, just before the doors open, there will be traditional store blessing and a big, storewide countdown, a Nordstrom tradition. The employees will also line the aisles of the store applauding the first customers who enter! Talk about a warm welcome.
Diamond Head entrance, Nordstrom, Ala Moana Center.


Play: 22nd Annual Honolulu Festival

Friday, March 11, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

Repping our city? We’re on board. Repping our city by attending a weekend of free arts events, cultural displays and entertainment? We’re really on board. Under the banner of “Pacific Harmony” and the theme “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace,”  the Honolulu Festival’s goal is to help perpetuate the strong cultural and ethnic ties between the people of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Rim. Events to look forward to include movies, a craft fair, a bon dance, a hula formal, a carnival corner and a street market. Check out web producer Brittney Nitta-Lee’s guide to the festival for tips on where to start!
See full list of event locations and times at honolulufestival.com.


Eat: Arts and Flavors of Hawai'i

Sunday March 13, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Oh, hey, weekend. Is that some shopping in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? In any event, we’re excited, because not only will this weekend’s Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i food and products show have lots of retail therapy to get all hot and bothered about, including kids’ gear from Izzy and Luke and gems from Pure Joy Hawai‘i, there’s food! Brug Bakery, Sugar and Spice Cupcake Co. and Paradise Kettle Corn will be on hand for some treats, along with Taste Tea and Pacifico Pizza Napoletana. Just don’t forget to shop for swag such as Florencia Arias clothing or accessories from Sandy Feet Hawai‘i in between bites!
428 Kawaihae St. Call 395-9599 for more information.



Attend: Third Annual Ola Ka Hā at ‘Iolani Palace

Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

We feel aloha every day of the week, so shouldn’t we spend some time learning about the culture that created it? The Third Annual Ola Ka Hā is an all-day celebration of the arts, history and culture of the Hawaiian people featuring crafts, food and live entertainment, including musical performances from Na Leo and Kapena and hula demonstrations from Hālau Nā Kamalei O Lililehua, led by kumu hula Robert Cazimero. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, which will help to preserve the important history and legacies of the Hawaiian monarchy. The event is totally free and open to the public, with palace tours being free for kama‘āina.
‘Iolani Palace, 522-0832.


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