Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: March 17–20
Art, fashion and festivals are on this weekend's agenda.
Attend: Shop a Le‘a
Hope your shopping engines are primed and ready, because Shop a Le‘a, Ala Moana Center’s annual shopping festival, kicks off this week with enough fashionable events to keep your inner fashionista satiated for months. Fashion shows will be setting the runway at center stage ablaze throughout the week, with ivivva, San Lorenzo Bikinis, Ted Baker, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s being some of the brands to showcase. The HONOLULU Magazine fashion team will be on site today live-posting from the Reyn Spooner fashion show, happening at 6 p.m.! Visit the Shop a Le‘a site for more information on store offers, entertainment, gifts with purchase and the nonprofit initiative Dress For Success, which accepts donations of career outfits to help working women in need thrive.
Learn: Sweet! A Tasty Journey
Through Wednesday, April 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily
Hey, sugar sugar: We know how much you like your sweet stuff, so you’ll love the latest exhibition at Bishop Museum, which stimulates all five senses. Sweet! A Tasty Journey explores the social and cultural aspects of the candy industry, with stories from notable real-life Willy Wonkas such as Forrest Mars and Milton Hershey. Check out the vintage candy vending machines, factory equipment, candy art (including replicas of famous paintings made of jelly beans), interactive games and learning stations.
$10.95 for kids, $12.95 for seniors and $14.95 for adults, 1525 Bernice St., bishopmuseum.org.
Attend: Waikīkī Aquarium Birthday
Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
It’s party time! To celebrate its 112th birthday, the aquarium will host a celebration with discounted admission, kids activities and prize giveaways. Activities will include a treasure hunt throughout the aquarium and a formal birthday ceremony. Plus: cake! The Moana Surfrider will provide the sweet treat, and there will be costumed characters, entertainment, a 1904 costume contest and more to enjoy.
Free for kids 12 and under and the first 112 guests; $4 for all other adults; 277 Kalākaua Ave., waikikiaquarium.org.
Shop: Rumi Murakami Trunk Show
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
It’s not a successful weekend without a good trunk show. Rumi Murakami will be setting up a pop-up shop at Fishcake this weekend to showcase her newest collection, a 12-piece lineup of sleek, modern pieces created in line with the brand’s “slow fashion” philosophy, with a mindful, sustainable approach to selecting fabric, production and creating items that last. Celebrate your new closet additions by snapping shots at the mini photo studio by Karen DB Photography that will be on site and take a break from shopping with a treat from the Ānuenue Exquisite Tea pop-up.
307c Kamani St., rumimurakami.com.
View: Dimitra Milan Art Show
Saturday, March 19, 6–9 p.m.
You like to think of yourself as creative. Now and then you pump out a really cool-looking batch of cupcakes. When you were a kid, your macaroni art was the best. You LOVE making homemade greeting cards. Not to burst your bubble, but you ain’t go nothin’ on Dimitra Milan, the Arizona-based teen artist who will be unveiling her first Hawai‘i solo show this weekend. Milan, who travels regularly to Hawai‘i with her family, evokes a dreamy, surreal feel in her fantastical paintings, which are absolutely otherworldly. Get lost in her creations and meet this astounding young creator at the opening at Wyland Art Galleries in Waikīkī.
Wyland Gallery, 70 Lewers St., dmitramilan.com.
Play: Honolulu Night Market
Saturday, March 19, 6–11 p.m.
The future is now! OK, don’t expect time machines or hoverboards (yet!), but, at Honolulu Night Market’s Back to the Future March event, you’ll get to see the “future” of this iconic food and shopping festival at the spruced-up SALT location on Auahi Street. Yep, the original digs have had their revamp and now Night Market is back with local food and vendors to light up the night. House of Aria (also doing a fashion show at 8 p.m.), Ecolicious, Iratik, Lane Tanner Designs and Global Village will have their chic clothing and accessories up for sale, while Juic’d Life, Donnies BBQ and Onomono will be keeping your bellies full. See you in the future!
685 Auahi St., honolulunightmarket.com.
Shop: Allison Izu
Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
The shopping world has been all abuzz with news of the new Nordstrom, thanks to the slew of new local products and designers that have been taken onboard, and the bevy of new local launches that have left us in shopping heaven. But, while we’re all about the new-new, we also love giving props to local OGs. Take Allison Izu, of petite chic style fame, who has actually been in Nordstrom for four long and strong years of stylishness. This weekend, she celebrates her anniversary with the big-name retailer with a couple of personal appearances showcasing her new Plus Petites collection, so head over, pick her creative brain, and get her help finding the perfect Allison Izu piece for your closet.
Free, Ala Moana Center, allisonizu.com.
Who: Valentino, Royal Hawaiian Center
Deal: 20 percent off select shoes and handbags
Deal: Up to 50 percent off select bestsellers
When: Through Friday
Who: Bali Hai by Pashma
Deal: Up to 50 percent off end-of-season sale
Who: Designer Forum
Deal: 30 additional percent off select sale shoes
When: Through Sunday
Who: Macy’s, Ala Moana Center
Deal: 30 percent off two or more pairs of shoes, or 25 percent off one pair of shoes
When: Through April 3
Deal: 20 addition percent off sale items
When: Through today