Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: March 31– April 3
On our agenda: tropical birds, food trucks and films.
View: Lele O Nā Manu: Hawaiian Forest Birds
Through July 31, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Feeling like taking your weekend to new heights? Hit up Bishop Museum’s totally fly exhibit, which takes visitors soaring through the science and cultural significance of Hawaiian forest birds. Learn about the rich and diverse natural history of native Hawaiian forest birds, their preeminence in traditional Hawaiian culture, their direct connection to the health of native forests and the dire need for their conservation. Interactive features allow visitors to take a bird’s-eye perspective and soar above a native forest with virtual goggles, or coo their best bird call at a hands-on station alongside a virtual Hawaiian bird hunter. Pretty egg-cellent, right?
$10.95–$22.95, 1525 Bernice St., bishopmuseum.org.
Browse: Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i Solutions + Art Gallery
Friday, April 1, 7–9 p.m.
You asked for it, we found it: a free event that gets your creative brainwaves buzzing and is for a good cause. RevoluSun and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi are hosting an art gallery at RevoluSun Smart Home’s Innovation Center showroom, and it’s featuring a slew of local artists. Check out the ocean- and conservation-themed works from Aaron Char, Shannon McCarthy, “Manny Aloha” Pangilinan, Jeff Hawe, Eduardo Bolioli and Mark Cunningham, who will all be donating a portion of the sales from the showing to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i. (That means you don’t have to feel guilty for treating yourself to a little art!) The gallery is up throughout the month of April, but you can get a first look at the opening reception happening this Friday.
210 Ward Ave., 748-8888
Watch: 2016 Hawai‘i International Film Festival Spring Showcase
Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, April 10
Spring has sprung and that means flowers, cleaning and the Hawai‘i International Film Festival Spring Showcase, of course. This year’s festival is eight whole days packed with films from Australia, Belgium, Vietnam, China, Japan, New Zealand and more. On the roster? Buzzworthy picks from Sundance and SXSW and a documentary by of-the-moment artist Yayoi Kusama. Plus, pictures from Pacific Islander filmmakers (including Hunt for the Wilder People by Taika Waititi) and documentaries with real local flavor (catch Ed Kenney in Ty Sanga’s Family Ingredients). Head over to Regal Cinemas Dole Cannery this weekend to catch the first pictures, which include a documentary about the tradition of sake brewing and The Man Who Knew Infinity, a period narrative about Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel.
$14 for general admission tickets, 735 ‘Iwilei Road. Visit hiff.com for pricing and dates for each film.
Eat: Food Truck Park Grand Opening
Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Could use a little more food trucks in your life? We hear ya. That’s why we’re stoked about Street Food Stadium, the latest spot to get your food-truck fix. The hot-spot-to-be is the latest incarnation from the same people who brought you Pau Hana Marketplace, and these food truck entrepreneurs are showing no sign of stopping. Street Food Stadium debuts on Saturday for the public, where guests will be able to sample cuisines from around the world, served up from the site’s fleet of 10 trucks—think tacos, takoyaki and sushi. Pair that with one of the cold beers that will be up for sale and consider your weekend made.
1687 Kalākaua Ave., streetfoodstadium.com.
Shop: Mom-Made Market 2016
Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Let’s hear it for moms! Those ladies have had our backs since day one, they’re expert cooks and, guess what? They’ve also got some serious maker talent. (As if you didn’t know.) This weekend’s Mom-Made Market at the Hawai‘i Convention Center is all about that mama talent and will feature 200 mom vendors selling their goods and promoting their services. Look for some of our favorite local brands, including Kira Hawai‘i and Jana Lam. There will also be live music, a daily craft hour for shoppers and a fundraiser for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies. The market will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the cause and all proceeds from the raffles and auctions will go to them as well.
$5, Hawai‘i Convention Center, themommademarket.com.
Play: 2016 East-West Fest
Sunday, April 3, 3–6 p.m.
Wanderlusting? Take a tour around the world (kind of) at the East West Fest at the Friendship Circle area of the East-West Center campus this weekend. The Center community is inviting the public to join in a free celebration of cross-cultural understanding through art, song and dance performances, talent shows, even crafts. There will also be a range of booths representing a variety of countries and international snacks to munch on. Bon voyage!
East-West Center, 1711 East-West Road, eastwestcenter.org.