Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: June 3–5
Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events
Play: The Box Jelly Turns 5
Friday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.
We know you don’t like being put in a box but, trust us, this is one time you won’t mind. It’s already been five years of The Box Jelly co-working space bringing the community together, and it’s celebrating with a shindig! Come congratulate these movers and shakers from the Kaka‘ako (and beyond!) community at the party on Friday, where there will be limited food and booze to jumpstart the revelry. (It’s also BYOB! So bring your fave!) The Forrest will DJ the event and there will be an open house in collaboration with Fishcake.
307a Kamani St. Parking in the Lānai Things parking lot and in the fourth and fifth floors of the former Ward Warehouse at Ward Village.
Play: Outrigger Resorts’ Second Annual OZONE Day
Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Monkey sea, monkey do? Hope you’re feeling extra sea-monkeylike this weekend, because there’s a lot of ocean-related fun happening around town. Ozone Day at the Waikīkī Aquarium will feature an art exhibit and free kids’ activities, including hand print art, sand art, a fish toss game, temporary tattoos and picture frame art. The Camarillo Brothers, Kalae and Kamaka, will take the stage to perform. Plus, there will be a social media photo booth where attendees can take photos with their smartphones. Anyone who hashtags their photo with #OutriggerResorts and posts it to social media will even receive a special gift. Snap away!
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalākaua Ave.
Play: 5th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest
Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
We jump in it, we float in it, we dive into it—we don’t really need another reason to celebrate the ocean (don’t we kind of do that every weekend?) but this all-day family festival at Turtle Bay Resort is a great excuse. The free event is actually an annual fundraiser for the North Shore Ocean Education Coalition and will feature games, food, live music and film. Munch and sip your way to festival bliss, or visit one of the many education booths to learn a little something more about one of your favorite chill out spots: Mama Ocean. Ocean Fest T-shirts featuring designs by local celebrity artist Lauren Roth will be sold, and all proceeds will benefit the North Shore Ocean Education Coalition.
57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, turtlebayresort.com.
View: Giant Robot Hawai‘i 2016 at ARS Café
Saturday, June 4, 6–9 p.m.
Looking for a weekend with art? You’re in luck, because Giant Robot returns to Honolulu to celebrate Giant Robot Hawai‘i 2016, a group art show personally curated for ARS Café. This show offers Honolulu a sampling of pieces from artists who regularly showcase at the Giant Robot store and GR2 art gallery in the Sawtelle Japantown district of West Los Angeles. Giant Robot Hawai‘i 2016 will feature works from Peter Chan, Maggie Chiang, Luke Chueh, David Horvath, Mari Inukai, Deth P. Sun, Katsuya Terada and Yoskay Yamamoto. Be one of the first to check it all out at the opening reception this Saturday, or visit ARS Café any time between now and the end of June.
ARS Café, 3116 Monsarrat Ave.
Walk: West O‘ahu Pet Walk and Summer Fair
Sunday, June 5, 8 a.m.
You and your pup go on a walk around the block every day. Why not mix it up for your little furry friend? Join West Side pets and their humans this weekend on a leisurely one-mile walk. Comfort stations will be set up along the route for walkers to stock up on snacks, refreshments and special goodies for your little (or big!) guy. Then, head back to the Summer Fair, which will feature a pups’ pool and water play, bath and spa for your pet, canine obstacle course, photo booth, “Ask a Vet” booth, pūpū pavilion and free watermelon. The event will raise money for Poi Dogs and Popoki.
$50, ‘Ewa Beach District Park, 91-201 Kaimele Place, ‘Ewa Beach.
Watch: New Faces of French Animation
Sunday, June 5, 1–3 p.m.
Who says cartoons are for kids? We are totally guilty of loving some of the animated masterpieces that have graced our screens (we still cry thinking about Wall-E and Song of the Sea), so we won’t want to miss the New Faces of French Animation package being shown at Doris Duke Theatre. Selected by the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, these eight made-for-adults shorts are being touted as the “crème de la crème of new French animation.” Expect farm animals on a picnic, a dysfunctional family Sunday lunch and a strange birth.
$10, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 901 Kīna‘u St.