Our Guide

Inside Look: ʻUkulele Festival Hawaiʻi 2018

Photo: Courtesy of ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaiʻi.A performance by Roy Sakuma students was always one of the highlights of the ‘Ukulele Festival in the past. Follow the sounds of ʻukulele music and kids singing in Waikīkī this Sunday, July 15, when…

Inside Look: 26th Annual Filipino Fiesta

Photo: Courtesy of Filipino Community CenterFilipino Fiesta Court Get your pancit and lumpia fix this Saturday, May 5, at the 26th annual Filipino Fiesta. After more than two decades in Waikīkī and Waipahu, organizers have moved this year’s event to…

Our Guide: ‘Iolani Fair 2019

The ‘Iolani Fair is this Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. Be on the lookout for cowboy boots and farm animals as this year’s theme,“Barnyard Bash,” is sure to be a keiki pleaser. In addition to E.K. Fernandez rides…

Our Guide: Sea Life Park

Photo: Lavonne Leong Where: Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Waimānalo Who: Three parents and three kids–two 6-year-olds and an 18-month-old. When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a sunny high-season Sunday. I grew up going to Sea Life Park, perched…

Our Guide: Shopping Target at Ala Moana Center

Photo: Gregory YamamotoTarget opened in the former Nordstrom spot at Ala Moana Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18. My sisters and friends will tell you Iʻm kind of a Target fan-atic. Every stop results in at least an hour-long shopping trip.…

Our Guide: Polynesian Cultural Center

Where: Polynesian Cultural Center, the 42-acre theme park in Lā‘ie that introduces visitors to the cultures of seven island nations of Polynesia. Who: Two adults and two 8-year-old girls. When: From 1 to 6 p.m. on Labor Day. Give yourselves at…

Inside Look: Okinawan Festival

Photo: Okinawan Festival Billed as the largest ethnic festival in Hawai‘i, the Okinawan Festival is this Labor Day weekend. The huge event is held at Kapi‘olani Park and this year's theme is “Sharing Uchinanchu (Okinawan peoples’) Aloha.” It will kick off Saturday morning with…

Inside Look: Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest 2017

Photo: Courtesy Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest Billed as Honolulu's biggest Bon Dance, the Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest is this weekend. Even if you're not into the traditional Japanese celebration dancing, families flood in for the food, free keiki activities and shopping. The event…

Our Guide: 50th State Fair 2017

Photo: Christi Young 2017 has been a big year for my daughter. This is the first year she was tall enough to ride the Wave Swinger. So it goes without saying that she canʻt wait to head to the 50th…

Our Guide: The New Honolulufamily.com

Christi Young When I started working with HONOLULU Family magazine, my oldest daughter was just about to turn 2, the iPhone 4 was the peak of smartphone technology and a 28-year-old in San Francisco had just launched a newfangled app…

Our Guide: Free Story Times on O‘ahu

Photo: Ashley de Coligny The Cat in the Hat at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The store offers free story times every Saturday around 11 a.m.. sometimes with costumed character appearances. Editor's Note: Times were updated in March 2016. Parents, how…

Our Guide: The Mom Made Market Hawaii 2017

Moms are about to take over Kakaako. The second Mom Made Market event in Hawaii brings together more than 50 local designers, jewelry makers and other small businesses largely run by local mothers for a weekend of shopping, networking and…

Our Guide: Spalding House

Photo: Lavonne Leong Editor's Note: In 2019, Spalding House was closed to the public and the historic building went on the market.  If you are interested in visiting other museums, read Our Guides to Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum…

Our Guide: Kualoa Ranch

Photo: Lavonne Leong Where: Kualoa Ranch, a working cattle ranch and farm that offers ATV, horseback, zipline, land and boat tours in Windward O‘ahu. Who: Two families with five kids, ages 4 through 13. When: A holiday Monday, from early…