5 Ways to Have Fun on Mother’s Day 2023

Get pampered at the park in the shade, make a lei po‘o and have the kids join a free workshop to make a special gift for Mom.


Flowers and chocolates are nice, but sometimes, the best Mother’s Day gift is quality time—with or without the kids. Here are five ways you can spend Mother’s Day weekend with the whole family or just with your partner or besties.


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Making lei po‘o

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Mother’s Day Lei Po‘o Workshop

Saturday, May 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Learn how to make traditional lei po‘o, or haku lei, with friends, whether for yourself or for the mom in your life. This event is keiki-friendly, so you can bring the whole family. Tickets include all needed materials needed—you’re welcome to bring your own flowers and leaves as well.


Family-Friendly Event, $50, Gather Cowork, 6600 Kalani‘anaole Highway. Suite 114, tickets available here, @gathercoevents



Keiki At Play

Photo: Courtesy of Keiki at Play


Mother’s Day Pamper Party

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.

Keiki at Play, a children’s playgroup run by Angie and Jason Mosley, is putting together a special event for Mother’s Day, where kids can make and serve Mom a charcuterie board, fresh squeezed lemonade and a special gift. While you’re relaxing in the shade, children can choose from “spa” treatments like hand, foot, face and cucumber eye masks to help you relax.


Family-Friendly Event, $35, Nu‘uanu Valley Park, 2925 Pali Highway, keikiatplay.com, @keikiatplayllc



Amy Hānaiali‘i

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Theatre


Amy Hānaiali‘i Mother’s Day Concert

Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m.

A concert in celebration of mothers with Hawai‘i’s top-selling female artist Amy Hānaiali‘i, who will be performing her song Pālehua and more beloved hits. She’ll be joined onstage by Kainani Kahaunaele and her daughter; Pōmaika‘i and her daughters; as well as Marlene Sai and Mailani Maka‘ina‘i.


$35 to $75, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., hawaiitheatre.com, @hawaiitheatre




Photo: Courtesy of April Lawrence


2nd Annual DRIPNIQ Picnic Festival

Sunday, May 14, 5 p.m.

Get fancy outdoors with your mom friends at a picnic while supporting local food and retail vendors and enjoying live entertainment. The event is for 21 and over, so you can unwind with no kids. Suggested attire colors are yellow, green, orange, pink or blue.


$65 to $175 per person, Great Lawn at Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., blackbazaarhnl.com, @blackbazaarhnl



City Mill x HONOLULU Family keiki kraft workshops

Photo: Laura Dornbush


Mother’s Day Keiki Workshop

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

HONOLULU Family is teaming up with City Mill to host a keiki workshop where kids can make a photo flower pot using a terra cotta pot, paper, popsicle sticks and markers. Team members will provide instructions and materials. There are 30-minute time slots from 10 to 11:30 a.m.


Free, Family-Friendly Event, City Mill, 660 N. Nimitz Highway, tickets available here, @citymill


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