Out & About: 24 Things To Do in Fall 2019

Our picks of the best family events this fall.
August 16 (Start Date)
A Korean Cinderella

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Honolulu Theatre for Youth kicks off its new season with a Korean twist on a classic folktale. Last produced in 2013, this upbeat production mixes Korean drumming, dancing and masks. HTY’s keiki-friendly telling of Pear Blossom’s fate also includes K-pop and magic. 

Tenney Theatre, 5 years and older, Friday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 14 , (808) 839-9885, htyweb.org

September 21
HAIS Education Fair

Illustration: Getty Images

Have all your questions about private school education answered in one place. At the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools’ free fair, parents can meet with preschool through high school admissions teams to discuss unique programs, testing, entry requirements and financing while keiki try activities and crafts just for them.

Hawai‘i Convention Center, Room 313ABC, All ages, Saturday, Sept. 21. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (808) 973-1540, hais.org

SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Magazine’s 2020 Private School Guide

September 28
Fall Open House and Family Day

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Mission Houses

Step back into the 1800s for a day. Tour historic homes so kids can learn about life in Hawai‘i 200 years ago, then try lauhala weaving and other children’s activities to the music of Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band. 

Hawaiian Mission Houses, All ages, Saturday, Sept. 28. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (808) 447-3910, missionhouses.org

September 28
Festa Italiana Hawai‘i

Photo: Courtesy of Festa Italiana

Pizza, pasta, cheese, bread, gelato and vino. Need we say more? The free annual celebration of Italian culture includes a look at Italy-inspired works of art, Italian luxury cars and a night of “la dolce vita” through music and performances.

Cooke Street near Auahi Street, All ages, Saturday, Sept. 28. 4 to 10 p.m., festaitalianahawaii.com

SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Festa Italiana in Honolulu

October 5
Bon Dance

If you haven’t had your fill of obon dances and andagi by October, head to Kāne‘ohe for the last dance of the season. The traditional Japanese celebration will include a yagura tower, music, craft and food vendors. Here’s a bonus for families: Since it’s indoors, you won’t need to worry about rain or portable toilets.

Windward Mall Center Court, All ages, Saturday, Oct. 5. 2 to 7 p.m., windwardmall.com

SEE ALSO: Our Guide: Obon Dances for Beginners

October 13
Nā Kama Kai Ocean Clinic 

Photo: Courtesy of Nā Kama Kai Ocean Clinic

Keiki will learn ocean safety, conservation and Hawaiian navigation, and can ride stand-up paddleboards and a canoe at this free outdoor clinic. Parents do not participate but need to stay nearby. Online registration opens at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 and sometimes fills up in 24 hours. Walk-ons are welcome but will likely have to wait awhile. We tried it! Read our tips for Nā Kama Kai clinics at bit.ly/HF-NaKama

Pōka‘ī Bay, Wai‘anae, 2 to 18 years old, Sunday, Oct. 13. Two-hour clinics held every half hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., nakamakai.org/ocean-programs

October 26
Lacy Veach Day of Discovery

Registration opens around Sept. 1 for this day of free hands-on STEM experiments. The event honors Hawai‘i-born astronaut Charles Lacy Veach. If the workshops are full, you can still stroll through the interactive science, technology, engineering and math displays.

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, Third grade and older, Saturday, Oct. 26. 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., spacegrant.hawaii.edu/Day-of-discovery

November 2
Arbor Day Honolulu Festival and Tree Giveaway   

Visit the garden to get a free tree and visit educational booths, keiki activities, workshops, performances and more. Take advantage of the free admission to explore, including the butterfly area. You can also pick up free trees at five other locations.

Foster Botanical Garden, All ages, Saturday, Nov. 2. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., arbordayhawaii.org

November 2
Leeward Discovery Fair

Shake, break and splash quicksand goo, launch a high-flying rocket, see freezing liquid boil or go on a fossil scavenger hunt. With more than 50 interactive art and STEM exhibits (all free) at this family fair, and low-cost snacks, there’s something for everyone. But arrive early, as parking fills up quickly. 

Leeward Community College, All ages, Saturday, Nov. 2. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., leeward.hawaii.edu/Fair

Halloween Fun!

October 5
Fall Harvest Festival 

Go for a hayride, play farm games, pet animals and pick pumpkins at this scenic spot with views of the Ko‘olau mountains and ocean. 

Waimānalo Country Farms, Weekends, Oct. 5 through Oct. 27. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (808) 306-4381, waimanalocountryfarms.com

October 12
Pumpkin Patch 2019 Festival 

Pick pumpkins, sweet corn, beans and sunflowers and go for a hayride or pony ride in Kapolei. Stick around for farm-style food, picture booths, games, inflatables and a country store.  

Aloun Farms, Weekends, Oct. 12 to Oct. 27., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (808) 677-9516, alounfarms.com

October 19
Seventh Annual Great Pumpkin Festival

Choose your future jack-o’-lantern from more than 2,000 pumpkins at the largest pumpkin patch in east O‘ahu. Then make crafts and play in the Keiki Fun Zone, shop at the Holiday Market, eat or enjoy the entertainment. 

Holy Nativity School, Saturday, Oct. 19. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (808) 373-3232, holynativityschool.org

October 26
Halloween Costume Contest

More than 75 prizes will be awarded in various age groups and categories, including most original, funniest, cutest and judges’ choice. More than 300 entrants are expected. 

Kāhala Mall, Saturday, Oct. 26. Registration, 5:30 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m., (808) 732-7736, kahalamallcenter.com

October 26
Mall-O’-Ween Costume Contest

Get creative with your costume and enter to win gift certificates from stores at Windward Mall. 

Windward Mall, Saturday, Oct. 26. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., (808) 235-1143, windwardmall.com

October 27
Keiki Halloween Costume Contest  

Keiki also can trick-or-treat at stores around the center from 2 to 9 p.m. 

Royal Hawaiian Center, Sunday, Oct. 27. Registration from 2 to 3 p.m. Contest at 4 p.m., (808) 922-2299, royalhawaiiancenter.com

October 27
Keiki Costume Ball 

Dress up, play games and find pizza, ice cream and sweets throughout the center’s galleries. Preregistration is required. 

Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center, Sunday, Oct. 27. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., (808) 524-5437, discoverycenterhawaii.org

8 Safe Trick-or-Treating Spots 

Thursday, Oct. 31

Ala Moana Center, 5-7 p.m.

Kāhala Mall, 5:30-7 p.m.

International Market Place, 5-7 p.m.

Kapolei Marketplace, 5-7 p.m.

Mililani Shopping Center, 5-7 p.m.

Royal Hawaiian Center, 4-9 p.m.

Ward Village Shops, 5:30-8 p.m.

Windward Mall, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

No masks allowed.

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