The 8 Best Things to Do in Honolulu This Labor Day Week

Enjoy Labor Day Week in Honolulu with short films, fun with cake, breakfast for dinner, art, laughs and the birthday of a Hawaiian queen.

1. Award-winning short films at the Doris Duke Theatre

Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 29

Feeling artsy with a short attention span? You’ve got time to watch the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s touring selection of short films at the Doris Duke Theatre. Watch a 94-minute program of eight short films from the January festival. The genre range from fiction to documentary, funny to dramatic.

$10 general admission, $8 Museum members. Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu. Click here for more information.





2. Shop, Play and Learn at Art & Flea’s House Party

Thursday, Aug. 28

Inspired by Kid ‘n Play’s house-party movies, this month’s ‘90s-themed urban market features local fashion, art music and food. Custom-cake creator Kristie Sagara will also be holding workshops where you can learn how to make cupcakes that look like burgers, and she’ll demonstrate some work with fondant, the edible Play-Doh of the cake world.

$3, 5 to 10 p.m., 1020 Auahi St., Honolulu.





3. Jhene Aiko at Neal Blaisdell

Friday, Aug. 29

Rhythm-and-blues singer Jhene Aiko performs at Neal Blaisdell this Friday night. Best known for her song "The Worst" and as the featured vocalist in Drake’s song "From Time," Aiko  is scheduled to release her new album Souled Out on Sept. 9.

$45 to $95, Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu. Click here for more information.


4. Art After Dark: Art Deco and opening of Land Division exhibit

Friday, Aug. 29

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s monthly Art After Dark party this month features an Art Deco theme. Dress in flapper gowns or vintage aloha shirts while viewing first-time-displayed-in-Hawaii murals by Eugene Savage, large-scale paintings by Arman Manookian and other artists. You’ll also be the first to see Sean Connelly’s art installation Land Division, about watersheds and urban development in Hawaii. After you’ve browsed the galleries, gather in the courtyard for slack-key guitar and ukulele performances, and enjoy food and drink by The Grove.

$10, 6 to 9 p.m., 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu.


5. Eat the Street: Breakfast at night

Friday, Aug. 29

Breakfast for dinner? You don’t have to ask us twice. More than 35 food vendors will be serving up your favorite breakfast foods this Friday in Kakaako at the monthly street-food festival. 

4 to 9 p.m., 555 South St., Kakaako.


6. Female Comics of Hawaii at Downbeat Diner

Saturday, Aug. 30

We love that Honolulu has a burgeoning stand-up comedy scene, and love it even more when it includes women who are comics! Patrice Scott hosts while comedians Michelle Mak, Erika Swartzkopf, Kay Shine, Michelle Welch, Brandi Morgan and AJ Baxa perform this Saturday at Downbeat Diner Lounge. 

$10, 8 to 10 p.m., Downbeat Diner Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St., Chinatown.


7. 8th Annual Onipaa Celebration

Sunday, Aug.31

Celebrate Queen Liliuokalani’s 176th birthday on the Iolani Palace grounds for this year’s Onipaa celebration. Listen to music, watch hula performances, take part in cultural demonstrations and tour Iolani Palace for free during this special event.  You’ll also want to make a reservation for Mai Poina, a living history tour that retraces the days leading up to the overthrow.

Free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Iolani Palace Grounds, Honolulu. Reservations required for Mai Poina.


8. Labor Day Bacardi Pool Party

Monday, Sept. 1

Labor Day weekend isn’t complete without at least one pool party in your calendar—and the Bacardi pool party offers a chance to see and be seen! Drink, dance, swim, tan and mingle with Honolulu’s socialites. If only these parties lasted into the night.

$20, Noon to 6 p.m., Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, 444 Niu St., Waikiki. Click here for more information.


Visit our calendar for more great events around town.