Top 5 things to do this weekend


It’s back-to-school season, but there’s still plenty to do this weekend! Check out a Pearl Harbor picnic, a Chinatown taste fest, Na Leo Pilimehana and Willie K. at Sea Life Park, rare local beats and a slack key guitar festival.

Picnic on the Pier
Friday, Aug. 12
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Pearl Harbor

Join the Mighty Mo for its final Picnic on the Pier of the summer! Guests can enjoy the spectacular view from Pier Foxtrot 5 along with light entertainment and some tours. Gordon Biersch will be serving up some ono grinds and your favorite brews from the tap.


Taste of Chinatown
Saturday, Aug. 13
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Smith Beretania Park, Chinatown

A free family-friendly culinary and cultural celebration comes to the heart of Chinatown! There’ll be food from area restaurants like Artizen by MW, Downbeat Diner, Kan Zaman, Little Village and The Pig & the Lady. Save room for handcrafted desserts, and browse artisan wares and keiki and cultural activities.


Sea Life Park Summer Twilight Concert Series: Na Leo Pilimehana and Willie K.
Saturday, Aug. 13
5:30 p.m.
Sea Life Park Hawaii

Just yards from Oahu’s shoreline, the music of popular local entertainers fills the air over Sea Life Park this Saturday. Have dinner in the park’s Beachboy Lanai or buy some concert food and beverages onsite at the Makapuu Meadows.


Soul Time in Waikiki With Aloha Got Soul
Saturday, Aug. 13
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Feast your ears on a selection of hand-curated vinyl by the folks at Aloha Got Soul, a record label and DJ crew specializing in relatively unknown Hawaiian, soul, funk and beyond. Join Hawaii local and AGS founder Roger Bong in experiencing obscurities from Hawaii’s contemporary musical past.


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Sunday, Aug. 14
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Waikiki Beachwalk

The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival is back for the 34th year with a family-style celebration featuring a full lineup of favorite slack key guitar artists, food and other festival highlights. The event runs all Sunday afternoon at Waikiki Beachwalk along Lewers Street and is free to the public.