Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: April 20–26, 2023
Swing by the ‘Iolani Fair, help out at a beach cleanup for Earth Day and join an online talk story with Hawai‘i’s State Poet Laureate.
Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, noon to 10 p.m.
Attend the the annual fair held at ‘Iolani School with games, keiki activities, food, crafts and EK Fernandez rides. Gamers can compete in Super Smash Bros., Rocket League, Minecraft and VR game tournaments, too. For more details, visit our Ultimate Guide to the ‘Iolani Fair.
Family-Friendly Event, free admission, ‘Iolani School, 563 Kamoku St., iolanifair.org, @iolani_school
Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 30, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Machinal is a thought-provoking play inspired by the real-life 1928 case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. Its use of high-intensity and stylized movement is a good representation of the Expressionist form in theatre. The play will be accompanied by a 30-minute companion piece called The Stain, a one-act play about mental illness set in Kapahulu during the 1930s.
$15-$20, Paliku Theatre, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., windward.hawaii.edu, @palikutheatre
Museums in Times of (Rapid) Technological Change: Past, Present, and Future
Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Adam Levine, director of the Toledo Museum of Art, holds a conversation about the use of technology in museums. He’ll discuss the emergence of electrification, the internet, the rise of NFTs and virtual reality, and how technology affects the way museums showcase art.
Free, Doris Duke Theatre, 900 South Beretania St., honolulumuseum.org, @honolulumuseum
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
Ward Village and Sustainable Farm & Brew teams up to celebrate Earth Day with a butterfly art center, flower pen making crafts, caterpillar experience and a seasonal photobooth. Get a stamp card and visit at least three stations to receive a free self-watering planter.
Family-Friendly Event, free, South Shore Market Courtyard, 1170 Auahi St., wardvillage.com, @wardvillage
SEE ALSO: It’s Earth Month: Here’s Where to Get Cool Eco-Products on O‘ahu
Bicentennial at Hawaiian Missions House
April 25 through 29, various times and locations
Attend a series of online and in-person events that commemorate the bicentennial of the arrival of the American Protestant Missionaries in Hawai‘i. Explore the grounds of the Hawaiian Mission House with games and activities; tour new exhibits and learn more about the history of the Mission Memorial cemetery. Attend a special theatre presentation that portrays what Hawai‘i might have been like in 1823. Visit their website for full details.
Family-friendly event, Hawaiian Mission House, 553 South King Street., missionshouses.org, @hawaiian_mission_houses
Sea Life Park’s Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 23, 8 to 10 a.m.
Sea Life Park Hawai‘i and nonprofit 808 Cleanups are holding a beach cleanup to mark Earth Day. The first 100 participants will get free admission to Sea Life Park Hawai‘i until 4 p.m., where they can enjoy its programs that promote marine conservation and education.
Family-Friendly Event, free, Kaupo Beach, Sea Life Park, sealifeparkhawaii.com, @sealifepark
I Love Kailua Town Party
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After a three-year hiatus, Kailua’s community block party returns with live entertainment, art and food tents. Purchase products from local crafters, artisans and nonprofits. Partial proceeds will benefit the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle and their efforts to plant trees in Kailua.
Family-Friendly Event, Free, Kailua Town Center, lkoc.org
SEE ALSO: Kailua Gets a Casual Outdoor Hangout in the Garden at Boardroom
Saturday, April 22, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Comedian and social media personality Tumua Tuinei will be filming his first full-length comedy special at Hawai’i Theatre this weekend. He’s known for his style of relatable, observational comedy that’s firmly rooted in Hawai‘i’s local culture.
$35 to $100, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., hawaiitheatre.com, @hawaiitheatre
Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe
Sunday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Latin musicians Eddie Ortiz and Son Caribe perform together this weekend. Caribe’s album “Salsa from Hawai‘i II” was a best seller on the island and received Grammy Award consideration in 2004 for Best Salsa/Merengue album. Seating is first come, first served, with a $10 food or beverage minimum per person.
$25, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotejazz.com, @bluenotehawaii
Get Poetic with Hawai‘i’s State Poet Laureate
Saturday, April 22, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall shares stories of Hawai‘i through poetry via a Zoom talk story. She’s the author of The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Paʻakai and her next collection Āina Hānau, Birth Land will be released in June 2023. Online registration is required.
Free, register for this Zoom event here, @hsplshigov
SEE ALSO: Brandy Nālani McDougall Debuts as the New Hawai‘i State Poet Laureate at Hawai’i State Art Museum