Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: April 27–May 3, 2023

Join a local bookstore’s fifth anniversary party, view handmade quilts by gifted artists, eat all kinds of SPAM dishes and celebrate Lei Day.


Books on display in da shop.

Photo: Courtesy of da Shop


da Shop Turns 5

Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate da Shop’s fifth anniversary on Independent Bookstore Day with a birthday sale, author meet and greet opportunity, and a birthday cake at 2 p.m. The store will be offering goodies like 25% off in-store purchases, 50% off select titles, da Shop sticker with any purchase, and a free tote bag with $100 purchase. Authors and vendors like Jahier Studio, Kākou Collective, Meristic Designs, Tamiko Claire Ceramics, and Scott Kikkawa will be celebrating.


Family-Friendly Event, Free, da Shop, 3565 Harding Ave.,, @dashophnl



A headshot of Raiatea Helm.

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra


Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and Raiatea Helm

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Moloka‘i musician Raiatea Helm reunites with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performing traditional mele. She’s famous for her powerful leo ki‘eki‘e, or female falsetto singing, combined with her ‘ukulele.


$27 to $99, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre



A close-up shot of Donna Kanealii's quilt.

Photo: Courtesy of Downtown Art Center


Quilting Down Memory Lane

From May 2 through May 14

Downtown Art Center’s second floor Main Gallery will be decorated with colorful handmade quilts made by the talented artisans of the Hawai‘i Quilt Guild. The exhibit will be on view through May 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. There will be a First Friday reception on Friday night, May 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.


Free, Downtown Art Center, 1041 Nu‘uanu Ave.,, @downtownartcenter



Hawai‘i Theatre’s Lei Day Concert

Sunday, April 30, 4 p.m.

Celebrate Lei Day with a concert by award-winning artist Kalani Pe‘a. He returns on stage for his fifth annual May Day concert and will be joined by fellow artists Nāpua Greig, Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka Mākena, and more.


$45–$100, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre



Avant Garden

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art


Avant Garden

Saturday, April 29, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

A magical evening blooming with art in Honolulu Museum of Art’s (HoMA) galleries and courtyards will feature performances and experiences throughout the venue: dance, kanikapila, live body painting, a 3D project experience, and more. Guests are invited to dress to impress in their most creative, garden-inspired cocktail attire. Tickets include pūpū and drinks from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and free parking. Cocktails and garden-party-inspired food will be available for purchase at the event.


$125 for HoMA members, $150 for non-members, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania St.,, @honolulumuseum



The Spam Montecristo Sandwich by Aloha Beer

Photo: Courtesy of Waikīkī SPAM JAM


Waikīkī Spam Jam

Saturday, April 29, 4 to 10 p.m.

An annual festival dedicated to all things SPAM, with live entertainment and vendors selling creative dishes made out of this popular pantry staple. Proceeds go to organizations such as Hawai‘i Foodbank. Check out all the unique ways SPAM is being prepared for the festival in our recent sneak peek.


Family-Friendly Event, free, along Kalākaua Avenue in Waikīkī,, @waikikispamjam



Headshot of Gary Gulman

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i


Gary Gulman

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

American comedian Gary Gulman was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and recorded a HBA special in June 2019 entitled The Great Depresh. He’s known for being honest about his depression and anxiety in his skits in the hopes of destigmatizing medication and therapy.


$30 to $40, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii



The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night

Friday, April 28, 10 p.m.

Calling all Swifties—the Republik is holding a party for Taylor Swift fans this Friday night where you can sing and dance your heart out to all her hit songs.


$15 to $25, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd. #30,, @jointherepublik



Kids and their parents sit in the audience to watch Peter and the Wolf.

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra


Keiki Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, April 27, 5 and 6:15 p.m.

The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra brings Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf to life with two free keiki concerts. This classic symphonic fairy tale will include narration in English. The performances are about 40 minutes long and free and open to the public. Free keiki crafts, including animal mask-making, will take place starting at 4:30 p.m.


Family-Friendly Event, free, The Barn at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 327 Keawe St.,, @saltourkakaako



Three members of the 93rd Lei Court.

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Dept. of Parks and Recreation


95th Annual Lei Day Celebration

Monday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

An annual celebration of Lei Day, this year’s exhibit will include live Hawaiian music, hula, and a lei contest exhibit showcasing some of the most beautifully crafted lei in a variety of colors and methods.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Kapi‘olani Park, 3840 Paki Ave.,