Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Aug. 3–9, 2023

Shop drought-tolerant plants, support your local library, see a locally made film, nerd out at Comic Con and grab a free SPAM® musubi.


Growing Up Local poster at Ward Theater

Photo: Andrea Lee


Growing Up Local

Opens Friday, Aug. 4

Set in Waimānalo, Growing Up Local tells the story of Stanley Nagata, a boy who struggles finding his identity past the pressures from his father and loyalty to his friends. The film also explores the conflict in the Nagata family and how those burdens are passed down from father to son through each generation. Directed by local filmmaker James Sereno, the film premieres on Friday, Aug. 4, and will run for two weeks. There will be a Q&A on Friday, Aug. 4, following the 7 p.m. show at Pearlridge Theatres and on Saturday after the 7 p.m. show at Ward Theatres.



Ward Theatres and Pearlridge Theatres,, @kineticproductions808


SEE ALSO: In Growing Up Local, a Waimānalo Boy Battles for His Destiny


1 PlantsaleEarlier unthirsty plant sale at the Hālawa Xeriscape Garden. Photo: Honolulu Board of Water Supply succulents

Photo: Honolulu Board of Water Supply


Unthirsty Plant Sale

Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shop drought-tolerant plants, including native species, at this popular sale. Expect cacti, bromeliads, aloe, rosemary, Amaryllis, Pedilanthus tithymaloides and much more. Park along Iwaena or Iwaiwa Streets, then catch a free shuttle to Hālawa Xeriscape Garden.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Hālawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1268 Iwaena St.,, @bwshonolulu


SEE ALSO: Unthirsty Plant Sale Returns: Save Water With Drought-Tolerant Plants


National Spam Musubi Day L&L

Photo: Courtesy of L&L Hawai‘i


Celebrate National SPAM® Musubi Day

Tuesday, Aug. 8

It’s National SPAM® Musubi Day on Tuesday, Aug. 8, and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is giving away free SPAM® musubi to celebrate. Download the coupon on that day from the L&L Hawai‘i app, then visit your nearest participating restaurant location to claim your free musubi and enjoy. L&L Hawai‘i will also be offering limited-edition T-shirts created by Hawai‘i-based artist 7Sketches to show your love for the canned meat.


Family-Friendly Event, free, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue locations,, @llhawaiianbbq



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Photo: Tien Enga


Comic Con Honolulu

Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6

Fans from all fandoms can attend this three-day convention to meet special guests from comic, gaming, television and movie industries. Learn how to improve your cosplays and photography, try paint-and-take workshops, take a free keiki coding class, shop local artists and vendors and play tabletop games. Kids aged 10 and under get in free with a paying adult. You can pre-register online or buy passes at the door.



Family-Friendly Event, $55 to $70, service fee $6.53 to $8.23, Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave.,, @comicconhnl



The 1975

Sunday, Aug. 6, 7 to 10 p.m.

The 1975 is an English pop rock band formed in 2002, comprised of Matt Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald and George Daniel. They’re known for songs like “About You,” “I’m in Love With You,” “Robbers” and more.



$49.50–$110, Tom Moffatt Waikīkī Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave.,, @bampproject


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to Concerts and Live Music in Honolulu


Love My Library Signs

Photo: Courtesy of Krystal Kakimoto


Love My Library Day

Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to noon

Celebrate your love for libraries with this free event that brings librarians and the community together with free keiki crafts and Rally-4-Libraries sign-making and waving. Dress up as your favorite book or movie character to enter to win prizes.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Ala Moana Beach Park, sites 8 and 9, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.,, @hawaiilibraryassociation


SEE ALSO: The Best New Back-to-School Books According to a Librarian


Free Admission to Pearl Harbor Historic Sites for U.S. Coast Guard

Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6

This weekend, U.S. Coast Guard military members (active duty, retirees, dependents and veterans) can enjoy free admission to the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum and free self-guided audio tours and the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Experience from Pacific Historic Parks. A valid military I.D. must be presented. U.S. Coast Guard military members and their dependents are also welcome to assemble at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Bell Court at 3:30 p.m. for a special 4 p.m. USS Arizona Memorial boat program on the free pass days.


Family-Friendly Event, free for U.S. Coast Guard military members, Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, Pacific History Parks,



Made In Hawaii 2022 Photo By Anthony Consillio Ac 369

Photo: Courtesy of Made in Hawai‘i Festival


Buy Tickets for Made in Hawai‘i Festival

Friday, Aug. 4

This year’s Made in Hawai‘i Festival is slated to be the largest one ever, with nearly 450 vendors gathering at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. While the festival takes place from Aug. 18–20, online ticket sales for all-day access launched this week.



Family-Friendly Event, $8, Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave.,, @madeinhi


SEE ALSO: Your Insider Guide to the 29th Made in Hawai‘i Festival



Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i


Cory Wong

Thursday, Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Minneapolis musician and producer Wong is known for his talent with the rhythm guitar, spanning genres of jazz, rock and funk. He’s collaborated with bands like The Fearless Flyers, Dirty Loops and Vulfpeck and has also made his name as a solo artist. Audiences love his funny and larger-than-life stage presence. This is his debut performance at Blue Note Hawai‘i.




$55 to $65, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii



My Treehouse Club Bon Dance

Friday, Aug. 4, 5–8 p.m.

Attend a traditional matsuri—a Japanese-style summer carnival—with games, prizes, snack booths, food stalls, bon dancing and a taiko performance hosted by My Treehouse Club. Festival entry is free, and scrips will be used for keiki game booths, which are priced at $40 for 40 scrips. Food and other vendors will take cash, credit cards and Venmo. You can purchase scrip online prior to the event when you register—registration is not required but will let the host know how many people to expect.



Family-Friendly Event, free admission, Pālolo Hongwanji, 1641 Pālolo Ave.,, @mytreehouseclub


SEE ALSO: O‘ahu Bon Dance Schedule 2023