Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: August 10–16, 2023

Take a four-legged friend to a carnival, attend a concert at the aquarium or museum and say aloha to summer at an iconic hotel pool.


Waikiki Beach Walk

Photo: Courtesy of Waikīkī Beach Walk


Makalauna Celebration: Honoring Gabby “Pops” Pahinui

Saturday, Aug. 12, 4 to 8 p.m.

The annual festival that honors the late, slack-key virtuoso Charles Philp “Gabby” Pahinui will feature performances by Del Beazley, Nathan Aweau, the Waimānalo Sunset Band and Greg Sardinha.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Waikīkī Beach Walk Plaza Stage, 277 Lewers St.,, @waikikibeachwalk


SEE ALSO: 8 Things To Do in Waikīkī


Surfjack Pool Party

Photo: Courtesy of The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club


Surfjack Pool Party Fundraiser for Maui

Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Raise funds for those impacted by the Maui fires at this party held at the Surfjack Hotel’s iconic pool. They will be donating 100% of sales of High Noon and Maui Brewing items. Los Angeles-based DJ Lahaina Soul will be spinning tunes while Mahina & Sun’s serves up poolside bites and beverages from its revamped food and tiki-cocktail menu. And through August 20, you can drop off canned goods, dry food, gently used clothing, blankets, towels and toiletries to the hotel’s front desk. Find more information on the donation drive on Instagram.


Free, $8 parking for four hours of validated parking at the offsite self-parking lot at Hyatt Centric Parking Garage, The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, 412 Lewers St.,, @thesurfjack


SEE ALSO: Maui Wildfires: How to Support Our Maui Neighbors From O‘ahu


Paula Fuga Concert Benefitting Maui

Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Nā Hōkū Hano Hano award-winning singer-songwriter Paula Fuga is dedicating her concerts this weekend to the Maui community. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund. The concert will also be livestreamed on Sunday for $10 (on-demand through Sunday, August 20 at 11:59pm HST) so those out of state can also contribute.



$35–$45, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalakaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii


SEE ALSO: Latest on the Maui Wildfires


Fur Angel Foundation Carnival

Photo: Courtesy of Fur-Angel Foundation


3rd Annual K9 and Keiki Carnival

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy a day of games and activities for both keiki and dogs. Browse through vendors and educational booths, play in a bouncy dog obstacle course, check out a dunk tank with celebrity guests, eat delicious food and more.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Momilani Community Center, 715 Ho‘omoana St.,, @fur_angel_foundation


SEE ALSO: Sneak Peek: Hawaiian Humane Society Opens a New Animal Shelter in West O‘ahu


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Photo: Courtesy of the Waikīkī Aquarium


Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series

Thursday, August 10, 7 p.m.

The Friends of the Waikīkī Aquarium holds its final concert of the summer with live performances by Ho‘okahiko Award winner Kawika Kahiapo, slack key guitarist Bobby Moderow Jr. and popular music group Mākaha Sons. Bring your own blankets, mats or chairs for the lawn. Food will be available for purchase from Local Poke Bowl, Honolulu Burger Company, Simply ‘Ono and Uncle’s Ice Cream Sandwiches.


Free for keiki ages 4 and under, $20 for juniors ages 5 to 12, $55 for adults; for members, $15 for juniors, $30 for adults, Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalākaua Ave.,, @waikikiaquarium


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


Jake Shimabukuro

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i


Jake Shimabukuro & Deana Carter

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.

‘Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro returns on stage with country artist Deana Carter. Whether it’s jazz, blues, bluegrass or even classical, Shimabukuro’s a legendary musician with remarkable versatility.



$45–$55, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalakaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii


SEE ALSO: Meet the Hawai‘i Family That Makes the World’s Most Famous ‘Ukulele


Bishop Museum Moonlight Mele

Photo: Credit Jon Asato, Courtesy of Bishop Museum


Moonlight Mele

Friday, Aug. 11, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Join Liam Moleta, Ei Nei, Darren Benitez, Mark Yamanaka and the Mākaha Sons for an evening of Hawaiian music featuring songs from their soon to be released album. Bring blankets, towels, and lawn chairs for seating. Note that outside food and drinks (including any containers with water) or umbrellas are allowed, but empty water bottles are allowed and can be filled at one of the Museum’s water refill stations.



$30 general admission, 20% discount for Bishop Museum members, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.,, @bishopmuseum



A Painting Field Trip with Local Artist Janet Meinke-Lau

Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Go on a painting field trip in Hale‘iwa and enjoy that side of the island’s gorgeous scenery while learning how to paint watercolor with local artist Janet Meinke-Lau.



$150, Polu Gallery Hale‘iwa, 66113 Kamehameha Hwy.,, @polugallery



Waimea Valley concert

Photo: Credit Andrew Pezzulo, Courtesy of Waimea Valley


Waimea Valley Summer Concert

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m.

Waimea Valley hosts this annual summer concert on its main lawn. Artists Na Leo Pilimehana, Waiolohia, Kekoa Kane and Jerry Santos will bring live music and hula to the North Shore, and the host will be Kimo Kahoʻāno, who will serve as the emcee. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Food and beverages will be on sale at the concert area.



Family-Friendly Event, online tickets are $12 for seniors and children under 4, $18 for adults; gate tickets are $25 per adult and $20 for seniors and children, Waimea Valley, Hale‘iwa,, @waimeavalleyoahu



Broadway Through the Years

Saturday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.

The 40-man Sounds of Aloha Chorus will be performing all your favorite Broadway musicals in four-part acapella harmony. They’ll be joined by special guest star Shari Lynn, a Honolulu singer and actress, and After Hours, the 2018 international barbershop champion quartet.



$12–$49, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre



Don Ho’s Birthday and Free Tribute Concert With Henry Kapono

Friday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate the late legendary entertainer Don Ho, who would be 93 on his birthday on Aug. 13. There will be a lei draping ceremony at his statue at 10 a.m. in the International Market Place Banyan Court, Level 1. From 5 to 6 p.m., enjoy a performance with Henry Kapono and other artists paying tribute to Don Ho.


Family-Friendly Event, free, International Market Place, 2330 Kalākaua Ave.,, @intlmktplace