Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: August 17–23, 2023

Support Maui with benefit events and drives, attend various festivals celebrating local culture and watch pets surf the waves.


Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Festival


Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Festival

Friday, Aug. 18 to Aug. 27, various times

The annual water sports festival held in Waikīkī celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s life, athletic contributions and spirit through sports that represent his legacy: surfing, swimming, paddleboard racing, beach volleyball and more.


Waikīkī Beach,


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Kolohe Kai

Photo: Courtesy of Maui Ola


Maui Ola: A Benefit Concert for Maui

Sunday, Aug. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.

This benefit concert brings together Hawaiʻi’s musicians, production professionals and media who are donating 100% of their efforts to Maui. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the concert will also be livestreamed on our website, and social media accounts. Portions of the event will also be simulcasted on all local channels throughout the evening.



Family-Friendly Event, $20, Bishop Museum, Great Lawn, 1525 Bernice St.,


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2022 Surfur Derby By Tony Heff

Photo: Credit Tony Heff


Going to Dogs SurFUR ComPETition

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As part of the Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Festival, this surfing competition with pets is sponsored by Raising Cane’s Restaurants and open to all ages—participants have to be intermediate or advanced surfers or paddlers with animals that love being in the water. Previous participants include a pig, cats, ducks and dogs of all sizes.


Family-Friendly Event, Kūhiō Beach,


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Kermet Apio

Friday, August 18, 7 p.m.

Born and raised in Honolulu, comedian Kermet Apio has appeared on television shows such as “Star Search” and “Evening at the Improv” and is a past winner of both the Seattle Comedy Competition and the Great American Comedy Festival.



$25–$35, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre



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Photo: Courtesy of Kaua‘i Film Academy


Too Much Life

Saturday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m.

Attend a red carpet gala fundraiser for the Kaua‘i Film Academy and the world premiere of the film Too Much Life. The film centers around Harper Hudson, the most popular girl at Palm Tree Academy on Kaua‘i. She’s set to win the upcoming school presidential elections, but things take a turn when her closest friend decides to step into the spotlight.



$20–$45, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre



Kapiolani Cc

Photo: Courtesy of Kapiʻolani Community College


I Heart Kapi‘olani CC

Thursday, Aug. 17, 3 to 7 p.m.

Join the annual free community event filled with activities, education and games for the whole family. Play tug-of-war, archery and cornhole, meet the college students, faculty and staff, enjoy a massage, learn how to be a first responder and play games and make crafts in the library. Food from Oli’s Kitchen and Hau‘oli Pastry will be available for purchase.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Kapi‘olani Community College, Makahiapo, Campus Great Lawn, 4303 Diamond Head Rd.,, @uhkapiolani



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Photo: Gregory Yamamoto


Goodwill Goes GLAM! Fashion Show and Sale

Thursday, Aug. 17, 6:30 to 10 p.m. (fashion show)

Friday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This annual celebration of local fashion by Goodwill Hawai‘i kicks off with a fashion show produced by Kim and Jade Alexis Ryusaki, the mother-daughter design duo behind fashion brand Lotus and Lime. Tickets for the fashion show are sold out, but you can watch the show on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. on KHNL and K5 or Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. on KGMB.


For two days after the show, you’ll be able to shop designer fashions and goods at bargain prices and participate in giveaways. Proceeds support Goodwill Hawai‘i’s free job training and placement services that help Hawai‘i residents each year. The sale is free and open to the public.


Free, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave.,, @goodwill_hawaii



Korean Festival Cultural Performance

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Korean Festival

Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In its 19th year, the annual festival is one of the largest and most popular cultural festivals on the island with kim chee eating contests, live K-Pop performances, keiki-friendly cultural games, delicious food and products made locally or imported from South Korea. A portion of all scrip sales at the Korean Festival will go toward Maui relief efforts. A tent at the festival will accept monetary donations, nonperishable food, clothing, toiletries, bedding, pillows and other needed items for Maui.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds, 650 South King St.,, @koreanfestival


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Mele Art Our Kakaako

Photo: Courtesy of Our Kaka‘ako


Mele and Art in Our Kaka‘ako

Saturday, Aug. 19, 3 to 7 p.m.

Kaloko‘eli Courtyard will transform into an artists’ alley with local artists and makers. There will also be Hawaiian music performances and an interactive chalk art installation depicting the iconic Lāhainā Maui Banyan Tree as a tribute to the people of Maui and their resilience. Scan the QR codes throughout the event space to donate to the Pauahi Foundation’s Ho‘ōla Maui fund, which will support Maui youth impacted by the wildfires so they can continue to benefit from a strong educational support system.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Our Kaka‘ako, 443 Keawe St.,, @ourkakaako



One Uddah Mid’summah

Friday, Aug. 18, to Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 19 performance begins 8 p.m.

Check out the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer’s Night Dream adapted into pidgin by local playwright Jackie Pualani Johnson. Grounds to the Hawaiian Mission Houses open at 6 p.m.



Family-Friendly Event, $20–$25, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, 553 South King St.,, @hawaiian_mission_houses



Honu Conservation Program

Photo: Courtesy of Sea Life Park


Sea Life Park Supply Drive for Maui

Through Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All park guests who make a donation during the drive will receive free admission to Sea Life Park. Supplies requested during the drive include canned food and nonperishable items, toiletries, pet food and supplies to help those impacted by wildfires. Drive donations may be made at the ticket office during regular park hours from now through Friday, Aug. 18.


Family-Friendly Event, free admission with donation, Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalaniana‘ole Hwy.,, @sealifepark


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Photo: Courtesy of Made in Hawai‘i Festival


Made in Hawai‘i Festival

Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Back for its 29th year, this three-day shopping spree features nearly 450 local vendors—all selling locally made products. This year’s event is slated to be the biggest one in its history and will be held for the first time at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. A portion of ticket sales and 100% of T-shirt sales will benefit the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.



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


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