Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 13–19, 2023

Pay homage at the Prince Lot Hula Festival, see the new Salman Toor exhibit and celebrate our favorite instrument, the ‘ukulele.


Moonlight Mele

Photo: Courtesy of Kapena


Moonlight Mele

Friday, July 14, 5 to 9 p.m.

Bishop Museum’s popular evening concert series returns this summer—this week’s performance will be headlined by performers Kapena, Walea, Kulāiwi and Maunalua. Bring blankets, towels, and lawn chairs for lawn seating. Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for their next concert date, which is Friday, August 11.



$30 general admission, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.,, @bishopmuseum



Hālau Pua Ali‘i Ilima at the 2021 Prince Lot Hula Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Moanalua Gardens Foundation


Prince Lot Hula Festival

Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival returns in person for the first time in four years with performances by 12 hālau hula and a concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band. You can also browse the market of crafters and artisans, grab local cuisine from food vendors and participate in Hawaiian cultural demonstrations like lei making and poi pounding.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 650 S. King St.,


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Peter And The Wolf

Photo: Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra


Peter and the Wolf at the Honolulu Zoo

Saturday, July 16, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Check out a kid-friendly mini orchestra performance at the zoo this weekend. Peter and the Wolf will be performed by the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks. Each character is represented by a different orchestra instrument and will teach important life lessons to children in a way that is both educational and entertaining. The show is included with zoo admission.


Family-Friendly Event, Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahulu Ave.,, @thehonoluluzoo



Three Friends In A Cab (2021) by Salman Toor

Photo: Salman Toor (American, b. 1983), Three Friends in a Cab, 2021, Oil on panel. © Salman Toor
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York, credit Farzad Owrang


Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love

Opens July 14, 2023

On view through Oct. 8, this museum exhibition showcases Salman Toor’s unique approach to figurative painting through more than 45 recent paintings and works on paper. Taking inspiration from European, American and South Asian artistic traditions, Toor weaves together contemporary scenes exploring class, culture and individuality. Plus, you can meet the artist on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at an Artist Talk.


Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania St.,, @honolulumuseum


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Starlight Festival: Women Rock

Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.

Vocalists Shayna Steele, Brie Cassil and Kelly LeVesque feature powerful rock’n’roll songs by female artists Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, Carly Simon and more.



$15–$75, Tom Moffatt Waikīkī Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave.,, @hawaiisymphonyorchestra


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The Pharcyde

Photo: Courtesy of The Republik


The Pharcyde

Saturday, July 15, 6 p.m.

Alternative hip-hop group The Pharcyde performs live—you might recognize a few songs from the ‘90s like “Drop,” “Yo Mama” and “Otha Fish.”



$35, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,, @jointherepublik



Ukulele Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi ʻUkulele Festival


‘Ukulele Festival

Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring the whole family for this annual celebration of all things ‘ukulele. This year’s slated to be a fun one with live stage entertainment, a keiki fun zone, crafts, a food court and ‘ukulele inspired goods.


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



Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 23, 1 and 6 p.m.

It’s a whole new world with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie as they explore mystical caves, go on a magical carpet ride and defeat Jafar, the evil sorcerer. Adapted specially for young performers, this child-friendly musical includes all your favorite Alan Menken songs like “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World” and “Prince Ali.”



$5–$10, Family-Friendly Event, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., @hawaiitheatre


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Peabo Bryson

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i


Peabo Bryson

Thursday, July 13, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winner vocalist Peabo Bryson is known for his beautiful and operatic voice. With twenty albums under his belt, Bryson is the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts.



$45–$65, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii



Still from “Malia” film

Photo: Still from “Malia”


Surf Like a Girl 2023

Saturday, July 15 & Friday, July 21, 2 p.m.

Part of the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, this screening features short films that focuses on the surf experiences of women on the water.



$12 for museum members, $15 general admission, Doris Duke Theatre, 900 South Beretania St.,, @honolulumuseum


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