Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 20–26, 2023

Enjoy the Mākaha Sons on the marina, attend a mini summer matsuri (festival) and watch SpongeBob and Mean Girls come to life on stage.


Makaha Sons at Hawaii Kai Towne Center for Mele on the Marina

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center


Mākaha Sons at Mele on the Marina

Saturday, July 22, 2023, 3 to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy summer concerts at Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, featuring hālau hula performances and award-winning musicians like Mike Tulba, Kawela Kamakana, Davin Oyama and the popular Mākaha Sons. The Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center prize wheel will also be available for guests to win fun prizes.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, Marina Docks, 333 Keahole Street,, @hawaiikaitownecenter



Waimea Valley Screen on the Green

Photo: Courtesy of Waimea Valley


Waimea Valley Movie

Thursday, July 20, sundown

Throughout the month of July, Waimea Valley is offering a free film screening every Thursday on its main lawn. Co-sponsored by FarmLovers, this is a fun event for the whole family to enjoy while taking in the sights of the valley. This week’s screening will be the PG-rated movie Puss in Boots – The Last Wish. Bring your own chairs and blankets for seating.


Free, Waimea Valley Road, Hale‘iwa, (808) 638-7766,, @waimeavalleyoahu


SEE ALSO: Where to Watch Outdoor Movies on O‘ahu This Summer


Cory Henry

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i


Cory Henry

Sunday, July 23, and Monday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.

Cory Henry is a Grammy® award-winning artist and keyboard musician whose album “Something to Say” was nominated at the 2022 Grammy Awards for Best Progressive R&B Album.



$35–$45, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @coryhenry



Mini Matsuri Summer Festival

Photos: Courtesy of Fishcake (right), Erika Pascual (left)


Mini Matsuri Summer Festival

Saturday, July 22, 4 to 10 p.m.

Fishcake’s first-ever Mini Matsuri Summer Festival celebrates the spirit of summer through art-making activity booths, fun games, vintage and locally made designer clothing for sale and a selection of popular food trucks.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Fishcake, 307 Kamani St.,, @fishcakehawaii


SEE ALSO: Our Guide: Honolulu Summer Festivals


Diamond Head Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast

Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 12, 9:30 p.m.

Relive the enchanting fairytale about Belle, a beauty from a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under a cruel spell. This musical is based on Disney’s 1991 film and includes all our favorite songs like “Be Our Guest,” “Belle” and the iconic “Beauty and the Beast.”



Family-Friendly Event, $50, Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapu‘u Ave.,, @diamondheadtheatre


SEE ALSO: Honolulu Theater and Musicals: Summer Lineup


Kimie Miner Kenna Reed Courtesy Of Kimie Miner

Photo: Kenna Reed, Courtesy of Kimie Miner


Kimié Miner “1985+Reborn”

Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Kimié Miner celebrates her birthday weekend with a concert series. The Nā Hōkū award-winning singer-songwriter will perform her own hit songs as well as covers and will be joined with guest singers on stage. A portion of the proceeds will go to her mentorship program, which seeks to empower Hawai‘i’s youth through artistic expression.



$38–$48, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @playkimie


SEE ALSO: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Kimié Miner


Jeremy Zucker

Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m.

American singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker is beloved for songs like “Comthru,” “You Were Good to Me” and “All the Kids Are Depressed.” The young artist dabbles in pop, indie and electronic music.



$39.50, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,, @jointherepublik


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


Awa Ceremony

Photo: Courtesy of Keahi Pi‘ihoi‘a


Cultural Practice: ‘Awa

Sunday, July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Facilitated by ‘Auli‘i Aweau and led by cultural practitioner Keahi Piiohia, participants will learn the mo‘olelo (story) of the land and the cultural significance and uses of ‘awa (or kava). Activities include planting the ‘awa, making ‘apu (coconut shell cups) and participating in an ‘awa ceremony. All participants will meet at the entrance to Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Gardens at 8:30 a.m. to be guided to Lūluku Farms.



Family-Friendly Event, free, Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Gardens to Lūluku Farms,, @dunyc.hi




Photo: Courtesy of Lexie Frare


SpongeBob the Musical

Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m.

A dynamic musical based on the animated Nickelodeon comedy series takes the stage. When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world.



Family-Friendly Event, $10–$20, Ernst Lab Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd.,, @uhmkennedytheatre



Mean Girls

Photo: Courtesy of Audrey Castaneda Walker


Mean Girls

Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 23, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tina Fey’s hit 2004 film of the same name inspired a hilarious musical. Cady Heron is homeschooled and unfamiliar with suburban school life but must quickly navigate the popularity chain by taking on The Plastics, a trio of frenemies led by Regina George.



Family-Friendly Event, $10–$25, Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd.,, @uhmkennedytheatre