Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: March 2–8, 2023

See Paula Fuga live, catch a movie at a newly renovated theatre, learn to navigate wa‘a and cheer on kūpuna for Lei Court. 



Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Dept. of Parks and Recreation


14th Annual Kualoa Hakipu‘u Canoe Festival

Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Experience Polynesian voyaging at this annual event where families can check out wa‘a (canoes), talk story with the crew from the Hōkūle‘a, participate in paddling and sailing activities, take navigation lessons and much more.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Kualoa Regional Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Highway,



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Photo: Courtesy of Enchanted Lake Elementary School


Enchanted Lake Elementary School’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

A community event with food trucks, a book fair, games, a silent auction, live music, crafts for keiki and a student talent show. Author and designer Shar Tuiasoa will read from her new children’s book Punky Aloha. Attendees can relive their childhood and purchase baked goods made by the school’s cafeteria bakers, li hing gummies from Ken’s Korner and more delicious snacks. There will also be a presentation highlighting the evolution of the school throughout the decades, with photos and memories shared by former students and community members.


Family-Friendly Event, Free, Enchanted Lake Elementary School, 770 Keolu Dr.,, @enchantedlakeelementary


93rd Lei Court

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Dept. of Parks and Recreation


2023 Lei Day Court Selection

Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year, the 95th Lei Court selection spotlight is on the kūpuna (seniors). Cheer on Melodie Lynn Leinaʻala Naluaʻi Vega, Leilani Kūpahu-Marino Kahoʻāno and Charlene Kapualani Kauhane Harano. Each kupuna will be scored on lei making, English and Hawaiian language proficiency, hula ‘auana, poise and personality. At the end of the event, the Lei Queen and her princesses will be selected, forming the Lei Court.


Family-Friendly Event, Free, Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia St.,



Paula Fuga 8 Photo Sean Michael Hower

Photo: Courtesy of Sean Michael Hower


Paula Fuga

Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m.

Watch soulful Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning singer Paula Fuga perform live with special guests Trishnalei and DJ Keala Kennelly. Fuga is known for songs like “If Ever,” “Misery’s End” and “Liliko‘i.”


$35 in advance, additional $10 day of show, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,,



Kapolei Theatre; exterior

Photo: Courtesy of Consolidated Theatres


Go Watch A Movie at Kapolei Entertainment Center

Beginning Thursday, March 2

A year’s worth of renovations are complete at the Kapolei Entertainment Center, and Consolidated Theatres is celebrating by offering $10 tickets for luxury recliner seats and $8 for traditional seats. The theater reopens just in time for Creed III, a boxing film featuring Michael B. Jordan. The location will also include $5 tickets on Tuesdays.



The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez

Monday, March 6, 7 p.m.

A film by award-winning filmmaker Stacy Peralta, The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez, follows the career of Gerry Lopez, aka Mr. Pipeline, and his pursuit of both surfing and Zen Buddhism. The premiere will be followed by a talk story session with Lopez and friends.


$10, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre

Mary Poppins

Photo: Courtesy of ‘Iolani School


‘Iolani School’s Mary Poppins

Thursday, March 2, to Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Step in time to the popular musical Mary Poppins performed by students of ‘Iolani School. Set in England in 1910, Jane and Michael are swept away in an imaginative adventure with new nanny Mary Poppins, who teaches them the importance of imagination and family.


Family-Friendly Event, $15-$25, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre


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Photo: Credit Aubrey Lee Staley


Into The Woods

Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.

A production of Stephen Sondheim’s popular musical Into The Woods features some of your favorite fairy tale characters, from such stories as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.


Family-Friendly Event, $5 to $10, Farrington High School Auditorium, 1564 N. King St.,



Pineapple Spring Race


Pineapple Sprint Road Race

Sunday, March 5, 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. check in, race begins at 7 a.m.

Check out this annual 11-mile cycling race that begins at the North Shore Marketplace in Hale‘iwa. An awards ceremony will be held at the finish area, with refreshments available. The online registration deadline is Thursday, March 2; there will be no day-of registrations. Walk-up registrations will be available on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Ruger Park at 3906 Kāhala Ave. Race packets can be picked up at the same time.


$25 to $50, begins at North Shore Marketplace, 66-250 Kamehameha Highway,


Navigating A Minefield Gallery 2 Courtesy Honolulu Museum Of Art

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art


Navigating a Minefield: A Manga Depiction of Japanese Americans in the Second World War

Through Saturday, March 19

Good news: This exhibition has been extended from its original end date of Sunday, March 5, to Sunday, March 19. View selections from the graphic novel “Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team” from local author Stacey Hayashi and comic artist Damon Wong. The exhibition explores Japan’s cultural diaspora and how manga uses chibi (cute) style while handling darker subjects like war and racism.


Family-Friendly Event, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania St.,, @honolulumuseum


Game Night Waimanalo

Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Waimānalo


Game Night at Sea Life Park Hawai‘i

Saturday, March 4, 5 to 9 p.m.

Friends of Waimānalo is hosting a game night at Sea Life Park Hawaiʻi and everyone’s invited. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and prizes will be awarded. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Waimānalo Canoe Club.


Family-Friendly Event, $30 presale, $40 at the door, Sea Life Park Hawai‘i, 41-202 Kalaniana‘ole Highway,,, @sealifepark (808) 852-7910