Your Guide to the Perfect Father’s Day Weekend in Honolulu: June 17–23, 2020

This week we’re celebrating Juneteenth with a comedy show, steak-loving fathers, old-school drive-in movies, Filipino food and more.

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Father’s Day

Sunday, June 21

Most dads will tell you that they don’t need or want anything for Father’s Day, especially now with Hawai‘i being in a lighter version of lockdown. Stop right there, Papa. If it’s a hunk of meat you’re after, look no further for specials than our Hale ‘Aina finalists and winner for Best Steak—all of which offer takeout and delivery. Ruth’s Chris has a rib-eye with a lobster tail, three-course surf and turf special starting at $59 while Hy’s Steak House has a 5-pound roasted prime rib dinner for five, which comes with cheesy biscuits, Caesar salad, veggies, mashed potatoes and cheesecake for $298.43. Stripsteak is offering an impressive Father’s Day feast at home for the entire family starting at $159 (order by Friday and pick up on Sunday between noon and 4 p.m.) and Morton’s is offering both a Chef’s Table Home Steak Kit, which starts at $89, as well as a decadent four-course meal available for delivery and takeout, starting at $59 per person. If Dad is looking for something other than red meat, check out the dine-in Sunday Father’s Day Brunch at Hau Tree Lānai (10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) or the teishoku-style menu at Hōkū’s at The Kāhala ($75 per person, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.).


SEE ALSO: The Best Hawai‘i Restaurants for Celebrating a Special Occasion


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Black Laughs Matter: Juneteenth Comedy Weekend

Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. shows

Comedians Tre Kun, Lance Liverman, Ashley Dee and Pepper Lamb take the stage at this newly renovated Chinatown art space over Juneteenth weekend. These four comics will perform twice on Friday and Saturday to not only celebrate the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas (the last state of the Confederacy) but to “decompress, let loose, and just laugh with one another,” says Ashley Dee. “With everything that is going on in this country right now, this weekend will be a celebration of how far we as black people have come, but also a somber reminder of how far we still have to go. This comedy show will be one that you do not want to miss because it will be a true representation of how we as a people have always been able to persevere through our pain, and turn our tragedy into triumph!” Dee has been an organizer and speaker at a number of Black Lives Matter protests here on O‘ahu.

$20, Downstage HNL Theater, 1128 Smith St.,


SEE ALSO: Watch as Thousands Protest in Downtown Honolulu in Support of Black Lives Matter


Drive-In Movie: The Addams Family (2019)

Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.

Get ready to snap your fingers because powerhouse Charlize Theron, dreamboat Oscar Isaac (the new Star Wars trilogy), Boomer-classic Martin Short, Honolulu-born diva Bette Midler and young ones Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Finn Wolfhard (Netflix’s Stranger Things) are hitting the outdoor movie screen as the animated Addams family. We’re big fans of quarantine’s drive-in viewing trend so pile the family into the car to keep showing support for more outdoor (and 6-feet-apart safe) summer activities. Previous drive-in screenings filled up in a flash so don’t wait.

Free, Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie,


SEE ALSO: Movies, TV Shows, Operas and Stage Plays to Stream at Home


Life Interrupted: Couples

Thursday, June 18, 1 p.m.

The pandemic threw families, couples and roommates suddenly—and sometimes awkwardly—together as it disrupted our routines. Those who don’t live together had a different reality to figure out as authorities told us that COVID-19 meant we should stay at home. We’re facing fears over keeping our families safe, financial strain, childcare issues, balancing work and home life, and sometimes just figuring out how to share the same space in a way we never had to before. What can we do to support each other and to work toward harmony and balance? HONOLULU presents the fourth webinar in this series with NAMI Hawai‘i.

Register for the free webinar here. Watch past panel discussions on Moments, Youth and Sports, see the upcoming schedule and register for more webinars here


SEE ALSO: ESPN Honolulu’s Bobby Curran Joins as Moderator for “Life Interrupted: Sports”


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Filipino Food Week Hawai‘i

Until Saturday, June 20

As if adobo couldn’t get any better, Hawai‘i’s pinoy chefs have prepared it three ways: pork adobo crunch wrap, adobo bao and adobo sa gata (coconutty yumminess). Some of which are cooked in an easy-peasy Instant Pot—and boy, do we love a bit of ease when it comes to the complicated dishes. The second half of Filipino Food Week continues with more virtual cooking and cocktail concoction classes.


Patsy Mink and her signature legislation, Title IX

Thursday, June 18, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Learn more about the life and legendary milestones of the U.S. congresswoman during this free virtual presentation and Q&A session. Registration is required.


SEE ALSO: Patsy Mink Was Already in the Political Vanguard When We Interviewed Her in 1985


Virtually Live: Jake Shimabukuro

Saturday, June 20, 6–7 p.m.

While venues remain closed, Hawai‘i Public Radio has teamed up with Blue Note Hawai‘i to present regular live shows with local artists. 



SEE ALSO: Here’s What It’s Like Grabbing a Beer at Waikīkī Brewing Co. in Kaka‘ako During Quarantine



Beer Lab HI Homebrew Competition

Entries will be accepted Friday, June 26–Tuesday, June 30

Sign up for the local craft brewers’ first homebrew competition and find out if you have the next winning IPA recipe.

$10 per entry,


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