Your Guide to the Perfect Fourth of July Weekend in Honolulu: July 1–7, 2020

Listen to a military jazz band this Fourth of July weekend, check out a museum’s new perspective on Pearl Harbor, buy used books online with drive-thru pickup and take a virtual nature walk.
A time lapse of the Fourth of July fireworks display at ALA MOANA CENTER in 2018. 
Video: Jeff Hawe / Hawai‘i Business Magazine


Listen to A Military Jazz Band

Saturday, July 4, 6 p.m.

Even without the traditional fanfare of fireworks displays and parades full of politicians, you can still catch a virtually live performance of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific at 6 p.m. on July 4. The professional jazz band, made up of active duty musicians, normally plays to embassies and other international audiences, but is performing this year via a Blue Note Hawai‘i partnership with Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Tune in to HPR-1 or watch on it live on both Blue Note Hawai‘i’s and Hawai‘i News Now’s Facebook pages.


pearl harbor
Photo: Courtesy of Battleship Missouri Memorial


See A Rare Relic of Pearl Harbor

Opens July 2

A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona opens this week at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum with a new perspective of that historic day in Hawai‘i and the world. The exhibit features a rare relic from the USS Arizona and tells the story of Dec. 7, 1941, from the aircraft that caused horrific destruction visible through the portholes of the charred ship’s skeleton. The recently reopened museum offers steep discount ticket prices for local folks through the Pearl Harbor kama‘āina family pass. The pass, for two adults and up to four children, costs $79.99 and gives visitors unlimited access to Pearl Harbor historic sites through Sept. 7. Also, the Battleship Missouri Memorial team just remodeled the kamikaze exhibit on the ship’s second deck. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack this year, the exhibit includes new artifacts and last letters home from pilots, courtesy of the Chiran Peace Museum in Japan, and is the ship’s first permanent exhibit to be translated into four languages (English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese). Social distancing rules apply.

Shuttle from Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Arizona Memorial Place,



Mānoa Valley Theatre Streams Award-Winning Shipment Day Play

Now through July 30

Watch a powerful original play that shares the real-life story of a resilient young woman suddenly ripped from her life in Honolulu in 1937 and exiled to remote Kalaupapa because of a diagnosis of a then-incurable disease, streaming online. Shipment Day debuted as a full-length play at Mānoa Valley Theatre in 2018, written about Olivia Robello Breitha by her cousin, Hawai‘i-born playwright Lorenzo DeStefano. The award-winning production seems more relevant now for everyone, including the actress who discovered a hidden family tie to Kalaupapa.

It streams until July 30 on Mānoa Valley Theatre’s website.


SEE ALSO: Kalihi to Kalaupapa: A New Play Shares One Woman’s Story of Surviving Exile


Buy Bargain Books to Support Public Libraries

Open Now

Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i had to cancel its big annual book sale with a cultlike following, so the organization launched an online bookstore. More than 12,000 people normally attend the summer event sponsored by the organization to support the state’s public libraries. To help feed our book needs and raise money, volunteers prepped more than 7,000 books and media and add more each day. Curbside pickup is available in Hālawa Valley.

99-1132 Iwa‘ena St.,


summer staycation hotel deal
Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i 


More Events

Splurge on a Lānaʻi Getaway That’s Discounted

Starts July 1

Dreaming of a luxury staycation on Lānaʻi but figured since billionaire Larry Ellison took over that we’d never see tempting kama‘āina rates again? Beginning July 1, both Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi and Sensei Lānaʻi, A Four Seasons Resort reopen to kama‘āina. It’s still pricey but might never be a cheaper splurge, with 20% off online rates at the beachfront resort and an à la carte rate at the mountain resort. All bookings include the price of the flight to and from Honolulu.


Kickball Rock Da Vote Kickback

Sunday, July 5, 1-4 p.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park near the Pi‘ikoi intersection 

This family-friendly event serves a double purpose: It provides a chance to register to vote (before the July 9 deadline for the Aug. 8 Hawai‘i primary election) and helps comedian Ashley Dee celebrate her birthday. Social distancing will be observed at the outdoor event.


Book a Virtual Forest Bathing Walk

Before the pandemic, certified forest therapy guide Phyllis Look ushered small groups along easy trails under a canopy of trees in the rainforests of Mānoa and Kāne‘ohe. You don’t get wet or take off your clothes for Forest Bathing Hawai‘i, but you do immerse in nature. The company currently is offering live online experiences to connect across the social distance. Look says coming back to nature, “each in our own spaces,” translates surprisingly well over Zoom. The virtual forest still offers an oasis of peace, where folks can reflect and connect in these vulnerable times. 

$15–$25 (free for essential workers),


O‘ahu Cemetery Pūpū Theatre: Woman’s Triumph

Through July 5

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and Oʻahu Cemetery and Crematorium extended its Pūpū Theatre program of Woman’s Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment, focused on the history of women’s suffrage. Actors bring historic Hawaiian figures to life in the cemetery. The event will be available online only with pay-what-you-can ticket fees.


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