Your Guide to the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend in Honolulu: May 20–26

Cheer on the class of 2020, learn to cook from a veteran chef, laugh your butt off at a comedy show and pay tribute to your loved ones. All you need is a computer (phones and tablets count, too)!
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Photo: Kelsey Ige


Virtual High School Graduations

Throughout May

For many high school seniors, this weekend is commencement. And just because in-person ceremonies are canceled, it doesn’t mean the festivities are, too. Several public schools will be livestreaming ceremonies and drive-thru diploma pickups that will air on some media outlets. Check out this list to find what every DOE high school plans to do for graduation. Also, some private schools, such as Kamehameha Schools, will also be hosting virtual ceremonies. Go class of 2020! Find the perfect local graduation gifts here.


SEE ALSO: Hawai‘i Public Schools Announce Commencement Plans

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Photo: Kelli Bullock


Shinnyo Lantern Floating

Monday, May 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Every year on Memorial Day, 7,000 candlelit lanterns float out from our shores in tribute to our loved ones and military personnel who have died. Instead of lanterns this year, a one-hour broadcast streamed on Hawai‘i News Now and online will include a blessing and personal stories of sacrifice and struggles overcome. The public is also asked to submit prayers, stories and remembrances that will be published online. For more information and to submit your messages, go here.

Tune in on Instagram and Facebook.


A Taste of Four Seasons: What’s in Your Pantry?

Friday, May 22, noon to 1 p.m.

The Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina hosts weekly online master classes through its Coconut Wire series. This week’s show features Martin Knaubert, the resort’s veteran chef and director of food and beverage. He will show us how to cook healthy breakfast and lunch staples using what we can typically find in our pantries and other ingredients that we may have forgotten we had.

Tune in on Facebook.

Slightly Off: A Virtual Improv Comedy Show

Saturday, May 23, 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Improv Hawai‘i has moved all of its comedy classes and live shows online. On Saturdays, the group hosts free virtual improv shows that feature long and short skits and maybe a little bit of rapping. On top of that, they also have virtual comedy rap battles, workshops and even a CD release party that you can tune in to almost every week.

Tune in via and Facebook.


SEE ALSO: How Hawai‘i Comedians Are Using Social Media to Cash in on Local Culture


More Events


King Tides, Sea-Level Rise and Community Science seminar

Wednesday, May 20, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about coastal impacts and rising sea levels through this interactive webinar hosted by the Waikīkī Aquarium. Register here.


Pop-Up Mākeke live show

Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m.

Tune in to one of the last livestream shows hosted by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Pop-Up Mākeke, an online shopping website featuring more than 100 local small businesses and artisans. Watch it on Facebook.


SEE ALSO: How Pop-Up Mākeke Went From an Idea to an Online Hot Spot for Hawai‘i Businesses


Aloha Rising Webinar

Thursday, May 21, 2 to 3 p.m.

This week’s webinar features Kawika Burgess from Kalona Brand, a local group that focuses on sustainable farm operations and food systems, followed by a mele with Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu.


Front Row Seats with Tavana: An Online Concert

Saturday, May 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Catch this live concert and Q&A session with Tavana while you can (the show will be broadcast online to ticket holders but will not be recorded or rebroadcast). Tickets cost $10 each.