Your Guide to the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend in Honolulu: May 24–27, 2019

Celebrate the long weekend with this lineup of Island events.

Lantern Floating Hawai‘i 2019

PHOTO: courtesy of lantern floating Hawai‘i


Lantern Floating Hawai‘i

Monday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Losing a loved one is never easy. Whether it’s a relative, friend or pet, Lantern Floating Hawai‘i, held on Memorial Day each year, is a beautiful opportunity to remember those we’ve lost and celebrate life’s many gifts. After a blessing by Her Holiness Shinso-Ito, head of Buddhist school Shinnyo-en, floating lanterns—decorated with photos and messages to those who have passed—are placed in the ocean from Ala Moana Beach Park. For those interested in participating in the ceremony or watching it live from home, see our Essential Guide to the 2019 Lantern Floating Festival.


Free, Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, go here.


The Magic of Adam Trent

Saturday, May 25, 8 p.m.

Adam Trent, known as The Futurist, has his own spin on magic incorporating traditional tricks, technology and stunts. With a combination of comedy, performance and illusions, Trent invites the audience to join in the magic-making. You never know what tricks he’ll have up his sleeve.

$35–$65, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

  2019 Hawai‘i Geek Meet



Hawai‘i Geek Meet

Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Geeks are cool. Need proof? Just head to the Hawai‘i Geek Meet and you’ll see what we mean. A fun and inclusive gathering for those passionate about their hobbies, Geek Meet is about as diverse an event as they get, featuring techies, artists, cosplayers, comic buffs, gamers, Lego builders, and many, many more who would love to share their stories and skills with new friends.

Free, Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, go here.


Coming Up

Pau Hana Artist Talk: Lauren Hana Chai and Jodi Endicott

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This month’s installment in the Pau Hana Artist Talk series, which takes place every last Wednesday of the month at Hawai‘i State Art Museum, will feature not one, but two talented Hawai‘i artists. Join Lauren Hana Chai and Jodi Endicott for a post-work meet-and-greet as they share the creativity, themes and inspirations behind their work.

Free, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., Second Floor. For more information, go here.


SunSets Live: Christian Yrizarry

Friday, May 24  |  6 to 8 p.m.

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Crimson Apple’s EP Pre-Release Homecoming Show

Friday, May 24  |  7 to 10 p.m.

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Cherry Blossom Cabaret Presents: The Glass Slipper Cabaret

Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25  |  7 p.m.

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The KVC Night Market

Saturday, May 25  |  4 to 8 p.m.

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42nd Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

Saturday, May 25  |  5 to 10:30 p.m.

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Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.


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