Your Guide to the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend in Honolulu: May 25–31, 2022

Find peace during the lantern floating festival, celebrate a three-day weekend at the 50th State Fair, admire art highlighting local artists and more.

 

Dusendschon Waiahole Poi Factory

Image: Robert Dusendschon, Waiāhole Poi Factory, originals and prints of iconic O‘ahu scenes

 

Iconic O‘ahu: Buildings, Beaches, and Backroads

Through May 28, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

O‘ahu is the island with the most hustle and bustle. This contributes to diverse views, from gleaming towers and wide avenues to squat buildings, backroads and more. This art exhibit honors the beautiful landscapes and architecture of O‘ahu through the unique lenses of talented local artists. Visit this event on May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a pau hana reception and a chance to meet with the artists.

 

Free, 1159 Nu‘uanu Ave., (808) 521-2903, artsatmarks.com, @artsatmarks

 


 

No Stop Light: Moloka‘i

Through May 28, open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays

Moving away from the shining lights and tall buildings of O‘ahu, immerse yourself in the beauty of Moloka‘i, the island known for, among other things, its lack of stoplights. This art show is the most expansive effort yet to capture the serenity of this quiet island from the perspective of Moloka‘i artists. Many art mediums will be highlighted, from sculptures to photographs to jewelry and more.

 

Free, 1141 Nu‘uanu Ave., (808) 349-6270, downtownarthi.org, @downtownartcenter

 


 

Lahaina Noon May 27 2020 Aaron Yoshino

HONOLULU Magazine staff photographer Aaron K. Yoshino captured Lahaina Noon on May 27, 2019. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

Fun Fact: Hawai‘i is the only state located between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Why does this matter? It’s the only place in the U.S. where the sun shines directly above us. Read more

 


 

 

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Lāhainā Noon Concert

Thursday, May 26, noon

Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer and violinist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti will lead a concert to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Sky Gate sculpture on the Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, which, at solar noon, will project a shadow shaped as a ring. Hawaiʻi is one of the only places in the world that experiences “solar noon”—and it only happens in May and July each year. It’s called Lāhainā noon locally. Come for the concert, stay for the food—and definitely wear sunscreen and bring water. Food trucks will be available at the event as well as fun activities for your keiki.

 

Free, 558 S. King St., (808) 768-6622, honolulumoca.org @hnl_moca

 


 

 

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50th State Fair

May 27–July 4, various times

Are you ready to let out your biggest screams? The 50th State Fair is making its return with fun rides, a petting zoo, circus and so much more. This weekend, it’s open from 6 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday and Monday. Some dates will feature special live performances by local bands and singers, including Rebel Souljahz on Monday at 7 p.m. Parking is $9 per car, so carpool with family members or friends. In addition to paid parking, a Fun Pass is required for entrance, rides, games, food and more. Before 5 p.m. all Fun Passes will be $3; after 5 p.m. to closing (usually between 9 p.m. and midnight) all Fun Passes will be $6. Fun Passes can be reloaded throughout the fairgrounds, but only the large red kiosks accept credit cards, so bring cash if you want to avoid what we imagine will be the longer lines. This Sunday and Monday, all rides will be 50% off between noon and 5 p.m.

 

$3–$6 Fun Pass admission, 99 Salt Lake Blvd., (808) 682-5767, ekfernandezshows.com, @ekfernandezshows

 


 

Shinnyo Lantern Floating

May 27–June 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The iconic lantern floating ceremony returns this year, however, it’s moving from Ala Moana Beach to the Shinnyo-en Hawaiʻi temple grounds. To ensure everyone’s safety during COVID-19, the lantern floating is only open to those who make reservations. As of right now, all reservations are full, but check back frequently to see if there have been any cancellations. If you can’t be there in person, check out a live broadcast on May 30 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on the official website and social media pages, as well as on KHON2. This broadcast will include a blessing from Buddhist master Shinso Ito, who will call in from Japan.

 

Free, 2348 S. Beretania St., (808) 947-2814, lanternfloatinghawaii.com, @shinnyolanternfloatinghawaii

 


SEE ALSO: Building Lanterns At Shinnyo-en Temple


Memorial Day Weekend Lei

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Dept. of Parks & Recreation

 

Sew a Lei for Memorial Day

Thursday, May 26, to Saturday, May 28

On Memorial Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a lei is placed on the grave of each buried veteran. Lei-sewing stations are set up around the island, including at Kailua District Park, Waiʻanae District Park and Honolulu Hale, and volunteers are needed. If you are unable to help at the stations, drop-off donations are accepted. These donations can range from flowers and leaves to ready-made lei. In all, 38,000 lei will be needed at Pūowaina ahead of the May 30 Memorial Day ceremony from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

 

Free, multiple locations, honolulu.gov, @honolulu_parks

 


 

Frolic Hawai‘i’s Fifth Annual Poke Fest

Saturday, May 28, 4 to 8 p.m.

It’s almost time for our first in-person Poke Fest in years! Swing by Ka Makana Ali‘i to try event-exclusive poke from 17 vendors. We’re talking crack seed ‘ahi, smoky poke, poisson cru, taegu nairagi poke, plus scallop, shrimp and calamari poke and other fun treats. Read more here.

 

Free admission, Ka Makana Ali‘i, Kapolei, parking lot between Cheesecake Factory and Taqueria el Ranchero