Your Guide to the Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend: May 5–11, 2021

Mothers, markets, mini golf and more! This weekend is all about brain power, music, celebrations and eating shrimp. No really, shrimp.



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Mother’s Day Market

Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Mom deserves something special. Mom deserves something thoughtful. Mom deserves something cute AF. Where are all of these things rounded up in one open-air, family- and pet-friendly space? Why, Aloha Home Market’s Mālama Yo Momma Market in Kailua, of course. Shop for furniture, local art, home goods, self-care goodies (like the new hibiscus and wild orange body scrub from Guava Mama), jewelry, handcrafted gifts (looking at you, macramé rainbows from Embodied Knots) and more while snacking on cupcakes from Mer’s Mixed Sweets, açaí bowls from Anela Açaí, banana bread from Makua Banana Bread Co. and mochi from Mochi Momma.


Free to attend, 340 Uluniu St., Kailua,


Hawaiian Hula

Photo: Courtesy of Valdecasas / Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian



The Story of the Lū‘au

Available on demand May 1–30

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating the lū‘au all month long with a digital series that looks at the food, culture, music, hula and history surrounding the traditional gathering. Each episode of the three-part docuseries, The Story of the Lū‘au, features kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine and chef and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kealoha Domingo. Watch it on YouTube here.



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Geeks Who Drink Trivia

Tuesday, May 11, 7–9 p.m.

Pick a table, order a delicious draught beer that pairs well with a beer mac and cheese and a side of a Bavarian soft pretzel, set up your contactless digital scoring (a new feature since the relaunch during the pandemic) and put on your nerd hat for the next general trivia night in Kaka‘ako. The two-hour night at the local brewery, hosted by Geeks Who Drink, is a nice excuse to get out for a tipple on a Tuesday. Gather the squad (limited to the current COVID rules) but don’t worry about making reservations.


Free to attend, Honolulu Beerworks, 328 Cooke St., @honolulubeer


SEE ALSO: Honolulu’s Newest Brewery Opens May 1 in the Old Precision Radio Building


Moonlight Mele Drive-in Concert

Friday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

Ha.Ka. Entertainment and Hawai‘i Stage and Lighting’s drive-in series continues at Aloha Stadium this weekend with a live concert featuring local musicians Josh Tatofi, Amy Hānaiali‘i, Jeff Petersen, Sean Na‘auao, Ei Nei, Del Beazley and more. The outdoor experience is an effort to raise money for the Hawai‘i Theatre Center. Gates open at 5 p.m. and you must have an FM radio in your car to tune in.


$75–$100 per car, Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.,


SEE ALSO: Three Uplifting New Hawaiʻi Albums We’re Downloading Now


Other Ideas

1200 Eating House 1849 Chicken And Waffles Courtesy Of Eating House

Angry General Chicken and Waffles. Photo: Courtesy of Eating House 1849 by Chef Roy Yamaguchi



EAT, DRINK & SHOP This Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 9

Be it a mimosa-infused brunch, takeout in bed from a local breakfast spot, plant shopping, a concert or a day out at the beach, make sure mama feels extra special love this Sunday. And if you left it to the last minute, try one of these 70 dine-in and takeout menu options.


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



TREAT Mom to a Mother’s Day Show with Anuhea

Saturday, May 8, at 9 p.m. & Sunday, May 9, at 6 p.m.

The Maui singer-songwriter is back at the Blue Note for a handful of shows over the weekend. But two have already sold out so book your tickets to this Mother’s Day special quickly.


$35–$45, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii


Kualoa Ranch Shrimp

Kualoa Ranch Shrimp. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino / HAWAI‘I Magazine



EAT Shrimp

Monday, May 10

This might be a random one but stick with me: This coming Monday is National Shrimp Day and I truly believe our tasty local shrimp offerings are to be celebrated. Be it a shrimp taco from North Shore Tacos in Pūpūkea, deep-fried shrimp and chips at Merriman’s Honolulu at Ward (available on its new happy hour menu), a garlicky and buttery plate lunch at the North Shore shrimp truck trifecta, a fresh catch from Kualoa Ranch or a garlic butter shrimp burger from Mahaloha: I’m all in. How do you like your shrimp?


SEE ALSO: The Zebra Mantis Shrimp: 9 Surprising Things About the Biggest, Baddest Shrimp in Hawai‘i


PLAY Mini Golf

Saturday, May 8

If you’re like me and dread the idea of holding up the parties behind you at a real golf course, go on and have a ball this weekend in honor of National Miniature Golf Day. Book a day out at Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline in Kāne‘ohe, Tropics Mini Golf in ‘Aiea—which has the bonus of a Texas-style barbecue menu—or the super trippy Glow Putt Mini Golf at Windward Mall. Less pressure, silly surroundings and a better chance at a hole-in-one (maybe not).


Tip: If you wait until May 13, Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline will be offering a Half-o-ween Haunted Mini Putt. Get the event details here.


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