Your Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Weekend in Honolulu: November 27–December 3, 2019

Ways to burn off that turkey feast: laugh it off, dance it off or shop Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals.

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Joy Koy’s Just Kidding Tour

Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, 8 to 10:30 p.m.

If you’re reading this and haven’t watched Jo Koy’s Netflix special Comin’ in Hot, then you must not live in Hawai‘i. The Filipino American comedian kicked off his show discussing local topics, from slippers to the extensive use of vowels in our street names to singing a made-up Hawaiian song. We’re excited that just months after releasing the special, our adopted son is coming back. Need a catch up? Check out the 62 thoughts we had while watching Comin’ in Hot. Only single seats are available for both shows. But we hear laughter’s a great icebreaker.

$44–$74, Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave. For more information, click here.


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Da Bomb Birthday Celebration featuring Diplo

Wednesday, November 27 and Friday, November 29, doors open at 8 p.m.

Local radio station 102.7 Da Bomb celebrates its birthday with renowned DJ and producer Diplo tonight and Friday at The Republik. It’s an 18-and-older show that doesn’t get going until 10 p.m. (we predict Diplo won’t even go on stage until midnight), so unless you’re off cooking duty this Thanksgiving, we recommend the Friday show to dance off that second slice of pumpkin pie.

$65, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., #30. For more information, go here.


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Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday shopping

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Keep It Kaimukī Saturday

Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You’ve likely seen the Keep It Kaimukī T-shirts, totes and pins adorning the coolest kids in town. Show that you’re one of them by participating in the community movement’s first large-scale event in support of small local businesses. Expect performances in the park, a food truck rally, free yoga and shopping deals throughout the day at more than 40 participating businesses. Find the entertainment schedule and map at and follow @keepitkaimuki on Instagram for the latest info on specials. Free valet parking will be available at Queen Lili‘uokalani Elementary School.

Free admission. Entertainment and food trucks at Kaimukī Community Park, 3521 Wai‘alae Ave. For more information, go here.


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Hawaiian Mission Houses Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday November 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The oldest craft fair in Honolulu celebrates its 48th annual event this Saturday with made-in-Hawai‘i wares from more than 60 vendors and music from The Waikīkī Sunset Jammahs. Across the street, Kawaiaha‘o Church hosts its annual Holiday Mākeke, Food and Craft Fair, which features both local and international goods as well as a White Elephant sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hit both for double the gifts this season.

Free admission, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, 553 S. King St. For more information, go here.


Jay Park SEXY4EVA Tour

Wednesday, November 27 | 8–11 p.m.

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Turkey on the Run! Thanksgiving To Go from M.A.C. 24/7

Thursday, November 28  |  10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

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Deck.’D Out for the Holidays: Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel

Thursday, November 28  |  11 a.m. & 4 p.m. (two seatings)

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


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