Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: April 27–30, 2017

A lineup of the weekend’s best events.

This month’s Weekend Picks are brought to you by: Honolulu Cookie Co.

In a world where Spam mac nuts are a thing (visit your local Don Quijote for a can), it’s not surprising that there’s an entire festival dedicated to the iconic, cuboid meat product that has stolen Hawai‘i’s heart. This weekend, head to Kalākaua Avenue for the annual Waikīkī Spam Jam—plus, enjoy a benefit concert devoted to a plastic-free ocean, an Amazing Race-style run that anyone can enter, and the perfect excuse to be a sourpuss with Village Bottle Shop’s sour-beer tasting event.


Ocean Aid Hawaii
Photo: Courtesy of Ocean Aid HAwai‘i


FREE Ocean Aid Hawai‘i Benefit Concert at Waikīkī Shell 

Sunday, April 30, 3:30 to 10 p.m.

Hey there, ocean: We probably don’t say this enough, but thanks for being a solid friend. We appreciate all the sweet surfing waves, couldn’t imagine a world without poke—and that time we got pulled into your undercurrent and saw life flash before our eyes? Totally water under the bridge. For all the times the ocean has been there for us, it deserves a little love back. Enter Ocean Aid Hawai‘i, a benefit concert for Love The Sea with the goal of eliminating plastic waste from the ocean. Hosted by stand-up comedian Steve Byrne and Hawai‘i Five-0 star Shawn Garnett, the outdoor music and arts festival will feature live performances by CeeLo Green, Taimane, Henry Kapono, Bootsy Collins and Ekolu Kalama to name a few; several speakers advocating for ocean conservation; interactive art installations and sculptures; wrestling demo by WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi; an attempt at a Guinness World Record; and much more.

If that’s not enough of a sell, here’s something that will float your boat: Thanks to the generous support of its sponsors, tickets to the Ocean Aid music festival are now completely, totally FREE. Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so visit for details on how and where to snag yours.

Free, Waikīkī Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. For more information on the event and details for free tickets, go here.


15th Annual Waikīkī Spam Jam

Saturday, April 29, 4 to 10 p.m.

Spam tacos. Spam tempura fries. Spam lettuce wraps. And, of course, Spam musubi. Try all these iterations of Hawai‘i’s favorite mystery meat (and lots of others, too) this Saturday night at the annual Waikīkī Spam Jam. This year marks the meat product’s 80th birthday, and we can think of no better celebrations than an evening chowing down on Spam-studded grinds, purchasing exclusive Spam merchandise and chasing down mascots Spammy and Gohan for an Instagram-worthy photo op. Taking place on closed-off Kalākaua Avenue, the Spam Jam is one of the most popular food festivals in Hawai‘i, with an estimated 25,000 attending last year’s event. If you’ve never understood Hawai‘i’s fascination with Spam, here’s a good reason to give Spam Jam a chance: Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, including the Hawai‘i Foodbank, Waikīkī Community Center and Visitor Aloha Society—in the past 14 years, Spam Jam has raised more than $100,000 for charity and collected more than 30,000 pounds of canned goods.

P.S. For the first time ever, HONOLULU Magazine is co-sponsoring Spam Jam. Swing by our booth, say hi and win some free stuff!

Free, Kalākaua Avenue in Waikīkī. For more information on Spam Jam, go here.


Hospice Hawaii Hot Pursuit

Photo: Courtesy of Hospice HAwai‘i


Hospice Hawai‘i’s Eighth Annual Hot Pursuit

Saturday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Let’s describe the perfect partner: smart, of course, but knows how to have fun. Cares about health and fitness, but isn’t afraid to act a little goofy. Throw in a philanthropic streak and we like it—put a ring on it. Not saying you’re going to find The One this weekend, but Hot Pursuit, Hospice Hawai‘i’s annual Amazing Race-style fundraiser, might just be the perfect location for your meet-cute. A challenge for the body and mind, the event starts at Restaurant Row; from there, teams (comprising two to six people) must dash all around Kaka‘ako, stopping at stations to complete a range of challenges, such as solving a riddle or doing a dance, before heading back. Finished groups can celebrate with a party full of live entertainment, food and information booths, plus a kids’ zone with games, face painting and more! Grab your friends and family (there’s no age limit, making this a perfect family bonding experience), register your team (registration is open right up until the event begins) and get ready for some heart-rate-elevating fun—even if Mr. Right ends up being a no-show.

Minimum $250 pledge per team, Kaka‘ako Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, go here.


Firestone Walker Barrelworks & Libertine Sour Symposium

Thursday, April 27, 5 to 11 p.m.

Here’s an event that will turn that sour face, well, even more sour (but for all the right reasons, we assure you). All you sour-beer enthusiasts need to head down to Village Bottle Shop this Thursday for a mouth-puckering tasting event, with featured brews from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks and Libertine Brewing Co. Along with the chance to taste an incredible draft list, guests can also chat it up with Barrelworks master blender Jim Crooks and Libertine founder Tyler Clark, two very knowledgeable dudes ready to impart their beer knowledge on attendees. Admission is free and will likely draw a crowd, so we suggest getting there at 5 on the dot—we think work would understand.

Free admission, Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room, 675 Auahi St., Suite 121. For more information on Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room, visit its Facebook page.


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