Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: April 28–May 5, 2021

Shop for Wonder Woman (we mean your mom), listen to sweet May Day melodies and make some noise for some outstanding Olympians.


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Photo: Courtesy of Prickly Pear Designs



Mom Made Market Hawai‘i

May 1 and 2, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Who knows moms better than other moms? No one. So, do yourself (and your dad) a favor and get the queen mother an awesome gift from the Mom Made Market Hawai‘i this weekend. Forty-plus retailers, designers and shops, helmed by amazing moms, will be selling and showcasing their highly covetable stylish goods and yummy goodies. Vendors, including Prickly Pear Designs, Workshop 28, Mahina Made, Sticky Fingers Snacks, Kira Hawai‘i and Kisiwa Jewelry, will be located throughout Ward Centre and South Shore Market. Bonus—and this is a good one— customers who spend $100 at any Ward merchant will receive an exclusive, very cute Punky Aloha tote. Add that to your mother load.


1200 Ala Moana Blvd.,, @themommademarkethawaii



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Photo: Courtesy of Kalani Pe‘a



Lei Day in Hawai‘i Concert

Saturday, May 1, 3 p.m.

May Day in Hawai‘i is such a special day, so it’s no surprise Hawai‘i Theatre is honoring it with an exceptional virtual concert starring two-time Grammy Award winner Kalani Pe‘a. Guests will be treated to new compositions (which he’s never performed live before) from his latest album Kau Ka Pe‘a. Swaying alongside the highly celebrated musician will be the talented women of Hula Hālau O Kamuela, who took home overall honors at the 2019 Merrie Monarch Festival. General viewing is $20, and VIP tickets are $150 and  include a virtual pre-concert reception, May Day lei, special mahalo gift and free download of Pe‘a’s exclusive track, “I Love You.”


1130 Bethel St., (808) 791-1314,


SEE ALSO: Maui Singer-Songwriter Kalani Pe‘a Wins His Second Grammy


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Photo: Courtesy of Special Olympics Hawai‘i



Special Olympics Hawai‘i

Friday, April 30, 7 p.m.

Get ready to shake your pompoms for the amazing athletes participating in Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s second Virtual Cheer for Champions. The online event will showcase video stories about the athletes and feature a live performance from Henry Kapono. Fans of this feel-good event can start supporting the foundation by bidding on silent auction prizes, which is ongoing through Friday, and includes dreamy hotels stays, Hawai‘i-inspired jewelry and home décor, restaurant gift certificates to top eateries, and more. Those who are looking to make this event a fun-filled night of delicious food and cocktails can be a table sponsor, indulge in a $200 dinner for two from Duke’s Waikīkī or enjoy an exclusive online paint-and-sip party from Paint Your Soul. Proceeds from the event support online programs for more than 3,400 keiki and adults with intellectual disabilities; funds also go toward safety equipment and gear for athletes when they return to the playing field.


Free. Go to for silent auction prizes, and for more information visit or contact



Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s Virtual Women’s 10K and 5K Fun Run

May 2–9

Grab your girls and slip on your sneaks! The all-ages, only-women event (where my ladies at?!) will be held virtually this year, which means you have one week to run (or walk) 6.2 miles or 3.1 miles. Your create-it-yourself course can be completed in intervals or at one time. All you have to do is track your progress through HPH’s approved list of digital activity devices. Online registration is open at, and all finishers will receive a race tee, commemorative medal, drawstring tote and event sticker that can be mailed to you or picked up at Boca Hawai‘i on Friday, April 30, from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 1, from noon to 5 p.m.


For more information, visit


SEE ALSO: Learn How to Make Your Own Lei Po‘o for Lei Day


Other Ideas

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The Corner Rolls sampler. Photo: Thomas Obungen



Eat Something New

Thanks to Frolic writer Thomas Obungen, I want to ditch my healthy-for-my-heart salad and dig my teeth into some crispy, cheeseburger-y spring rolls. Yup, another fry-something-new food trend popped up at Saturday’s Kaka‘ako Farmer’s Market. The Corner Rolls stuffs unconventional ingredients into conventional lumpia wrappers. Think ham, mozz and pineapple, bacon and eggs, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes and red onions, or beef and American cheese. Eh, I can eat my greens tomorrow.


Kaka‘ako Farmers Market, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon


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Iniki Hurricane popcorn. Photo: Courtesy of Christine Labrador



Watch and Nosh

I’m so excited the gramma from Minari won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. I’ve only seen the trailer but now it’s on my to-do list this weekend. Plus, one of HONOLULU’s art directors, Christine Labrador, said I have to try the popcorn from Iniki Popcorn. Apparently it’s the best and is basically kaki mochi puffed up on steroids. Saturday night plans, check.


Minari streaming On Demand through YouTube, Vudu, FandangoNOW, AppleTV and Prime Video. Iniki Popcorn, Pearlridge Center, (808) 428-6235,


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Photo: Courtesy of Paiko Hawai‘i



Preorder Flowers

May 2 is the last day to put in your order for Mother’s Day flowers at Paiko Hawai‘i. The Kaka‘ako shop bundles together wildly creative, wildly fun floral arrangements filled with fresh tropical blooms. If you miss the deadline (shame on you!), check out its sister location, Pua Hana Hawai‘i, for one of its brighten-mom’s-day buddy arrangements.


Paiko Hawai‘i, Salt At Our Kaka‘ako, (808) 988-2165,; Pua Hana Hawai‘i, 3434 Wai‘alae Ave., Unit 2, (808) 739-5617,


SEE ALSO: Local Lei Shops Are Blooming All Over Town and We Found 3 That Are Flourishing Right Now


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Photo: Courtesy of Paddle Core Fitness



Get Out

May 1 is National Fitness Day! So, get your ‘ōkole off your couch and check out our Open for Fitness blog. We even wrote a whole series on pandemic-inspired virtual workouts, so, if you’re super unmotivated and need a boost, stay in your sweats and hit play!


Check out Open for Fitness here


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