Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: April 5–7, 2019

All you need to kick-start the fun this month.

April 2019 First Friday at Hawai‘i State Art Museum

PHOTO: courtesy of ari south


First Friday at HiSAM

Friday, April 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

This First Friday, Hawai‘i State Art Museum kicks off April with a jam-packed lineup of all-local artists. Guests will have a chance to see the new Andy South menswear collection by designer (and past Project Runway finalist) Ari South at a runway show, watch artist Gaye Chan create a beautiful woven basket entirely out of plastic, create their own stained glass-inspired art project, view art pieces by a few of Honolulu Biennial 2019’s participating artists throughout the museum and much more, all to the live music of Kimmer Horsen, Julia Akatsu Soyanav and award-winning musician Izik.

Free, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. For more information, go here.


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History Theatre and Evening Tour

Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m.

Two visitors from the 1800s will stop by for an evening of historical stories. Actors will play the parts of William Cooper Parke, the marshal of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i during the smallpox epidemic of 1853, and Lucy Kaopaulu Peabody, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Emma who brought back the royal Ka‘ahumanu Society. The ticket includes a cocktail hour before the centuries-old stories begin.

$25, Hawai‘i Mission Houses, 553 S. King St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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Atmosphere at The Republik Honolulu
Photo: courtesy of atmosphere



Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6

Bob your head to some laid-back rap songs from the late ’90s at the Honolulu stop on Atmosphere’s “Mi Vida Local” tour. Listen to the feel-good message from the group’s hit song “Sunshine” and get a chance to hear new songs from its most recent album, Mi Vida Local.

$29.50, The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., #30. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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The Startup Experience

Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7

If you’ve dreamed of starting your own business in Hawai‘i, The Startup Experience wants to help make it happen. An incubator program focused on entrepreneurship, The Startup Experience offers aims to foster successful entrepreneurs in Hawai‘i, kicking off on Friday with a cocktail mixer followed by an intensive, two-day, team-based workshop focused on building the skills necessary to create a business from the ground up. If you show you’ve got what it takes, yours could be one of the teams selected for further mentorship and seed funding, getting you one step closer to your dream job.

$50, Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering, 1525 Rycroft St., Banquet Hall. For more information, go here. To register, go here.


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22nd Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival Spring Showcase

Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 14

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Special Olympics Hawai‘i 10th Annual Polar Plunge

Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Kawaii Kon

Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7

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Theatrical Release of “August At Akiko’s”

Friday, April 5 to Thursday, April 11

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Divas of Jazz and R&B: The Music of Anita Baker, Toni Braxton and Roberta Flack Featuring Ginai

Sunday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

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Easter Celebrations in Mililani

Saturday, April 6



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


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