Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: May 4–11, 2022

Get out your Champagne, confetti and chee-hoos ready, we’re celebrating moms and Hawai‘i’s 2022 Triennial.



House of Mana Up Mother’s Day Special

 Now through May 8

Mama up at House of Mana Up this week. The shop known for its thoughtfully curated selection of locally designed and created goods is making it easy for shoppers looking for a special Mother’s Day gift. Build your own customized gift box and fill it with spaaaa-mazing essentials from Ua Body, Jules + Gem and Ao Organics Hawai‘i. For the moms who love tasty treats, locally crafted pantry goods, including chocolates, honey, teas and butters, are available and can be packaged together as one sweet gift. On Friday, one of our fave artists, JT Ojeri, of Aloha de Mele, will be in store from 2 to 6 p.m. talking story with customers and gifting a free Aloha de Mele card with a $50 in-store purchase.


Royal Hawaiian Center A108, (808) 425-4028,, @houseofmanaup


Dine-In for Mother’s Day

May 8

If you’re looking to treat mom to a great meal, see Frolic’s Hawai‘i’s story on dine-in and takeout menus for Mother’s Day. No surprise, restaurants are glamming up their menus up with special breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner items. Bar Podmore is offering a mouthwatering, prix fixe, three-course brunch, with an option to level up by adding on florals and sweets from Blume Ruhm. Kapa Hale is keeping it playful (and delicious) with a “mom-u-mental” roasted pork belly porchetta and “olive you, mom” olive oil cake. Indulgent, to-go options are also available, including a Mother’s Day feast—petite lobster rolls, local snapper with ginger scallion sauce and New York-style cheesecake with fresh berries—from Feast by Jon Matsubara. This incredible and helpful list also features sweet treats from local pastry and candy shops that still can be ordered. Some reservation and pre-orders have already closed, so keep checking the story for the latest updates.

Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 Closing Celebration 

Friday, May 6

The 2022 Hawai‘i Triennial is coming to a close this weekend with an art-packed celebration at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. As expected, the free event will welcome star artists and performers, including an exciting show by The Queeries, a University of Hawai‘i queer dance collective. Yassss! Guests will also be treated to a mask-making workshop lead by Izumi Kato, a band member of The Tetorapotz, and have a chance to don their masterpiece while rocking out to the band’s lively performance. For more information read Lisa Shiroma’s story detailing the night’s festivities and the artists who are involved.


Na Leo Pilimehana Mother’s Day Concert

Sunday, May 8

Na Leo Pilimehana means “the voices blending in warmth” and, fittingly, this Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the award-winning trio will fill Hawai‘i Theatre with their beautiful vocals and soul-lifting lyrics in honor of moms. The high school friends, who have been performing together for more than 35 years, have impressively won 23 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and recorded more than 23 CDs. Some of their greatest hits (that live in our hearts) are “Local Boys,” “Flying with Angels” and “Rest of Your Life.” Ticket prices start at $35, but if you really want to go all out for the matriarch of the fam, there’s a $75 option that includes VIP seating, a commemorative, signed CD and photo opportunity with the ladies of Na Leo.


1130 Bethel St., (808) 528-0506,



Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 Throughout May

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, local and national media will be showcasing voices from Asian American and Pacific Islander communities who have contributed to society and the arts. On May 10, PBS Hawai‘i will showcase American Masters: Waterman—Duke: Ambassador of Aloha, a film portraying the life and outstanding accomplishments of the surfing, life-saving and Olympic-winning legend, narrated by Jason Momoa. Also, on PBS this week are: Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond, a digital series highlighting diversity in the AAPI community; and Curtain Up! a behind-the-scenes, honest look at fifth graders from New York City’s Chinatown PS 124 theatre club rehearsing an adaptation of Frozen. McDonalds also launched their AAP campaign comprising of video talks with inspirational leaders and creatives that continue to create opportunities for themselves, and other Asians, in this country.


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