Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: August 12–18, 2020

Go for a walk, binge watch international films, flirt with Falstaff or get nostalgic with our dining editor’s recipe for turning local chocolate into a small-kid-time dessert treat.

Screenshot of movie Kim Ji-Young

south korean film Kim Ji-Young, born in 1982 is highlighted in summer fest.
photo: courtesy of hawaiʻi international film festival


Hawaiʻi International Film Festival Summer Fest

Through Aug. 14

There are just a few days left in HIFF’s streaming summer fest. But as a plus of this year’s virtual festival, all movies are available to watch through Friday, Aug. 14. So, you can buy a single ticket for $10 or carve out some serious couch time to binge watch all 11 flicks in this year’s program.

$10 for an individual film. $40 for all access, which includes a one-year HIFF membership,


SEE ALSO: Quote Unquote: Why You Should Check Out HIFF (Even if You Already Have Netflix)


Oʻahu Heart Walk

Through Aug. 14

Some of us need a push to get off those at-home office chairs and on our feet. The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is the latest to go virtual. The Oʻahu fundraiser is just about halfway to its goal of $830,000. Register, donate and run, walk or meander (no shame, no other runners are watching this year) 4 ½ miles, the length of the route around Kapiʻolani Park, or take 9,000 steps before Friday, Aug. 14. Snap a selfie of you crossing the invisible finish line on your treadmill, around your neighborhood or even at the top of your staircase to receive a finish line badge you can proudly post on your Facebook page.

There is no minimum donation to participate. Register by Aug. 14 at 



Merry Wives of Windsor

Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.

We’re not sure what virtual background Shakespeare would have used, but we are intrigued to see one of the bard’s comedies performed on Zoom. This year, the Hawaiʻi Shakespeare Festival set up its stage on the popular videoconferencing platform. Friday, local actors, each acting in his or her own home, will bring us the show about mistresses Ford, Page and the amorous Falstaff. But if you really miss the energy and laughter of others, even from 6 feet away, you can buy a $10 ticket to watch it play out on a big screen at The Arts at Marks Garage.

Buy tickets on Viewing party, 7–10 p.m. The Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuʻuanu Ave.,


Moonlight Mele: Natalie Ai Kamauʻu

Thursday, Aug. 13, 3–4:30 p.m.

The virtual tip jar will be open Thursday when the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning entertainer livestreams her concert as a benefit for the Hawai‘i Theatre Center. Kamauʻu will perform for an hour and half on the stage of the historic theater. The series continues next Thursday with Nā Hoa, followed by Pure Heart on Aug. 27.


Our Weekend Adventures

Hana Koa Brewing Co. Chicken Sandwich

photo: Marisa heung


Chicken Out

For our first date night out in six months, my boyfriend and I decided to grab dinner and drinks at Hana Koa Brewing Co. That’s where I met my new love: the best chicken sandwich ever. Imagine fried chicken, sweet-and-sour coleslaw and pickles tucked into the world’s softest brioche bun. Try it, you’ll like it. And always get fries on the side. —Marisa Heung, special projects editor


Become a Flaneur, Walk the City

It’s an old tradition celebrated by writers from Gustave Flaubert to Jan Morris. Honolulu long ago lost the art of being a walkable city (except for Chinatown, which can be more of a dodge-the-barf-puddle kind of walk). But now a lot of neighborhoods are being walked. I walk them. Lately people are making eye contact and wanting to talk a little. It’s human. It’s healthy. It’s good for us as a community. It’s good talk-through-the-mask practice, too. —Don Wallace, contributing editor 


Get Into Your Shell

Remember Magic Shell from small kid times? It’s super easy to make. You just need coconut oil—I use refined so you don’t get the coconut taste—and good dark chocolate. For that last bit, I like Mānoa Chocolate’s 1-pound block/baking chips for cooking and baking. Take 150 grams of the chocolate, 90 grams of the coconut oil and melt on the stovetop over low heat while stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. Or you can heat it in a microwave, stopping to stir every 30 seconds until melted. Pour over ice cream, wait for it to harden, and ta-da! –Martha Cheng, food and dining editor

  Girls on a slip and slide

photo: kerri mokulehua


Let It Slip

Stay safe at home with a slip and slide and water. Throw some bubbles in the mix for extra fun! —Kerri Mokulehua, advertising executive