Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: August 4–10, 2021
This weekend, celebrate the first 808 Day, take a trip downtown to check out some island-inspired galleries and enjoy the music of Led Zeppelin in an unexpected way.
808 Day at Beyond Van Gogh
Sunday, August 8, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Hawai‘i with the first-ever 808 Day at Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. In addition to enjoying more than 300 of Van Gogh’s masterpieces coming alive on the walls, take part in hourly giveaways, a keiki coloring contest and a lineup of events. Watch a performance from Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre from 10 a.m. to noon, get a balloon animal from Balloon Monsoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and enjoy live music with Taimane Gardner from 6 to 7 p.m. There will also be live art from noon to 2 p.m. and a dance performance by Torch Entertainment from 4 to 5 p.m. Every attendee will receive a complimentary HONOLULU Magazine summer issue in which you can find a list of best places to eat, shop and play on O‘ahu. Before you leave, make sure to stop by the gift shop for exclusive Beyond Van Gogh Hawai‘i merch such as a limited-edition T-shirt from local brand VH07V Revolution, Van Gogh-inspired candles from Jules + Gem and more. This and every weekend you can join Yoga Room Hawai‘i from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for a quick sweat while you enjoy the surrounding art. Tickets run out fast so purchase yours at vangoghhonolulu.com. Ticket prices for Beyond Van Gogh vary by time so click here and enjoy the 808 Day activities at no extra cost.
First Friday in Downtown
Friday, August 6
Head to Chinatown for the First Friday Art Walk to see some island-inspired galleries and find some good eats at Tlaxcalli or Olay’s Thai-Lao Cuisine. Join Downtown Art Center’s opening reception for Ho‘opuka to Emerge: The Love of Hula from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy never-before-seen works by Hawai‘i artists John and Kate Kelly as well as works in various mediums from well-known Hawai‘i artists Nancy Vilhauer, Lauren Okano and Jackie Mild-Lau, plus Native Hawaiian artists Jordan Kamuela Gestrich, Nālamakūikapō Ahsing and kumu hula Auliʻi Mitchell. Inspired by hula, these works will be on display until August 28. Then head over to Above the Equator’s two-day-only exhibit, Island Hopper, at Arts & Letters Nu‘uanu from 5 to 9 p.m. to see a variety of mediums including ceramics, floral art and jewelry that celebrate the interconnectivity of the Hawaiian islands. Kenyatta Kelechi’s film On Origin and Creation will also be shown at 7:30 p.m.
Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Starlight Series: Led Zeppelin
Friday, August 6, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Orchestra and rock seem like an unusual collaboration, but Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is taking on the challenge with the music of Led Zeppelin. Hear some of the classics like “The Rain Song,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Whole Lotta Love” this Friday at the Waikīkī Shell. Tickets range from $25 to $60 and are sold in pods of four. The central lawn is sold out, but there are still tickets available on the side lawns so get yours at blaisdellcenter.com.
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Summer Daze at Prince Waikīkī
If you feel like playing tourist or need some well-deserved relaxation, head down to the Prince Waikīkī for poolside movie screenings, stargazing events, outdoor fitness classes and specialty Aloha Pops. You don’t have to book a room to enjoy—simply purchase some food or drinks from 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar or Hinana Bar. Show your receipt from either place to get validated parking. On August 11 watch Mrs. Doubtfire poolside at 7:30 p.m., while enjoying a pop from Aloha Pops. Take your pick of flavors including black milk tea with boba, jasmine milk tea with boba, lychee, passion-orange-guava, and—if you’re 21 or older—lime vodka or watermelon vodka.
Book Talk with Sara Ackerman
Thursday, August 5, 5 to 6 p.m.
Join Da Shop’s virtual talk-story with Sara Ackerman, USA Today bestselling author of Radar Girls, moderated by HONOLULU Magazine’s own Don Wallace. Radar Girls is the inspiring story of the Women’s Air Raid Defense during World War II and takes place in war-torn Hawai‘i after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Take this opportunity to ask Ackerman what inspired her to write the book, her writing process and more. Visit Da Shop: Books + Curiosities Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up a copy of the book for $16.99 or visit dashophnl.com to have it delivered to your home.
Teach our Future
Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m.
Teaching is never an easy job, but throw in a pandemic and virtual teaching and you have a whole nother challenge that deserves recognition. To show your gratitude for Hawai‘i’s public-school educators, enjoy the Hawai‘i Foundation for Educators’ virtual concert featuring local favorite musicians Jake Shimabukuro, Pure Heart, Robi Kahakalau, the Camarillo ‘Ohana and the Makaha Sons. Tickets are $15 and can be bought here.
Virtual Sports Fest
August 7 to 14
In the spirit of the Tokyo Olympics, join ESPN Honolulu’s Free Virtual Sports Fest to improve your game and gain new skills. Pick up some new ball-handling techniques from ‘Iolani graduate and professional basketball player Derrick Low or learn proper golf etiquette with new University of Hawai‘i golf head coach Scott Simpson. In addition to having your pick of sports to learn about, take part in giveaways, trivia, panel discussions and conversations with some of your favorite local sports personalities.
Andy Warhol’s Birthday
Friday, August 6, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Crack open a Coca-Cola and heat up a bowl of Campbell’s soup to celebrate this artist’s birthday, or head down to Waikīkī to honor his legacy at Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery. Join in on a special seminar on Warhol, Peter Max and Mark Kostabi at 3 and 5 p.m. and enjoy 20% off Kostabi art all day. You can also enter to win a free framed Kostabi original. While you are at the gallery be sure to check out the exhibition From Renoir to Kostabi, which has toured museums across the U.S. and will be in Honolulu until Oct. 1. From Renoir to Kostabi features selected works by six esteemed artists from the late 19th to 21st centuries, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. If you can’t make it this Friday, Park West also offers a variety of seminars Sundays through Thursdays at 1 p.m. including “The Visual Poetry of Marc Chagall,” “The Transformative Art of Picasso” and “The Surreal World of Dalí.”