Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Dec. 21–24, 2017

Support #CWStrong, volunteer your time, check out the city’s latest Cajun eats and more.

The countdown to Christmas is on. Spend your last weekend before the 25th giving back by volunteering at a local nonprofit. Plus: Support Super CW, one of the biggest influencers in Honolulu’s night scene, through her ongoing battle with cancer; shed your holiday stress through crafting; or, if all you want to do is stress eat, check out the new Cajun joint in town.


Thursday Terrarium Tea Party
photo: courtesy of Art Bridge


Terrarium Tea Party

Thursday, Dec. 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Stressing out about holiday shopping? Craft therapy awaits at Tea Boss Kissa this Thursday, where crafting pop-up Art Bridge hosts its most popular D.I.Y. series from 6 to 7 p.m. Artist and Art Bridge founder Chanel Tanaka will show you how easy it is to make your own living mini-oasis and will have all the components you need on hand, including planters, locally grown succulents and adorable charms to decorate your terrarium with. Bonus: Gift your finished product to someone on your Christmas list. It’s a win-win.

$40, Tea Boss Kissa, 88 Pi‘ikoi St. For more information and to register, go here.

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Christa-mas! A Super CW Birthday Fundraiser

Thursday, Dec. 21, 5 to 9 p.m.

Christa Wittmier, local writer/nightlife promoter/marketing guru better known by her DJ name, Super CW, is throwing a birthday bash fundraiser you won’t want to miss. Guests of all ages are invited for an evening full of live entertainment, special guests and complimentary beauty bar, where a pro stylist and makeup artist will get you feeling your very best. Plus, enjoy cocktails served by Young’s Market master mixologist Joey Gottesman, snap a photo with “Bad Santa” and try your luck with tons of raffle giveaways—a staycation at The Surfjack, tickets to The Chainsmokers’ New Year’s Eve concert, gift certificates to Bar Leather Apron and lots more. Wittmier’s birthday this year also marks another year of victory in her fight against metastatic breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2015 and continues to receive treatment for. Admission to the party is a suggested minimum donation of $5 and includes one raffle ticket. Proceeds will go toward funding Wittmier’s ongoing treatments. Afterward, head to the International Market Place for the official after-party at Baku Waikīkī—no cover charge or donation required, but only 21-and-older guests are allowed there.

Minimum $5 suggested donation. Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Holiday Inn Resort Waikīkī Beachcomber Hotel, 2300 Kalākaua Ave., Second Floor. For more information on the event and its after-party, go here. To make a donation to Christa Wittmier’s cancer treatment fund, go here.


Hawaii Meals on Wheels
photo: courtesy of Hawai‘i Meals on WHeels


Give Back

We know, we know. Between buying presents for friends, baking cookies for the office and prepping for Christmas dinner with the family, many of us feel like we’ve already clocked in enough time doing things for others. But if you have some time to spare this holiday season, volunteering to help the less fortunate is a rewarding experience that will leave you feeling extra grateful for your blessings. Not sure where to start? Check out our roundup of nonprofits in need of volunteers. Whether it’s delivering meals to local elderly to wrapping gifts at Barnes and Noble Ala Moana, your altruism will bring Christmas cheer to someone else’s life.


SEE ALSO: 17 Holiday Events on O‘ahu to Get You in the Christmas Spirit


The Boiling Crab

Now open

When the Cali-based restaurant chain first announced plans to open a Honolulu location in August, lovers of Cajun flavors rejoiced. But when months passed without so much as a cayenne-spiced shrimp in sight, we’d begun to wonder if this was really happening, or if this was just going to be a repeat of that Olive Garden letdown back in 2014. Finally, The Boiling Crab had its grand opening on Monday, Dec. 11, at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, making this the company’s first-ever Hawai‘i location and 18th overall. If you love your seafood smothered in spices, are down to eat caveman-style and don’t mind getting your hands, face—basically everything—covered in sauce, The Boiling Crab is worth a visit. Why not live dangerously and make it a first-date dinner?

The Boiling Crab, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 330 Coral St. For more information, go here.


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