Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: February 16–22, 2022

The Hawai‘i Triennial opens with art all over, Judy Collins sings, a musical Tarzan swings, and dance and electronic pop concerts give us more reasons to go out.


Triennial 2022 Dan Taulapapa Mcmullin

Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Aue Away in Central Park NYC 2017. Photo: Courtesy Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 @ Dan Taulapapa McMullin


Hawai‘i Triennial 2022

Feb. 18 through May 8

The Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 starts this Friday, delivering unexpected art in a theater, palace, garden and shopping center, as well as at more traditional venues. Above, artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin directs a musical and dance performance based on Samoan fāgogo (traditional stories) while dancers wear his fantastical bodysuits, created from artificial flowers and leaves. His Honolulu performance will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 20, at the Honolulu Museum of Art on its free admission Sunday. Launched in 2017, the interactive Triennial exhibition presents works of 43 artists and collectives in a thought-provoking array of art across seven sites. Those include an artist’s images tumbling across ‘Iolani Palace telling a political story rooted in Queen Lili‘uokalani’s garden, a vegan chef and artist’s creations at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, upcycled surfboards at Foster Botanical Garden, a free store of donated items and much, much more. Choose individual venues or buy an all-access pass.


Find the full schedule at, @hawaiicontemporary


SEE ALSO: Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 Kicks Off with Works from 43 Artists and Collectives Artists and Collectives


Judy Collins Courtesy Blue Note Hawaii

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i


Judy Collins

Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, shows at 8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter-social activist Judy Collins still inspires with her iconic vocals, insightful songs and luminescent presence. While “Send in the Clowns” and “Both Sides Now” remain her best-known songs, the prolific performer this month will release Spellbound, her first album of all-original songs. She draws from a catalog of 41 studio albums in two shows this week at the Blue Note.


$45–$75, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,


Windward Artists Guild photo Robbie Dingeman

Photo: Robbie Dingeman



Through March 4, weekdays and Sundays, 1–5 p.m.

Windward Artists Guild features its first major in-person exhibition in two years at Gallery ‘Iolani at Windward Community College. Find 104 pieces in a range of styles and media from 38 artists that include a couple of compelling cats, plants, landscapes, portraits and more.


Free, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 236-9155,, @windwardartistsguild


Tarzan Musical Credit Hawaii Theatre Center

Tarzan — The Stage Musical performed by the Pacific Academy of Performing Arts. Photos: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Theatre Center.


Tarzan: The Stage Musical

Friday, Feb. 18–Sunday, Feb. 20, shows at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m.

The Hawai‘i premiere of Tarzan: The Stage Musical swings into the historic Hawai‘i Theatre, in partnership with the Pacific Academy of Performing Arts, for just one weekend. Based on Disney’s 1999 animated musical adventure, the show features music by rock legend Phil Collins, book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, along with the Academy Award-winning song “You’ll Be in My Heart.” And the family-friendly celebration of live theater comes at an affordable price.


$5 students, $10 adults, 1130 Bethel St., (808) 528-0506,, @hawaiitheatre


SEE ALSO: Afterthoughts: Dancing Room Only


Concerts at The Republik

Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19

Maybe you’re ready for an 18-and-older kind of night at The Republik? The folks at BAMP Project are: They’re bringing Electric Feels with an indie rock dance party on Friday night at 9:30 with a promise of good music, good vibes, DJs, and stage production (remember that kind of night?!). On Saturday night at 9, the mood shifts to singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist JVNA and electronic pop with a melodic bass edge. She won fans over with “I’m With You” in 2018 and “Catch Me” the following year; at The Republik she brings new tunes from 2021, too.


Electric Feels: $15–$20; JVNA: $25–$65, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,, @bampproject


Other Ideas

Probe a Mystery

One of Honolulu’s most famous unsolved mysteries is the topic of a new episode of a podcast hosted by PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Ron Mizutani. The discussion focuses on the disappearance of Diane Suzuki in the summer of 1985, just after she finished teaching a dance class in ‘Aiea. Her missing posters stayed with us for years. Two former KHON-TV reporters who covered the story—Mizutani and HONOLULU’S own Robbie Dingeman—talk about why this case haunts so many in the Islands decades later. What School You Went? is available wherever you get your podcasts., @pbshawaii


Indo-Pacific Defense

Thursday, Feb. 17, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Jennifer Short, from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will discuss our national defense strategy and what that means for Hawai‘i in a live virtual webinar presented by the Hawai‘i Society of Business Professionals.


$25. Register for link at


Chamber Music

Monday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Spring Wind Quintet kicks off the 2022 Chamber Music Hawai‘i season at Palikū Theatre. Tickets are $30 for the general public and free for students (with valid student ID)., @chambermusichawaii