Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: February 17–23, 2021

Watch blockbusters in your car (and eat chicken), learn to make dumplings from one of Hawai‘i’s best chefs, listen to local musicians and comedians, and be one of the first to visit an award-winning dining duo’s new location in Honolulu.



Aloha Drive-In Movies

Friday, Feb. 19, 6 & 9 p.m. shows; Saturday, Feb. 20, 5:30 & 8:35 p.m. shows

The team behind this weekly drive-in movie series is not playing around: The current lineup is loaded with blockbuster goodness that deserves big screen viewing. This Friday, moviegoers have their pick of two family-friendly Steven Spielberg classics: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and, one of the greatest quotable and ridiculous kids movies of all time, The Goonies (preceded by a local short film called Mo‘o about two teen cousins searching for spirits in a haunted forest). Saturday is all about the superheroes with Incredibles 2 and Avengers: Endgame. And if you’re still on the fence about how awesome drive-in movies have been during the pandemic, you can preorder food from Raising Cane’s to have it delivered directly to your car.


$25–$45, Ala Moana Center,



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Jake Shimabukuro at Blue Note Hawai‘i

Thursday, Feb. 18–Friday, Feb. 19, 6 & 8:30 p.m. shows

We love Jake Shimabukuro. You love Jake Shimabukuro. Jake Shimabukuro loves performing live at COVID-safe venues like the Blue Note. So lighten up Hawai‘i’s experience of an (almost) yearlong pandemic (and Mercury being in retrograde this week) with a performance from the local ‘ukulele master’s covers of jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, classical and folk tunes.


$35–$45, Blue Note Hawai‘i,, @bluenotehawaii


Making dumplings by Frank Zhang via Unsplash

Photo: Frank Zhang / Unsplash



Lunar New Year Dumpling Making

Saturday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

If you missed out on making dumplings during the beginning of Lunar New Year last Friday, then join Hawai‘i Theatre’s livestream class with Pai Honolulu. Recipes will be provided; you can choose to shop for the ingredients yourself or purchase one of two Chinese New Year Dumpling Kits from Pai: A kit of ingredients for 20 dumplings costs $18 and 40 costs $30. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, and picked up Friday or Saturday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown restaurant. Get the full details here. And while the livestream is free, think about sending a donation to Hawai‘i Theatre.


Free,, @hawaiitheatre, @paihonolulu



Tavana at HB Social Club

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7–10 p.m. & Saturday, Feb. 20, 5:30–8 p.m.

It’s Tavana mayhem at HB Social Club this week with two shows. On Thursday the one-man band performs solo and on Saturday he joins Paul Izak. Both performances will be opened by Jenuine Leigh. Tables can be booked ahead of time for parties of two to five people sitting together (you know the rules: No moving around from table to table).


$40–$100, HB Social Club,, @hbsocialclub


SEE ALSO: Tavana’s Newest Release, Sway, Showcases Collaboration in a Time When We Crave It Most 


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EAT at Artizen by MW’s New Location

When husband and wife power couple Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka closed their MW Restaurant and Artizen by MW at HiSAM locations, I wept a little. Have you ever had their chocolate buttermilk cake or mochi crusted fish with somen noodles, vegetable banchan and a soy yuzu kosho vinaigrette? If you know, you know. If you don’t know then you’re in luck (actually everyone is in luck)! The MW team has moved to the Symphony Honolulu building on Ward Avenue and Artizen by MW opened on the ground floor (you’ll spot the outdoor tables close to the corner of Kapi‘olani Boulevard and Ward Avenue) on Tuesday, Feb. 16, for takeout and dine-in breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out @artizenbymw for weekly pastry and dessert specials.


SEE ALSO: There’s a Big Move In the Works for MW Restaurant


LAUGH at Some Local Comedians

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7–9 p.m.

Yes, we still need a giggle (I did mention the almost yearlong pandemic and Mercury in retrograde, right?). Thankfully Square Barrels is continuing its Comedy Squared standup series. This week, Rebecca Robinson will host Mike Rayo, Julia Ogilvie, Pam Thai, Brandi Morgan and Jasmin Bautista. Tickets are $10, the beer list is a Hale ‘Aina winner and there’s a new menu to check out!

$10 entry, Square Barrels,, @squarebarrels



LEARN to Dance

2020 the sequel is all about learning new skills and getting rid of that extra stay-at-home weight. So why not help yourself out with a little workout in the form of dance classes? Infinity Movement Studio offers regular ballet and salsa classes to fit everyone’s schedule and skill level. These events can be experienced in person at a Kaka‘ako studio or online.


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SCROLL Through Our New Food Blog

Did you hear? Frolic Hawai‘i and HONOLULU Magazine have joined forces so you, our hungry and food-forward reader, can get daily news, updates and info on what’s happening around O‘ahu’s dining scene. Read all about the news from Frolic’s fearless leader Mari Taketa and follow along on Instagram @frolichawaii.


SEE ALSO: A Note to Readers: Welcome to Frolic’s New Home


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