Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: January 22–28, 2020
The first day of the Lunar New Year is going to be a sunny one so get outside for our top 15 things to do this week.
Chinese New Year Prix Fixe Dinner at Pai Honolulu
Available for dinner from Tuesday, January 21 through Saturday, January 25
Hale ‘Aina award-winning chef Kevin Lee of Pai Honolulu offers his spin on traditional Chinese foods for five nights only. The set menu starts with agedashi XO turnip cake with miso-cured Ali‘i mushrooms and smoked akule, followed by boneless pork spareribs with black bean noodles, steamed ginger fish and finished with an almond pudding fruit tart.
$65 with an additional $25 for pairings. Add seared foie gras with basmati rice congee for $28. Pai Honolulu, 55 Merchant St., Suite 110, (808) 744-2531, paihonolulu.com
Young the Giant
January 24 and 25, 8 p.m.
Supporting their latest album, Mirror Master, Young the Giant returns to Hawai‘i for two shows this weekend. Known as much for their radio hits as their “In the Open” YouTube series—in which they perform stripped-down versions of their songs while wandering the beach, huddled under a intertwined branches or in a cave—the group puts on an unforgettable live show with a good dose of cowbell and ‘ukulele along with more typical alt-rock instruments. Swing by either night for intimate crooning by vocalist Sameer Gadhia mixed with favorite heavy hitters like “My Body,” but buy tickets soon: BAMP Project posted a low-ticket warning last week, and the Saturday show just sold out Thursday morning. Prior opens the concert at 8 p.m.
$45 plus fees, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., bampproject.com
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January 22–26, 8 p.m.
Don’t worry if you missed the legendary duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock last night: There are four more chances to catch the Aussie duo live at the Blue Note and sing “All Out of Love” as if you just caught up with your lover at the airport gate and don’t want them to leave (remember when that was a thing? Did people actually do that?). Expect to hear all the romantic hits: “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Making Love Out of Nothing At All.” We’re sensing a theme here.
$95–$145, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotehawaii.com
Video: Katie Kenny
Paws on the Path and Urban PetFest
Saturday, January 25; Paws on the Path starts at 8 a.m. and Urban PetFest runs from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The weather gods appear to be blessing us with another sunny weekend—so leash the pooch and head outside for a doggy day date double feature. Start the morning with the Hawaiian Humane Society’s monthly hiking club at Moanalua Valley Trail for a scenic hike that will definitely push you closer to those 2020 fitness goals. After a healthy dose of exercise, head over to Kaka‘ako’s popping brunch scene at Salt for some well-earned nibbles and tipples for you and some treats and toys from Urban PetFest (located in Salt’s covered area known as The Barn) for your fur baby. The pop-up event promises market stalls filled with goodies for all animals, a dog show, entertainment, contests and free belly rubs from passersby for all the goodest boys and girls. Don’t forget to bring their bowls and lots of water.
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BrunchFest Presented by American Savings Bank
Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
HONOLULU Magazine’s gathering the top breakfast and brunch restaurants for BrunchFest presented by American Savings Bank. It will be a morning of delicious sweet and savory bites, drinks, lawn games and entertainment. Get your tickets now to enjoy dishes from Over Easy, Smith and Kings, Café Kaila, Dean & DeLuca and more. VIPs get an extra hour to indulge, from 10 a.m. Don’t wait too long to get yours, VIP tickets will sell out first. Arrange a ride so you can enjoy bloody marys and mimosas (valet parking will also be available). Join us for a relaxed Sunday Funday vibe on March 8 at the new waterfront Ho‘okupu Center at Kewalo Basin, and check out photos from last year below!
$55–$80, 21 and older, Ho‘okupu Center, 1125 Ala Moana Blvd., hnltix.com
Blue Note Hawai‘i Comedy Series: Andy Bumatai and Frank De Lima
Thursday, January 23 | 7–9 p.m.
America’s Got Talent Winner Shin Lim Comes to Hawai‘i
Thursday, January 23 to Friday, January 24 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Honolulu Tattoo Expo 2020
Friday, January 24 at 3 p.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 7 p.m.
Diamond Head Theatre Presents Murder on the Orient Express
Friday, January 24 through Sunday, February 16 | Various times
Ring in Chinese New Year with International Market Place
Saturday, January 25 | noon–4 p.m.
Jim Brickman’s Greatest Hits Tour
Saturday, January 25 | 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Bubble Run Hawai‘i 2020
Sunday, January 26 | 8 a.m.– noon
Join the Lunar New Year Celebration at Waikele Premium Outlets
Sunday, January 26 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
READ MORE ON HONOLULU FAMILY: Chinese New Year: Where to Find Lion Dances in Honolulu
Surf Nights with 2020 Olympian Carissa Moore at the Bishop Museum
Tuesday, January 28 | 5:30–8 p.m.
Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival + South Asian Cinema 2020
Until Friday, January 31
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.
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