Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: January 29–February 4, 2020
Follow the white rabbit, dress as a Jedi, run a 5K around Ala Moana and more this weekend.
Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
January 31 at 7:30 p.m. and February 1 at 2 and 8 p.m.
The film that started a more than four decades-long pop-culture obsession with all things Jedi and the Force returns to the big screen this weekend, accompanied by John Williams’ Oscar-winning score played live by the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra. Dress up in your favorite Star Wars gear, grab some snacks and get ready to hoot and holler the moment those iconic opening credits appear on screen. Rush tickets are now on sale at the box office for students ($15) and active military ($20). If you aren’t planning to fly solo (sorry, Han), seats together are still available for Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
$27–$89, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., hisymphony.org
East Meets West Conference 2020
January 31, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It’s like Shark Tank in real life: Watch 10 startup companies from around the world pitch their companies to a team of venture capitalists and investors. Some of this year’s startups use artificial intelligence to identify athletes and sports apparel in photos, help travelers book scuba adventures and provide hospitality professionals for events. That’s just one hour—the daylong event also features panels on the rise of the digital nomad, sustainability and a keynote on creating a more ethical and inclusive startup culture. Even if you aren’t planning on starting your own company, it’s a good chance to learn something new, network and watch the fireworks outside the Hilton.
$295, Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kālia Road, eastmeetswest.co
Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art
ArtAfterDark: Looking Glass
January 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
HoMA’s monthly art party kicks off its 2020 season by honoring Lewis Carroll, whose birthday was Monday. New this year, attendees must buy tickets or reserve their spots in advance—they won’t be sold at the door. Not only do you get to explore the museum at night (including the contemporary photography exhibition, Immersive Spaces), admission includes activities such as a gallery hunt, book swap, coloring contest, photo booth and more, so come dressed as your favorite character from Wonderland and get ready for a tea party, with or without alcohol.
$30, free for members, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., (808) 532-8700, honolulumuseum.org
Bubble Gum 5K Run
February 1, 7 a.m.
Celebrate National Bubble Gum Day by doing what your parents told you never to do: run while chewing gum. But it’s for a good cause, so who are we to pooh-pooh? The Hawai‘i Alpha Foundation and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity mentor middle and high school students and provide college scholarships. It’s too late to receive a T-shirt, but the top three winners in each division earn a medal, so get moving.
$20–$40, Ala Moana Regional Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., check in at 6 a.m., flpregister.com
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BrunchFest Presented by American Savings Bank
Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
HONOLULU Magazine is 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 though—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
Spanish & French Wine Dinner at The Pig And The Lady
Wednesday, January 29 | 6 p.m.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Mililani Shopping Center
Friday, January 31 | 5–7 p.m.
We, the Voyagers Documentary Film Screening on Polynesian Voyaging Traditions in the Solomon Islands
Friday, January 31 | 5:30–8:30 p.m.
H.O.T. Presents Opera Express’ Cinderella at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako
Saturday, February 1 | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
2020 Wahine Experience
Saturday, February 1 | 3–5 p.m.
Blue Note Hawai‘i Comedy Series Presents Jeremy Piven
Monday, February 3 | 6:30–8 p.m.
Diamond Head Theatre Presents Murder on the Orient Express
Thursday, January 30–Sunday, February 16 | Various times
Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival + South Asian Cinema 2020
Until Friday, January 31 | Various times
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.
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