Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 1-6, 2021
Pull out your favorite red, white and blue outfits and head to Ala Moana to enjoy a Fourth of July celebration or get some date ideas at Bishop Museum or Blue Note Hawai‘i.
Ala Moana Fourth of July Celebrations
Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5
Even without its normal Fourth of July fireworks show, Ala Moana Center still has lots of festivities in store. On July 3 and 4 enjoy a free drive-in concert at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Join Henry Kapono & Friends on Saturday, July 3, and Hawaiian Style Band, Hoku Zuttermeister and Kamanawa on Sunday, July 4. Free tickets are valid for one vehicle with up to five people inside and are required for entry. In between barbecues this weekend, take a break from the sun and enjoy special discounts from more than 35 retailers, including up to 50% off at Coach and 20% off one regular priced item at HIC Surf. You can also enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card by following Ala Moana Center on Instagram, liking the Fourth of July Sweepstakes post and tagging three friends in the comments. If you spend $300 or more on July 4 throughout Ala Moana Center, stop by Guest Services for a free pair of freshwater pearl studs from Maui Divers Jewelry. Click here for more information and restrictions. If you are feeling patriotic and want to give back to your community, help fulfill Hawai‘i’s blood supply needs with the Better Together Hawai‘i Blood Drive on Street Level 1, next to Goma Tei, on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, click here or call (808) 848-4770. And finally, to end your shopping spree, take a photo at the selfie wall on Mall Level 2, Center Court, which will feature a festive Fourth of July theme.
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Mānoa Village Gallery Presents Summer of Love
Through September 21
Kicking off Mānoa Village Gallery’s “Summer of Love” series, the Rainbow Bridge Exhibition takes viewers back to the rockin’ ’60s through a camera lens. Opened on June 21, the exhibit showcases curator and collector Michael D. Horikawa’s original photos and prints of Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart from live concerts in Hawai‘i. You can also see longtime graphic designer Neal Izumi’s never-before-exhibited photos of the Rolling Stones concert known as “Woodstock West” at Altamont Speedway in Northern California. And finally, check out Dave Hori’s photos from the early 1970s of Bob Dylan and The Band, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young from their legendary concert “The Last Waltz” at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Rainbow Bridge Exhibition is dedicated to photographer Jim Wiseman, who died this year. His photos of Jimi Hendrix taken in St. Louis in November1968 will also be on display. Summer of Love’s second phase, “Naked Beauty,” opens Monday, July 19. The gallery is open Fridays and Mondays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
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Bishop Museum “After Hours”
First Friday of each month through December 2021, starting July 2, 5–8 p.m.
The exhibits may not come alive like in the movie Night at the Museum, but you can experience firsthand Bishop Museum at night during its “After Hours” event. Enjoy the 15-acre campus as the sun sets while listening to live music and checking out the latest exhibits. Pow! Wow! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, is a campuswide exhibit that showcases notable Hawai‘i-based artists, international street artists and sculptors and will be open until Sept. 19. Started in 2010, Pow! Wow! now has a global network of artists and gallery shows. Its partnership with Bishop Museum aims to bring together contemporary art and traditional culture. (Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaiʻi will be open until Oct. 24 and is based on the Sullivan Collection of photographs and plaster busts of Native Hawaiians collected during the 1920s, which were created to study the physical features of Native Hawaiians. Today the exhibit aims to use these pieces to refute false and harmful scientific claims based on race. Standard admission rates apply; free to Bishop Museum members. Walk-ins are allowed but registration is highly recommended. The evening rate for parking from 5 to 10 p.m. is $3.
Ron Artis II with Strings of Life
Friday, July 2, and Saturday, July 3, 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows
Join local singer and songwriter Ron Artis II at Blue Note Hawaiʻi for a night of classical strings mixed with his own take on rock ’n’ roll, funk, soul and blues. Ron Artis II will be performing a number of his originals including “This is America,” “Soul Street” and “Live At The Belly Up” backed by a string quartet featuring special guest Zach Brock of Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, a New York-based jazz band, on first violin. Tickets are $30 for the loge and $40 for the bar and premium seats.
E Lei Ho‘i, E Lili‘ulani Ē | Music For and By The Queen Lili‘uokalani
Saturday, July 2, through Sunday, July 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s 150 compositions, only a few have been widely heard, including the ever-popular “Aloha ‘Oe.” With the support of the Lili‘uokalani Trust and its trustees, Hui Hānai published a collection of 60 songs written by Lili‘uokalani in The Queen’s Songbook in 1999. In honor of Lili‘uokalani and in collaboration with the Lili‘uokalani Trust, the Waikīkī Shell presents this concert of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sarah Hicks. Click here for the full program. Tickets range from $25 to $60.
Get Movin’ HUGS Virtual 5K Challenge Fundraiser
Saturday, July 3, through Sunday, July 11
Get your ʻōkole up and raise money for HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support) to benefit Hawai‘i’s seriously ill children and their families by taking part in HUGS’ first-ever virtual 5K challenge. Whether you are walking, hiking, biking or swimming by yourself, with your family or with a team (up to six people), the goal is to complete 3.1 miles. Every finisher will receive a “Get Movin’ for HUGS” T-shirt. The individual who raises the most donations will receive a $100 Roy’s gift card and a Sweet Enemy cap and T-shirt. Post a cute picture with your pet on your 5K challenge on Instagram between July 3 and 11, tag @hugshawaii and use #GetMovinforHUGS for a chance to win a $50 Kāhala Mall gift card and $25 vouchers from Pizza Hut or Taco Bell. Click here to see the other contest categories and prizes. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Kāhala Mall gift card and Sweet Enemy cap and T-shirt or a $100 Up & Riding gift card. Every dollar donated will be matched by the William Schampeau Charitable Trust. HUGS has already raised more than $23,000, surpassing its $10,000 goal. Register by July 2, or call (808) 732-4846 if you are signing up after.
Mānoa Valley Theatre Presents Daddy Long Legs
July 1 to 11, shows on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m.
Experience turn-of-the-century New England with Mānoa Valley Theatre’s premiere of the Drama Desk Award-winning musical Daddy Long Legs. In this Cinderella-esque story by Paul Gordon and John Caird, orphan Jerusha Abbott exchanges letters monthly with her mysterious benefactor, whom she dubs “Daddy Long Legs” after seeing his elongated shadow, in exchange for a college education to become a writer. Uncover the identity of the mysterious “Daddy Long Legs” and enjoy the twists and turns of this unforeseen musical love story. Tickets for in-person performances are $40, $35 for seniors and military and $22 for people 25 and under. Livestreaming performances are Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, July 11, at 3 p.m. Cost per performance is $20.
Holey Grail Donuts Fourth of July Tasting Box
Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4
If you’re looking for an easy contribution to your family potluck for Fourth of July, stop by Holey Grail Donuts for a special themed tasting box of four popular flavors. Holey Grail’s doughnuts are 100% plant based, made from taro and fried in organic coconut oil. In your Fourth of July tasting box, you’ll find a birthday cake doughnut, which is vanilla bean topped with dehydrated strawberry and bee pollen. The L&L doughnut highlights intense lemon and lime flavors with Meyer lemon sugar, Tahitian lime curd and citric caviar or finger lime. To contrast the tart L&L, the Chocolate Crunch takes the chocolate glazed doughnut to the next level with Lydgate Farms chocolate, cacao nibs and sea salt. Your imagination will wander to Waikīkī with the Haole, which is piña colada-flavored with a dash of Kō Hana rum and topped with smashed pineapple and coconut. A tasting box is $12; an individual doughnut is $4.