Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 18–21, 2019

Best of Honolulu Festival returns this weekend, bringing the best food, shopping and fun to the Honolulu Hale civic grounds.

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Best of Honolulu Festival

Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This weekend, come to the Best of Honolulu Festival, where you’ll find the very best of the city all in one place. More than 15 restaurants will be there serving you bright purple sweets (from Ubae) or gourmet dumplings (from Bao Tao’n). Eat till you’re stuffed, then head over to the marketplace to treat yourself to Green Tea Leaves’ newest landform design necklace or pick up some natural sunscreen from Little Hands Hawai‘i.


Plus, stop by the stage to hear reggae artist Elijah Sky perform songs from his album Heart Over Hype and R&B artist Keilana Mokulehua sooth you with her soulful voice.


Free, Honolulu Hale civic grounds, 530 S. King St. For more information, go here.


SEE ALSO: 8 Things You Should Know About the 2019 Best of Honolulu Festival


Eat Think Drink—Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine: The Evolution of Agriculture in Hawai‘i

Thursday, July 18, 6 to 9 p.m.

The Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine movement launched almost 30 years ago as a way for local chefs and farmers to support each other. This weekend, learn how this important relationship shaped Hawai‘i’s food scene, and taste it, too. Samuel Yamashita will offer expertise from his new book, Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine: The Movement That Changed the Way Hawai‘i Eats. Later a panel of farmers and chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka of MW Restaurant will give the audience a chance to ask questions.


Five local chefs—Karr-Ueoka, Chris Kajioka, Andrew Le, Colin Hazama and David Lukela—will serve island-grown dishes alongside drinks from an open bar.


$65–$75, ‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach, 2490 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


SEE ALSO: What Will Foodies Find at the 2019 Best of Honolulu Festival?

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Goodwill Goes Glam! Legacy Fashion Show and Sale

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Glam might not be the first word that comes to mind when you hear thrift store, but for the past eight years, Goodwill Hawai‘i has melded the secondhand with high fashion. Hawai‘i-born designer Anne Namba combines donated pieces with her kimono couture for this year’s runway show to benefit Goodwill Hawai‘i’s mission to prepare individuals for the workplace. Guests are also treated to a three-course meal by chef Lawrence Nakamoto of Mariposa.


As a fashion show attendee, you’ll get first pick from the Glam! Sale of more than 50,000 fashion items at affordable prices. Anyone else can come to the sale for free on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


$25, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


SEE ALSO: Your Guide to Entertainment at the Best of Honolulu Festival 2019


Gary Clark Jr. Live in Honolulu

Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 8–11:30 p.m.


Gary Clark Jr. comes to Honolulu to perform his third album, This Land—a mashup of blues, rock, reggae, R&B and hip-hop. Hailed as a modern Jimi Hendrix, Clark has collaborated with Alicia Keys and Childish Gambino and in 2014 he won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance of his song “Please Come Home.” Experience the Texas native’s unique musical style in person and get email instructions for a free copy of This Land with your ticket purchase.


$49.50 GA, $150 VIP$5 increase in price day-of. The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. #30. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


SEE ALSO: Your Guide to Shopping at the 2019 Best of Honolulu Festival Marketplace


Viaggio Six-Course Wine Pairing Dinner with Crimson Wines Sommelier

Thursday, July 18  |  6 to 8 p.m.

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“The Tempest” at Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival

Thursday, July 18 thru Jul 28  |  7:30 p.m.

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Aloha Home Market – Endless Summer Market!

Sunday, July 21  |  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2019

This week’s lineup includes:

  • Thank You Mother

  • Board Shorts

  • Shaka

  • Heavy Water

  • Rising Tide with Zak Noyle

  • Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawai‘i


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.


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