Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 21–27, 2021
Support Team USA as it competes in Tokyo, try out some new blends from Big Island Coffee Roasters and enjoy local music in a variety of styles.
Meet the Makers: Behind the Beans Experience
Wednesday, July 28, noon
For many of us who struggle in the mornings to wake up and face the day, coffee is a necessity. But the thought process behind making our cup of joe doesn’t go much further than the question of if we want to add milk or sugar. It’s a little more involved at Big Island Coffee Roasters. In Mana Up and Hawaiian Airlines’ first Meet the Makers virtual event, Big Island Coffee Roasters co-founders Kelleigh Stewart and Brandon von Damitz will explain the behind-the-scenes work of creating their flavorful and unique coffee roasts. Learn the process of dry milling, grading, optical sorting and roasting that is required to produce their Hawai‘i-grown coffees and blends. Who knew there was so much to it? Stewart and von Damitz will share stories behind their new exclusive set of blends, which you can purchase for $70. Make sure to order by Saturday, July 24, to get it in time for the event. The set includes 100% Hawaiian Blend Coffee Hawaiian Harmony, 100% Kona Peaberry Coffee and Ka‘ū Darkwood roasts, a Hawaiian Coffee Lip Balm and a $10 Big Island Coffee Roasters gift card. Stewart and von Damitz will also share their fail-proof recipe for French press, and demonstrate how to savor their Espresso Bites, which were featured on Good Morning America. Other Meet the Maker events on Wednesdays through September will feature Mānoa Chocolate and Kō Hana Rum.
Friday, July 23
Surf’s up at the Tokyo Olympics! After a year of anticipation for competitors and fans alike, the games will open this Friday. Support Team USA from the comfort of your couch, since spectators won’t be allowed in person. Surfing will make its debut at the Olympics so be sure to support Hawai‘i’s own Carissa Moore and John John Florence as they compete for Team USA at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach in Chiba, Japan, from Saturday, July 24 to the medal rounds on Tuesday, July 27. Also make sure to watch volleyball, skateboarding, rugby and basketball to cheer on other local Olympians.
‘Aha Mele Ea Reggae and Hip-Hop Concert
Saturday, July 24, 4 to 8 p.m.
Celebrate Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, or Sovereignty Restoration Day, with ‘Aha Mele Ea and a lineup of award-winning musicians and speakers at Ka Waiwai in Mōʻiliʻili. Established in 1843 by King Kamehameha III to celebrate Great Britain’s restoration of Hawai‘i’s sovereign government, Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea was one of the first national holidays of the Hawaiian kingdom. Listen to music from Kapu System featuring Kawika Aspili; the Punahele Osorio Trio with Jon, Duncan Kamakana and Jamaica Osorio; and more while enjoying fresh ‘awa, which will be available for purchase from the food trucks outside. The event is 18 and up; $25 tickets are available here. To have some fun on the dance floor and to keep our community safe, please bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the event to follow the city’s current tier system rules.
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Pop-Up Music at Kaloko‘eli Courtyard
Saturday, July 24, 3 to 7 p.m.
Head down to Kaka‘ako with your beach chairs, mats and dancing shoes for a free concert at the courtyard in front of the Flats at Pu‘unui and H-Mart. Kicking the afternoon off at 3 p.m. is Ben Kama, a regular performer at The Royal Hawaiian, The Moana Surfrider and the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel. At 5 p.m., multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning group Vaihi will take over with its upbeat local tunes. Come join in on the fun with family and friends. Parking is available at The Flats at Pu‘unui parking garage at 440 Keawe Street and at the Salt at Our Kaka‘ako parking structure at 333 Keawe St.
Aloha Home Market
Sunday, July 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From homemade dog treats to crystals that encourage love, Aloha Home Market has it all. Whether you are looking for a new piece of art for your home, a tote or beach bag, jewelry or even a quick bite to keep you energized in the hot summer heat, make your way to Kailua for the monthly Aloha Home Market. Support local vendors and discover some one-of-a-kind treasures at this keiki and pet-friendly market. Keep your eye out for Shop Meraki Crystals, Aloha Shellery by Manny’s Diving Adventures and Hawai‘i Candy Co. for some sweet finds.
Friday, July 23, through Sunday, July 25, 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows
All-4-One and one for love! This Grammy Award-winning quartet, well known for its R&B and pop love songs, is coming to Blue Note Hawai‘i this weekend. With hit songs like “I Swear,” “I Can Love You Like That” and “So Much in Love,” the group has released seven albums over the years and sold more than 20 million units worldwide. A fun fact: All-4-One’s “I Swear” was the biggest-selling single of 1994, according to the Guinness World Records. Tickets start at $45 per person (must purchase a table) and can be bought here.
Waialeʻe Volunteer Workday
Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to noon
Start your Saturday morning with some good karma by helping to restore a 50-acre parcel at the University of Hawaiʻi Waialeʻe Livestock Research Station. The workday is a unique opportunity to check out the beautiful view there; it’s normally off-limits to the public. In addition to the view of the North Shore from the mountains to the oceans, the land parcel contains the Kalou fishpond, more than 20 acres of historic taro patches and endangered native water birds such as the ʻalae ʻula. Working with the North Shore Community Land Trust, you will remove invasive species, pick up rubbish and perform other tasks as needed. Don’t forget to wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toed shoes, and bring bug repellant, water and reef-safe sunscreen. Volunteer workdays are on the fourth Saturday of every month, so if you can’t make it this Saturday, mark the next one, Aug. 28, in your calendar. Click here to register. Park on the Kalou Marsh road, on the makai side of Kamehameha Highway close to the old barn.
Astra: A Circus Show in Space
Saturdays, July 24 and 31 at 4 and 7 p.m., and Sundays, July 25 and Aug. 1 at 3 and 6 p.m.
What does it mean to exist? Perhaps a circus has the answer. Astra: A Circus Show in Space will break in Kailua Onstage Arts’ new performance space on South Beretania Street. Follow Tim the Human on his journey from Earth through the cosmos to explore our beautiful universe filled with star nurseries and celestial bodies. Bring the family and watch performers tell Tim’s story through juggling, hand balancing, unicycling and more. Tickets are $20 and can be bought here. Free parking is available in the Civic Center Municipal Parking garage at Beretania and Alapa‘i streets, as well as on surrounding streets.