Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 24–28

Catch some keiki hula, elevate your business skills, meet “Aquaman” star Kekoa Kekumano and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Kalihi Pālama Culture and Arts Society and Keiki Hula


Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition

Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, July 27


More than 25 hula hālau, plus individual keiki competitors, come from across the Islands (and even Japan) to perform at this historic competition, in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani. On Thursday, individual keiki will compete for the titles of Miss and Master Hula, while hālau will perform kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (modern) hula on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Watch the competition in person at the Blaisdell Arena or tune in live via livestream or TV.

$12–$14. Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here. To stream the event live, go here.


Hawai‘i Business Leadership Conference

Thursday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Learn how to help your company give back to the community and take your business skills to the next level at the largest professional development conference in the state, featuring more than 50 speakers. Start at the networking expo to make connections, then head to the morning session discussing how climate change will affect your business and how you can be more sustainable. Workshop topics include employee education, cultural intelligence and negotiation. Finish up at the closing keynote by Siri Lindley, world champion triathlete and high-performance coach. Lunch is included in the ticket price.

$185–$205. Hilton Hawaiian Villiage Coral Ballrooms, 2005 Kālia Road. For more information and to register, go here. Online registration ends 8 p.m. July 24 and day-of walk-ins are welcomed.



MayJah RayJah Music Festival

Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27


MayJah RayJah returns for its 10th anniversary this summer featuring a lineup of more than 20 artists over two days. Grammy-nominated eight-piece band Soja headlines the first night, then Bob Marley’s son, two-time Grammy winner Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, follows on Saturday. If you liked Micah Ganiron and Elijah Sky at the Best of Honolulu Festival, catch them again on MayJah RayJah’s acoustic stage. Aloha Stadium hosts the festival for the first time this year after it moved from its longtime spot at Waikīkī Shell to Kunia last year.

$50–$200. Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i State Art Museum


Super Saturday at Hawai‘i State Art Museum

Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


This weekend, it’s Super Saturday at HiSAM. That means art galleries, live music, food from Artizen, desserts from MoDo and art activities for all ages. Peruse HiSAM’s current exhibits, including Emphasized: Eye on Scale, which showcases different ways artists scale their pieces from sculpture to photography. If you’re inspired walking through the galleries, make your own artwork at any of the 11 workshops, including a zine-making workshop (grab a seat early at one of two limited sessions: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), create a raised design on a sheet of metal using the repoussé technique and create your own stickers.

Free. Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. For more information go here.


Ua Ao Kaiwi‘ula: Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, Wayfinding and Culture

Saturday, July 27, 4 to 9 p.m.


Bishop Museum and Kamehameha Schools host this festival celebrating Native Hawaiian culture and language for its second year. Community organizations share demonstrations, activities and crafts that highlight Hawaiian culture. Learn about resources that promote wellbeing and education among Hawaiian families, shop at the marketplace of local vendors and grab a bite to eat from Rainbow Drive In with Wing Ice Cream for dessert. The event includes a student film festival allowed submissions from students in grades K–12 across the state for films on Hawaiian language, culture and wayfinding. The three best films will be shown at the festival on Saturday. Bishop Museum exhibits will also be open. Toward the end of the event, meet actor Kekoa Kekumano of Aquaman and Hae Hawai‘i and enjoy both films to finish off the night.

Free. Bishop Museum great lawn, 1525 Bernice St. For more information go here.


Mount Gay Rum and Hawai‘i Yacht Club Pineapple Bash 2019

Wednesday, July 24  |  4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Honolulu Surf Film Festival Presents Surf Cinema Nugs 2019

Thursday, July 25  |  1 to 2 p.m.

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Honne Live in Honolulu

Thursday, July 25  |  8 to 11 p.m.

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Hawaiʻi Bridal Expo

Friday, July 26  |  5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Palolo Hongwanji Bon Dance

Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27  |  5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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Cut Snake Live in Honolulu

Saturday, July 27  |  9 to 11:30 p.m.

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Wahine Polo Tournament at The Honolulu Polo Club in Waimānalo

Sunday, July 28  |  Gates open at 1 p.m. (matches begin at 3 p.m.)

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Parents’ Day Snorkel and Boat Cruise with Wild Sea Turtles

Sunday, July 28  |  8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Brunch with Aloha at The Four Seasons

Sunday, July 28  |  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“The Tempest” at Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival

Thru Jul 28  |  7:30 p.m.

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


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