Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 28–August 1, 2021
Take a break this weekend by listening to local favorites Kolohe Kai or Paula Fuga, tuning in to film festivals, or reconnecting with nature and yourself through a sound bath.
32nd Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Features Asian LGBTQ Cinema
July 30 through August 15
Every month in Hawai‘i seems to be Pride Month with so many beautiful rainbows stretching across our blue skies. But supporting Hawai‘i’s diverse LGBTQ community takes more than admiring our colorful rainbows. Tune in to the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation’s free film festival to see short films from around the world, including from the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance, and award-winning full-length narratives and documentaries. The festival will award two prizes: The $1,000 APQFFA grand prize will be awarded by a jury of participating festival programmers and the $500 Audience Award will be awarded to the film that has the highest view count—so be sure to share your favorites. There will also be an interactive talk-story about the challenges and opportunities to those in the Hawai‘i LGBTQ community.
To stream the films for free visit hglcf.org
Best of Kolohe Kai Acoustic Anniversary
Friday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Whether you’re at a beach for a potluck or chillin’ in a car ride with friends, Kolohe Kai’s “Ehu Girl” and “Cool Down” will likely be played more than once. Join Hawai‘i favorite Kolohe Kai as the group performs at the Waikīkī Shell this Friday. After supporting acts Josh Totofi and Joe Sambo, Kolohe Kai will play a number of hits including “Pakala Waters,” “Round Around” and “Heartstrings.” Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $64.50—and they’re selling fast.
Friday, July 30, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 31, at 9 p.m.
From Waimānalo, Paula Fuga has performed on Good Morning America, at Madison Square Garden, the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and even the White House three times. She received the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist for her debut album, Liliko‘i, in 2007, and has lived up to the award, making a name for herself locally and abroad. This weekend enjoy Fuga’s laid-back and soulful tunes at Blue Note Hawai‘i. Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. show is already sold out, so be sure to get your tickets quickly.
Hō‘ea: A Kanaka Maoli Film Showcase
Thursday, July 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Join Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea and Waiwai Collective for the fourth annual Hōʻea Kanaka Maoli Film Showcase. Enjoy treats from food trucks; live performances by the Osorio ʻohana and Mr. 83, Curtis Helm; and three award-winning short films: the 2021 Oscar contender Kapaemahu; Sundance-selected This is the Way We Rise; and the 2020 Hawai‘i International Film Festival Best Made in Hawai‘i Short, Hawaiian Soul. Come dressed in your favorite aloha attire. Tickets are available here and are $20 for individual admission and $35 for ‘ohana admission for up to four people. Parking is next door at the Waiwai Collective.
Serendipity: Expressing the Connection of People + Place + Past
Hawai‘i has its fair share of beautiful buildings and places with deep history and cultural significance, such as ‘Iolani Palace, the Hawai‘i state Capitol and the Moana Surfrider. Visit the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s virtual art exhibit to see local artists’ interpretations of these beautiful places. Artists of all skill levels and ages were welcome to submit their works in a variety of mediums including painting, poetry, photography and video. Vote on your favorite pieces to help select a People’s Choice Award in each category of art. There will also be honorable mention awards for works representing each island. Some of the art will be for sale, so if you like a particular piece, know that your purchase will help support a local artist as well as the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.
Sweat & Sip
Saturday, July 31, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
If you can’t decide whether you want to start your Saturday morning with a refreshing workout or fruity mimosa, here’s your answer. Join Komo Studio’s Joy Bitonio at the Prince Waikīkī Muliwai Deck for a 45-minute workout that will get you sweating. After, catch your breath with Dr. Alayna Newton’s breathing exercises and connect with your inner spirit with Celeste Gluz’s crystal sound healing exercises. To finish off your morning, enjoy a refreshing cocktail crafted with Pau Maui Vodka and distilled from Maui Gold pineapples. Be one of the first 30 participants to arrive to receive a free swag bag. Presale tickets are $30 through July 30. After that, it goes up to $35. Make sure to wear athletic attire and bring your own mat, water and towel. There will be complimentary self and valet parking.
Little Free Diverse Library at Victoria Ward Park
Keep an eye out for a colorfully painted box filled with books at Victoria Ward Park. The park’s latest addition, the Little Free Diverse Library, is a national initiative started by Sarah Kamye, a New York high school counselor who wanted to share books that encourage diversity and representation. Victoria Ward Park’s own library box was designed by local artist Jana Lam. Feel free to stop by and pick up a free book anytime. The selections are refreshed by Village Books and Music weekly.
Sunday Morning Sound Bath
Sunday, August 1, 10 to 11 a.m.
After a hard week of working virtually through your computer screen, reconnect with nature and yourself by heading down to Kapi‘olani Park on the lawn across from the Waikīkī Aquarium for a sound bath and meditative peace with Sound Healing Hawai‘i. Listen to chirping birds, leaves rustling in the wind, and the chiming sounds of crystal singing bowls. Bring a towel or blanket and lie down on the grass to connect with earth and focus on your breathing. If you’re busy Sunday, Sound Healing Hawai‘i also offers a free community sound bath every Friday on the right side of Ala Moana Beach Park at sunset.