Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 29–August 4, 2020

Rediscover lost ships, watch LGBTQ+ shorts and venture out to a socially distanced market.


31st Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Friday, July 31, through Wednesday, August 12

There will be no fabulous rainbow-carpet gala celebrating HRFF31, but the virtual festival doesn’t come without its perks: This year, every film will be available to stream for free online. It kicks off Friday with the local premiere of Kama‘āina, the story of a young queer girl who escapes abuse and finds refuge at Pu‘uhonua o Wai‘anae. It was awarded Best LGBTQ+ Short at the Palm Springs International ShortFest in June. Stay tuned after the screening for a talk story with refuge founder Twinkle Borge, star Malia Kamalani Soon and director Kimi Howl Lee. Find the schedule of 20 short films online. Can’t wait till Friday? Check out festival director Brent Anbe’s Ajumma! Are You Krazy??? above. HONOLULU is a sponsor of the event.

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Shipwrecks and Seafaring Stories of Hawai‘i’s Past

Thursday, July 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The ocean surrounding our Islands is filled with wonder, both natural and man-made, that many of us will never get to experience firsthand. Rediscover lost treasures of the deep, from World War II planes to whaling ships and more, through this virtual presentation for the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation by Hans Van Tilburg of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Attendees will also be able to ask questions.

Free; registration required at



The Reset Theatre Coalition: Reset Series

Friday, July 31, 2 p.m.

We can all agree that now’s not the best time to pack into a theater elbow to elbow with strangers, but the show must go on—especially when it comes to conversations about race, privilege and injustices. Kumu Kahua Theatre joined with Conch Shell Productions and Braata Productions in New York to spotlight playwrights of color through a series of original works performed live online every Friday in July. The final episode takes place this Friday, but you can catch up on previous plays (5 to 10 minutes each) here.

Watch live on Conch Shell Productions’ YouTube channel


Mom Made Market Hawai‘i

Update: This event has been canceled

Need to get out of the house? The Mom Made Market returns in person this weekend with 17 vendors, including Workshop 28, Prickly Pear Designs, Kira Hawai‘i and Laha‘ole Designs, spaced throughout Ward Village. Support small local businesses while keeping them and others safe by wearing masks, giving others space and sanitizing your hands before and after touching any of the products for sale.

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Kailua Drive-In Movie Weekend

Thursday, July 30, to Sunday, August 2

Edward Scissorhands and Spies In Disguise return to the big screen at Kailua United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10.


Film Processing and Scanning Livestream

Friday, July 31, 4 p.m.

Learn how to work with film photos from Treehouse’s Bobby Asato.


Friday Night Comedy

Update: This event has been canceled

Jose Dynamite headlines, with Andrew Joyce, Eddie M. and Tumua Tuinei at Anna O’Brien’s. $10, RSVP required, 21 and older only.


Fluid Art Social

Friday, July 31, 7 to 9 p.m.

Take a socially distant art class from The Academy Learning Hub in East Honolulu. Supplies provided; BYOB for the 21-and-older crowd.