Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 6–July 8, 2018

Watch bartenders battle it out, purchase the work of local artists and attend one of the state’s largest bon dances.

There are still a ton of events happening in Honolulu this weekend, post-Independence Day. Kick off July with free drinks, local art and a traditional Obon festival. Plus, gear up for the Best of Honolulu Festival, happening next weekend at the civic grounds.


Best of Honolulu Festival
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Best of Honolulu Festival Presented by American Savings Bank

Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual Best of Honolulu Festival is right around the corner! Come by for ‘ono food from Gyozilla, Café Kaila, P.F. Chang’s Waikīkī and Teapresso. Watch live performances by the ʻukulele duo Honoka and Azita, Kaulana the Magician and The Tonga Sisters. And, of course, shop at the marketplace, filled with local vendors, including YIREH, Misha Lam Jewelry, Coco Moon and Rix Island Wear.

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


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Battle of the Bartenders Launch

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

Looking to try some free cocktail samples? Want to watch some of Oʻahu’s best bartenders and mixologists battle it out? Head to the International Market Place for the launch of the monthlong series, Battle of the Bartenders. This week’s battle will be between Flour & Barley’s Lana Salcur and The Street’s Andrew Woodley. The alcohol of choice: vodka. These two mixologists will each create a cocktail to be judged by a panel of professional judges. Enjoy your free vodka cocktail sample alongside chef-paired dishes created by International Market Place restaurants, including Eating House 1849, Herringbone and Yauatcha.

Free, International Market Place, Level 1, Queen’s Court, 2330 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here.


Hawaii Artists 2018 Portfolio Preview
Photo: Courtesy of Kaili Chun


Hawaiʻi Artists’ 2018 Portfolio Project Preview

Friday, July 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Come support globally acclaimed local artists at the Hawaiʻi Artists’ 2018 Portfolio Project Preview. Take a look at works by artists Ashley Bickerton, Kaili Chun, Yvonne Cheng, Paul Pfeiffer, Garnett Puett and Lawrence Seward while listening to live performances of jazz music. If you are an art aficionado (or an aspiring one), Cheng, Chun and Seward will also have a few works available for purchase.

Free, Artizen by MW Café Gallery, 250 S. Hotel St. For more information, go here.


Moiliili Obon Festival

Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest

Saturday, July 7, 5 to 10 p.m.

Head to Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest for one of the most widely attended bon dances in the state, which coincides with Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, this year. Learn about the festival, decorate an uchiwa (Japanese round fan) and fold some intricate origami. There will be more than 25 popular food trucks serving their best dishes at the event. Interested? Check out the Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest. If you can’t make it to this Obon festival, there are many more happening this summer.

Free, Old Varsity Theater parking lot, 1110 University Ave. For more information, go here.


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