Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 7–13, 2021
Immerse yourself in art, sit back and enjoy music from local performers, and have a fun shopping spree this weekend.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Get Gogh-ing to the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Kamehameha Exhibit Hall III to immerse yourself into the colorful world of Vincent Van Gogh. Watch his most famous works come alive through projection technology. While more than 300 of his masterpieces dance across the walls, listen as Van Gogh’s own words, set to a symphonic score, narrate the experience. Ticket price varies by time so click here for more information.
HoMA Summer Nights
Fridays and Saturdays until Aug. 31, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
If you’re looking for a cute date night or maybe you just enjoy art and live music, check out Honolulu Museum of Art’s Summer Nights. In addition to late-night gallery access on both days, this Friday night you can enjoy a live performance by local singer Preston Kauwe from 5:30 to 8:30 at the HoMA Café with a special bar menu of beer, wines and other refreshments. If Saturday works better for your schedule, listen to Aloha Got Soul’s mix of 1970s and ’80s jazz, funk, soul and R&B music from Hawai‘i from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Or grab a lau hala mat and some takeout from the HoMA Café for a picnic at the Central Courtyard stage while enjoying music from local performer Kala‘e Camarillo, a 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner for his album Feel at Home. Saturday also offers a hands-on ceramics workshop, which is free with museum admission, at the HoMA shop with local artist Rochelle Lum, whose work is inspired by the flora and fauna of Hawai‘i and the legends and mythology of Asia and Hawai‘i.
SEE ALSO: Insider’s Guide to Honolulu Museums
Kimié Miner’s Birthday Celebration
July 9 and 10, 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows
Enjoy a night of music and celebration with Grammy-nominated producer, singer-songwriter, recording artist, music publisher, founder of Haku Collective (a full-service music audio and talent production group) and mother of three, Kimié Miner. Inspired by her Native Hawaiian roots, Miner encompasses the Hawaiian concept of the piko, the navel or center that represents home or a place to which one can always return, in each of her songs. A livestream will be available on Saturday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. for $25 but if you are interested in an in-person performance, purchase your tickets here before they sell out.
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Nā Kūpuna Nights
Sunday, July 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with seating at 5 p.m.
Close out the weekend with an evening of live Hawaiian music, Native Hawaiian arts and crafts, and delicious food at the Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort and Spa. Listen to Wehilani Ching and the Serenaders with multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Karen Keawehawai‘i while creating your own crafts to take home afterward. After, indulge in some ‘ono poi, local-style potato-mac salad, lomi salmon, ‘ulu and sweet potato, kiawe-smoked kālua pig and more. RSVP to Ho‘okela at (808) 237-6196.
Kalaeokaunaʻoa (Kahuku Point) Volunteer Workday
Saturday, July 10, 9 a.m. to noon
Join the North Shore Community Land Trust to restore Kalaeokaunaʻoa, also known as Kahuku Point, the northernmost point of O‘ahu. One of the last undeveloped coastlines on the North Shore, Kahuku Point is home to a number of native plants and animals including ‘ohai, yellow-faced bees, monk seals, Laysan albatrosses, and green and hawksbill sea turtles. Take part in restoring this highly biodiverse area by removing invasive species and marine debris and planting native species. You will meet a guide on the Kahuku side of the Turtle Bay Resort parking lot, near the Paradise Helicopters helipad, at 9 a.m.; the guide will take you on a short 1-mile hike to Kalaeokaunaʻoa. Don’t forget to bring water, gloves, reef-safe sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Volunteer workdays occur the second Saturday of every month, so if you can’t make it this Saturday, mark the next one, Aug. 14, in your calendar. RSVPs are required.
I and You
July 8 to 15, 2 and 7:30 p.m. showings
It only takes one homework assignment to start a high school romance. See how Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass connects two seemingly opposite individuals in The Actors’ Group’s rendition of I and You, written by Lauren Gunderson, at the Brad Powell Theatre. Anthony, a typical popular jock, is assigned to work on an English class assignment with Caroline, a smart and sarcastic homebound girl who hasn’t been to school in months (sound familiar?). Purchase tickets here to watch how a simple poetry assignment brings these two together.
Honolulu Zoo Society’s Virtual Wildest Show in Town Concert Series
Each Wednesday on Facebook and YouTube starting July 7 at 5 p.m.
You may not smell the elephant poop (hey, that’s a good thing), but you’ll certainly get to see the animals and enjoy the fun of the zoo with Honolulu Zoo Society’s Virtual Wildest Show in Town concert series. Join Tavana next Wednesday, July 14, at 5 p.m. on Honolulu Zoo’s Facebook page and Honolulu Zoo Society’s YouTube channel for some groovy Island-inspired rock and blues. Honolulu Zoo’s animal residents will be highlighted, so hopefully you’ll see some wild cats from the savanna or maybe an American alligator or Asian elephant. The concerts are free, but the Honolulu Zoo Society is encouraging the community to support its mission in conservation through donations and concert item purchases. A portion of these proceeds will go to the Honolulu Zoo Aloha ‘Āina Conservation Fund, which supports conservation efforts locally and globally.
Windward Mall ‘Ohana Nights
Friday, July 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 10, 2 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Take the family to Windward Mall to enjoy a whole lineup of events this weekend. If you spend $100 or more in one day this weekend (which won’t be hard since special deals will be offered throughout the mall on Friday), receive a $15 restaurant gift card by brining your receipts to the redemption table in Center Court. On Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. explore the different craft vendors in the Center Court. If you are starting to get hungry, walk to the upper parking lot near Haʻikū Road where you’ll find a car show and something delicious to eat from the food trucks there, including Soul Fusion and Manang Mochi from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the Castle Complex to help students and teachers purchase school supplies. The Castle Complex will also be having a School Supply Drive in Center Court on Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here to find a list of acceptable donations including pencils, erasers, folders and more. Monetary donations are also welcome. And to end the weekend, enjoy the Sunday Farmers Market in the Center Court.