Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: July 8–14, 2020

Go to a concert (in person!), stroll down a cleaner and carless Hotel Street, learn about a Hawaiian woman in power or hike through an uncrowded garden.

Photo of the group Hapa

photo: courtesy of blue note hawai‘i


See Hapa in Person at Blue Note Hawaiʻi

Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, shows at 6 and 9 p.m.

Live concerts, oh how we’ve missed you. Blue Note Hawai‘i is celebrating its reopening with a performance by Hapa. Like everything else, the experience includes new guidelines. The biggest change is that individual tickets are not available right now. Instead, spaces are sold by tables, which seat four, six, eight or 10 people. Tickets must be printed at home and masks are required except when you’re seated at your table. And don’t try to belly up to the bar: A limited food and drink menu will be delivered to tables. Barry Flanagan and Keliʻi Kānealiʻi will perform behind a wall of Plexiglas, but they’ll still be able to hear your hana hou.

$25–$35 per person. 2355 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 777-4890,


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A Virtual Event: Kuhina Nui Kekāuluohi—Hawaiian Women, Power and Law in the Mid-19th Century

Thursday, July 9, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

She married Kamehameha I and Kamehameha II but held her own place in history as the kuhina nui, which gave Marian Kekāuluohi the authority to distribute land, negotiate treaties and deal with conflicts. Kekāuluohi, known as Kaʻahumanu III, signed the Hawaiian Constitution and had an impact on many parts of society in the mid-1800s. Learn more about her life in this free webinar sponsored by the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation.

Free. Register on 


Open Streets: Hotel Street and Kalākaua Avenue

Saturday, July 11, 5–9 p.m. in Downtown Honolulu; Sunday, July 12, 6 a.m.–noon in Waikīkī

Note: These events may be postponed dependent on the daily count of COVID-19 cases. We will keep you updated.

Get your bike, rollerblades, skateboard or just walking shoes: The city’s Open Streets program is expanding. Saturday evening, Hotel Street will be closed to buses and cars between River Street and Nuʻuanu Avenue. Stroll along the newly pressure-washed and disinfected sidewalks to have dinner, perhaps at the new outside tables bordered by planters at Fête or in courtyards at Encore, Tchin Tchin! and O’Kims. Kalākaua Avenue will continue its traffic-free Sunday mornings through July.


Lyon Arboretum

Open now

Back in the day (and we mean back in March) finding parking in Lyon Arboretum’s small lot was always a challenge. Now, with new COVID-19 guidelines in place, we’re betting it’ll be easier than ever to stop by the 193.5-acre botanical garden. Walk the well-marked paths to the rain-fed waterfall, pause at the lily pond in an Asian-inspired memorial garden, and take a small hike around giant trees, a spice garden and a kalo field. Then walk some more, past a statue of Buddha up to Inspiration Point with its panoramic view of the mountains. Reservations are required for two-hour visits at Lyon Arboretum’s Eventbrite page.

Free. 3860 Mānoa Road, (808) 988-0456,


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More Events

Sean Naʻauao & The Poi Pounders Livestream Benefit Concert

July 9, 3–5 p.m.

Here’s an excuse to pau hana early. The Hawaiʻi Theatre has not yet announced when it will reopen, but you can donate to it and enjoy some of the state’s best musicians every week live on Facebook, YouTube or the Hawaiian Music Live’s website.


Virtually Live: Kapena

July 11, 6 p.m.

Tune in for a live performance of this family group broadcast on the Facebook pages of Hawaiʻi Public Radio, Hawaiʻi News Now and Blue Note Hawaiʻi. Tips are accepted via Venmo. 


Mixology for the Home Bartender

July 10, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

It’s what we need after mixing it up at home for the past four months. Go in person for the tequila tasting then learn how to make a Tequila Sunrise. If you don’t get one of the six open slots, make a virtual appearance by buying your own ingredients and joining the workshop online.

$5 virtual, $30 in person. Hub Coworking Hawai‘i, 1050 Queen St., Suite 100, (808) 664-3306, tickets available at Eventbrite.


Pechakucha Honolulu (Virtual)

July 15–28

In the virtual world, the 20 slides, 20 seconds each format of this popular way to share ideas will change. Log in to watch one presentation a day for 13 days all centered around the theme of Earth.

Free. Watch on Hawaiʻi State Art Museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.