Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: June 22–24, 2018

Bon dance under the chochin (lantern) light, head to Chinatown for a taco bar crawl and get a free ‘uke lesson.

Obon season is in full swing, which means it’s time to dance! Use our guide to bon dances happening around the Islands this summer to plan your festivities. Plus, celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2.0 with a daytime taco bar crawl, chill to reggae and jam out with a YouTube ‘ukulele sensation.


2018 Summer Bon Dance Schedule
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Summer 2018 Bon Dance Schedule

Now through Sept. 15

Obon season is here, so bust out your uchiwa (paddle-shape hand fan), don your yukata and start practicing your moves. Steeped in Buddhist tradition, bon dancing has become a cultural event in Hawai‘i to commemorate ancestors, celebrate community and spend time with family, with events held at different Buddhist temples until mid-September. Use our guide to 2018’s bon dance season to plan your summer dancing in the lantern light.


Leilani Wolfgramm

Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

The Orlando, Florida, native with Tongan roots first started performing alongside her brothers, Zech and Nasur, in the reggae band Hor!zen. As a solo artist, she’s graced stages with big reggae names such as Sublime with Rome, SOJA, The Green and Common Kings. Wolfgramm brings her chill vibes to The Republik this Friday.

$23, The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., Suite 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


‘Uke Social with Cynthia Lin
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‘Uke Social with Cynthia Lin

Saturday, June 23, 4 to 6 p.m.

Itching to learn to play the jumping flea? Then this special Saturday event is just what you’ve been waiting for. Currently on tour nationwide promoting her new album, ‘Ukulele Days, YouTube ‘uke sensation Cynthia Lin makes a stop in Honolulu this weekend for a free performance and lesson in the Salt barn area. Lin has been sharing her love for the instrument on YouTube since 2009. Her videos, which include covers and easy-to-follow tutorials, have garnered more than 20 million views to date.

Free, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi St., Barn Area. For more information, go here.


Taco Bar Crawl

Saturday, June 23, noon to 6 p.m.

Want to taco ’bout it? Crawl4Tacos is bringing the best parts of Cinco de Mayo (tacos, margaritas and dancing) to Downtown in the form of a daytime bar crawl this Saturday. Tickets are $25 each and include three complimentary tacos at NextDoor, admission into four participating Chinatown bars and exclusive drink specials. The crawl begins at noon with festivities ending at 6 p.m., meaning you can get your party on without sacrificing a minute of precious beauty sleep.

$25, 21 and older only. Various bars throughout Chinatown. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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