Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: June 23–29, 2021
Support the arts this weekend by visiting local galleries and listening to talented young singers. Plus, fuel up with delicious food from locally owned food trucks to celebrate National Food Truck Day.
Visit the Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery Hawai‘i
Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There’s no need to travel to the MoMA in New York or the Louvre in France to see the works of Dalí, Chagall and Renoir. Instead, head down to Waikīkī Beach Walk’s newly unveiled Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery. Nearly 1,000 works will be shown every day across the 3,000-square-foot gallery. Visit this weekend to see the exhibition From Renoir to Kostabi, which has toured museums across the United States and will be in Honolulu until Oct. 1. From Renoir to Kostabi features selected works by six esteemed artists from the late 19th to the 21st centuries, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. Participate in the gallery’s “Guess the Price” game for a chance to win a free, framed piece of art. Park West will also be offering weekly seminars and tours. To celebrate its opening, Park West is offering anyone who visits a free unframed 8-by-11-inch piece of artwork and a complimentary cocktail (21 and over). If you’re looking to own a Chagall, you’re in luck: New visitors receive a $500 credit that can be used at the gallery. There is also a kama‘āina discount of 15% off any purchase or a buyer’s credit of $250 (whichever is greater).
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Emerging Artists Tiara Gomes and Dillon Pakele
Saturday, June 26, 4 to 6 p.m.
Grab dinner from ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace and head over to Victoria Ward Park to enjoy the cool trade winds under the palms as you listen to live music from Haku Keiki’s Tiara Gomes and Dillon Pakele. Haku Keiki is a collection of young Hawaiian artists under the Haku Collective label, and their album Children of the Sea (Nā Kama Kai) is available on all digital platforms. Gomes was born and raised in Waimānalo and her debut single, “Hurricane,” features local Island reggae group Maoli. She recently placed first in a music contest organized by the nonprofit Mana Maoli. A Kapolei resident, Pakele is currently studying music business in Honolulu Community College’s Music Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program. His debut single “Forgive Me” featuring Fiji is available on digital platforms including YouTube, Apple Music and SoundCloud.
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Food Truck Friday!
Friday, June 25, 4 to 9 p.m.
After a tiring week at work, bring your family or friends and explore the different food trucks, snack and baked goods booths, and retail vendors at this event celebrating National Food Truck Day. Keep your ears perked up through the Hawaiian music for free giveaways and enter to win a Nintendo Switch Lite. Stop by Blue Truck Teppanyaki for some teppanyaki with house-made teriyaki sauce, and refresh with Filipino inspired boba from Sama Sama. For dessert check out Staci Mae’s for locally sourced and organically grown fruit sorbets and sweet treats such as Oreo Rice Krispies cereal bars and ube crinkle cookies. A portion of proceeds from each vendor will benefit the Military Association of Hawai‘i.
Dispatches from ‘Oumuamua: New Research on a Mysterious Visitor from Outside Our Solar System
Friday, June 25, 1 to 2 p.m.
Do aliens exist? Join the University of Hawai‘i Institute for Astronomy’s Karen Meech to learn about new research on ‘Oumuamua. Originally discovered in 2017, ‘Oumuamua is a rapidly rotating object from another solar system. Initially thought to be an asteroid or comet, its unusual appearance, composition and trajectory continues to puzzle researchers and has led some people to believe it could be an alien spacecraft. Hear Meech’s perspective virtually on Friday.
2021 Sunflower Drive-Thru Event
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through July 21
It’s time for the annual summer rush of sunflower posts on Instagram. Post yours first this weekend when you visit Waimānalo Country Farms’ sunflower drive-thru event. You may not be able to wander anywhere you want through the fields, but dress up with your friends and carpool together for a drive along a path that leads to scenic stops for those Instagram-worthy photos. It’s not required but reservations are strongly encouraged. Check out the new “Hello Summer” doorway we spotted on Instagram. Make sure to bring some cash if you go on the weekends to get a low country boil and corn on the cob to go.
$10.84 per person 3 years and older when paying with a credit card, $10 cash, reservation highly recommended, Waimānalo Country Farms, 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo, waimanalocountryfarms.com, @waimanalocountryfarms
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Hawai‘i for Real by Dana Paresa
Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through July 19
With the end of the pandemic in sight as more Hawai‘i residents are being vaccinated each day, visit Arts & Letters Nu‘uanu’s latest exhibit to reflect on the struggles many of us endured during the past year and a half. In the midst of the pandemic, Hawai‘i-born artist Dana Paresa was astonished to see an advertisement on her social media feed encouraging people to visit Hawai‘i, the most geographically isolated archipelago in the world. The exhibit, Hawai‘i for Real, whose title was borrowed from this specific travel advertisement, is a collection of 77 graphic novel-style pencil drawings capturing Paresa’s anger with the exploitative tourism industry, capitalism and her own personal trials during the pandemic.
Arts & Letters Nu‘uanu 1164 Nu‘uanu Ave., artsandlettersnuuanu.org
Plant Sale at Waimea Valley
Every Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
For all the plant moms and dads, be sure to check out Waimea Valley’s private nursery for hand-selected and propagated plants from this botanical garden. If you’re looking for something fragrant, the night-blooming jasmine may be the way to go. Or if you need something extra to enhance that corner in your house that gets partial sunlight, the purple velvet plant grows perfectly in a hanging basket. All proceeds from the plant sale go to the Waimea Valley Botanical department to continue its efforts in conservation and native planting. While you’re at Waimea Valley, check out its cultural sites such as Kauhale Kahiko, which is a reconstructed traditional home of a high-ranking chief or priest.
New Kūhiō Avenue Food Hall at International Market Place
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Venture into Waikīkī to visit the recently opened Kūhiō Avenue Food Hall, located on Level 1 of International Market Place where The Street Food Hall by Michael Mina used to be. Stop for lunch at Banzai Burger for some summertime classics such as hot dogs, onion rings, ice cream milkshakes and more. Or enjoy some tasty Mexican food with a margarita at La Piña Cantina. Visit between 2 and 5 p.m. for daily happy hour specials or on Tuesdays to celebrate Taco Tuesday with specials.
International Market Place, 2330 Kalākaua Ave., @kuhioavefoodhall