Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: June 24–30, 2020

Go to a drive-in concert, watch an award-winning Korean film and stroll down Kalākaua Avenue without cars.

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Bishop Museum Reopens

Friday, June 26

After months of closure, Bishop Museum reopens on Friday with a new outdoor museum experience that will give visitors the opportunity to learn, play and enjoy being outdoors on the museum’s 15-acre campus. From now through July, the theme will be “Nā Mea Ola,” or “Health and Wellness,” and experiences will include learning about healing properties of plants and how food can affect your physical and mental well-being. (Yes, the indoor exhibits will also be open, including Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaiʻi, which has been extended through March 28, 2021.) The museum will offer free admission for keiki, kamaʻāina and military families through July 5. You must wear a face mask to get in.

For more info, visit here.


Kapolei Commons Drive-In Concert Series

Friday, June 26, 6 to 7:45 p.m.

First, Kapolei Commons hosted a drive-in movie night. This Friday, the retail complex is launching the first of three drive-in concerts, presented by Farmers Insurance Hawaiʻi. This first concert features Grammy-nominated Josh Tatofi and trio Ei Nei. Gates to the parking area—on the west side of TJ Maxx—open at 5 p.m., with performances beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per vehicle. Outside food and alcohol is not permitted, but restaurants—DB Grill, Mad Bene, La Tour Café, Young’s Fish Market—will be offering takeout.

For more info, including social distancing guidelines, visit here.



HIFF Virtual Cinema: House of Hummingbird

Starts June 26

Watch this critically acclaimed coming-of-age film that follows a neglected teen growing up in South Korea in the mid-’90s—loosely inspired by writer-director Bora Kim’s own adolescence. The film was awarded Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2019 and Grand Prix for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+ Category) at Berlinale, Berlin’s international film festival. It recently beat out Parasite to win Best Film at the Korean Film Producers Association Awards. HIFF will be hosting a Q&A with Kim via Zoom and Facebook Live at 4 p.m. HST on Saturday, June 27.

For more info, visit here.


Life Interrupted: Home

Thursday, June 25, 1 p.m.

With so many of us quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of “home” may have shifted. Suddenly, our houses and apartments became offices, classrooms and restaurants, with everyone fighting over internet bandwidth and personal space. For those who live alone, it may have felt isolating and lonely. In HONOLULU’s final Life Interrupted panel, experts will share their advice and tips for people who are struggling with this new definition of home. HONOLULU Magazine editor-at-large Robbie Dingeman moderates.

Register for the free webinar here. Watch past panel discussions here.


car free kalakaua ave

Kalākaua Avenue Open Street Sundays
Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Bicycling League


More Events

Kalākaua Avenue Open Street Sundays

Sunday, June 28, 6 a.m. to noon

Stroll, bike or scooter through Waikīkī along Kalākaua Avenue—sans vehicles—in this event organized by the Hawaiʻi Bicycling League.


11th annual Hot Pursuit at Home

Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Solve clues and tackle engaging physical challenges in a virtual setting—while raising money to support Navian Hawaiʻi (formerly Hospice Hawaiʻi).

To register, visit here. 


Mālie Sundays at Waiwai Collective

Sunday, June 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Spend Sunday afternoon listening to the nostalgic music of Hawaiian Style Band at this free virtual concert on Facebook Live.


Waikīkī Aquarium Reopens

Monday, June 29

Buy tickets online in advance and wear a face mask to get in.


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