Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: June 3–10, 2020

Contemplate the work of African American artists and pack your mask to visit baby lemurs, go for a swim or pick up a new free read.

Triple Portrait of Charles I painting

Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977). Triple Portrait of Charles I, 2007. Oil and enamel on canvas. 
Courtesy of Rubell Museum, Miami. © Kehinde Wiley.


Tour an Exhibit

It’s been an unsettling week across the U.S., making the voices in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s current exhibit, 30 Americans, more important than ever. While it is closed, the museum has posted a virtual tour of the collection of pieces by African American artists examining the concept of race and identity. Seventeen one-minute videos give you a closer look at some of the paintings, photographs and sculptures. Create a quiet space, click here and dive in.


SEE ALSO: Hawai‘i Artists Donate Proceeds From Sales to Black Lives Matter Initiatives

Nanakuli Library Shelves

Nānākuli Public Library
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Borrow a Book

Yes, Hawaiʻi libraries are open for business—takeout business, that is. Go online to find your next great read and put it on hold at your neighborhood branch. Once it’s ready, make an appointment to pick up new titles, DVDs or CDs to refresh that home collection that’s likely gone stale over the past couple of months. Need a suggestion? We have more than 60. See some of our book picks on

Start reserving books here


SEE ALSO: Check It Out: Hawai‘i’s Public Library System Offers Way More Than Just Books

Baby lemurs at the Honolulu Zoo

photo: david croxford


Visit the Animals

Reopens Friday, June 5, 10 a.m.

The Keiki Zoo is closed, the playground is off-limits and everyone will be asked to keep their distance. But new coronavirus-related rules could lend a sense of calm to the reopening of the Honolulu Zoo. Bring your mask and pay attention to the new directional signs as you visit the twin baby lemurs and baby giraffes, all of which arrived while the gates were closed. Before heading there, check the zoo’s website for new hours of operation. It will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

151 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 926-3191, 


SEE ALSO: These O‘ahu Restaurants are Reopening for Dine-In on Frolic Hawai‘i

McCully Public Pool

photo: martha cheng


Swim Laps

Reopens Friday, June 5

You can jump into city pools starting Friday (Pearl City, Waialua and Waipahu pools remain closed for maintenance). Swimmers will be allowed in for laps on a first come, first served basis and each person will be limited to 60 minutes. If you’re jumping in for the first time, here are eight pools we visited for last year’s Best of HONOLULU. Our favorite, by the way, featured a great view of the mountains. Click here for the full list of pools, hours and phone numbers

  Life Interrupted


Life Interrupted: Youth

Thursday, June 4, 1 p.m.

The suddenly changing world threw all of us for a loop, including our kids. This week, HONOLULU Magazine’s free webinar series, Life Interrupted, focuses on helping parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and anyone else with children in their lives in this uncertain time. This 60-minute talk story session with local experts will provide tips and strategies to give us all a boost. Click here to RSVP


More Events

HiSAM from Home: Online Art Workshop

Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m.

This weeks free online workshop on Zoom will feature painting with local artist Derick Fabian.


Restaurants Open Dining Rooms

Allowed starting Friday, June 5

See a list of more than 100 restaurants that are reopening on


Waimea Valley Reopens and Plant Sale

Friday, June 5, gates open at 10 a.m. Sale is Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. to noon.

59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleʻiwa. (808) 638-7766,


HiSAM Free Online Concert

Friday, June 5, 6 p.m.

Local singer and songwriter Keilana will take over HiSAM’s Instagram account for a live one-hour concert.