Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: March 2–8, 2022
Celebrate Girls Day with delicious treats, be enchanted by Shangri La Museum’s latest virtual exhibit, learn about Polynesian voyaging traditions through fun water activities and take a culinary tour of the Mediterranean.
Various dates and times
If you forgot what this Japanese holiday on March 3 honors, let us remind you with one of our favorite Beyoncé lyrics: Who run the world? Girls! Celebrate the current and future boss babes in your life with a sweet treat or two (or three!) from local shops and eateries. Head online to order truffles from Chocolate Le‘a; a charcuterie set from Fig & Ginger Honolulu, complete with an adorable sakura sugar cookie; or one of We Heart Cake Co.’s cherry blossom-themed cupcake or cookie sets.
Order online for in-store pick-up at chocolea.com and weheartcakecompany.com. Fig & Ginger can be ordered online for in-store pick-up at fghonolulu.com, and will also be available via pop-up at Anthropologie, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., on Thursday, March 3. @chocoleahawaii, @weheartcakecompany, @fig.gingerhonolulu
Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s Paradise Plunge Fundraiser
Registration is open now, submissions are due Sunday, April 24
Make a splash while showing your support for Special Olympics Hawai‘i by participating in the organization’s third annual Paradise Plunge Fundraiser. Along with raising funds, participants are asked to submit a photo or video of themselves performing a water activity, which will become part of a fun 2022 Paradise Plunge compilation video that can later be shared with supporters. Those who raise enough for a $100 donation will receive a Paradise Plunge shirt. Plungers who raise $250, $500, $1,000 or more will be eligible for additional gifts. Raise $1,500 or more and you could be invited to an exclusive Plunge Party two-hour cruise on a 50-foot catamaran.
Hawaiian Soul Showing and Discussion
Friday, March 4, 5 p.m.
Sister stores Nā Mea Hawai‘i and Native Books hosts a screening of Hawaiian Soul, the award-winning bio-pic honoring musician-activist George Helm that’s been wowing festival audiences and critics around the world. Stick around post-showing for a discussion with filmmaker ‘Āīna Paikai and guest Raiatea Helm. A ticket purchase also rates you a complimentary copy of the book Ho‘iho‘i Hou: A Tribute to George Helm and Kimo Mitchell, which features a collection of photos, poems, artwork, articles and song lyrics.
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Shangri La Museum’s #8×8 Virtual Exhibition
Through March 26
The museum tasked eight visual artists and eight performing artists living in the Islands with creating new work responding to the theme of connection at Shangri La. Each shares one of eight museum spaces at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design to use as a creative prompt and exhibition area. Their arresting pieces vary widely, from Ualani Davis’ quilts crafted from deconstructed face masks and Kenyatta Kelechi’s wet-plate photography to performances by Izik and taiko master Kenny Endo, each as intriguing as the next.
12th Annual Kualoa/Hakipu‘u Canoe Festival
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After being canceled in 2020 and going virtual in 2021, the Kulaoa/Hakipu‘u Canoe Festival finally returns live to Kualoa Regional Park. Hosted by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreations, the immersive Hawaiian cultural experience invites oceangoers of all skill levels to experience Polynesian voyaging traditions via a variety of activities, including paddling, sailing, navigation lessons and more. Plus, this year’s festival pays tribute to leading wāhine wayfinders within the voyaging community with special addresses by Hōkūle‘a navigator Ka‘iulani Murphy and apprentice navigator Bonny Kahapea-Tanner.
Free, Kualoa Regiona Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, @honolulu_parks
Mānoa Valley Theatre Studio Classes
Registration open now, various dates and times
Whether you want to be in front of audiences or behind the scenes, Mānoa Valley Theatre’s new MVT Studio can help you explore your potential in the local theater community. Register now to learn about acting for the theater, brush up on your heightened language techniques or pick up audition tips from Julia Ogilvie, who designed the program. Participants can also delve into set design, lighting design and sound design in Intro to Technical Theatre. The first class (on Shakespeare) begins Sunday, March 6.
Saturday, March 5, 6 p.m.
Stop here for good vibes. North Shore-raised reggae musician and pro big wave surfer Landon McNamara will perform at The Republik, accompanied by special guest Tavana.
Virtual Mediterranean Cooking Lessons
Every Thursday in March, 5 p.m.
If you’re like us, you’ve been hitting up your standby recipes pretty hard throughout the pandemic. Shake things up by adding a little Mediterranean fare to the rotation courtesy of chef Daniel Swift of Windward Community College’s ‘Uala Leaf Café. Every Thursday in March, Swift will host online cooking webinars highlighting ono healthy dishes from the region that you can whip up in 30 minutes or less. On the menu: Italian risotto, Spanish paella, Moroccan chicken and Spanish and Portuguese calamari. Up first on Thursday, March 3, is a French cassoulet.