Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: March 24–30, 2021
Celebrate the 150th birthday of Prince Kūhiō, get hoppin’ on Easter plans—on the town or at home—and watch a film about a Maui woman who changed the world, especially for women.
RiseUp Live Presents Tavana
Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.
Looking for some island-inspired rock and blues? Honolulu guitarist Tavana will perform at HB Social Club (formerly Hawaiian Brian’s). He’ll have new tracks from his latest EP, Just Be You, and his fifth album, Sway, released in September, with opening set by Matt Krahula.
Prince Kūhiō State Holiday
Friday, March 26
The 150th birthday of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole is Friday, March 26. Known as Ke Ali‘i Maka‘āinana, or the people’s prince, Kūhi‘ō was also a longtime delegate to the U.S. Congress. State and city offices will be closed on his birthday—a state holiday—but federal offices will be open.
Makers & Mākeke
Saturday, March 27, 3–8 p.m.
The Waiwai Collective hosts Makers & Mākeke in Mōʻiliʻili. Stop by to support a lineup of local makers, creatives and chefs with the added attraction of a bilingual ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English event. Whether you are brand-new to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi or a fluent speaker, the market—with art, jewelry, home décor, musicians and more—offers a chance to shop, mingle, learn, practice and contribute to the normalization of ʻōlelo ʻōiwi in community spaces.
1110 University Ave., waiwaicollective.com
Virtual Screening of Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
Tuesday, March 30, 5–6:30 p.m.
Learn more about Maui’s own political and legal trailblazer Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress (first elected in 1965), and her lifelong battles with racism and sexism. Historic Hawai‘i Foundation holds an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary, along with a Q&A with filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford. Proceeds go to support the foundation and Making Waves Films.
$5, on Zoom; for tickets, click here.
PLAN for Easter out or takeout
With more optimism in the air, people seem to be planning small-scale celebrations again. If you’re planning to celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 4, or at least think about brunch, we’ve got the master list for finding the celebration that suits your situation so you can make that reservation. Click below for Frolicʻs list of restaurants offering Easter specials.
CELEBRATE Easter at Home
We’ve got eggs-actly what you need this spring: our tip sheet on where to buy local eggs straight from the farms. We suggest calling ahead to double-check availability and hours before you go.
LISTEN to Soul Music
Soulful singer DeAndre Brackensick returns to Blue Note Hawai‘i in Waikīkī to perform two nights of new originals and closes out the month, March 29-30, with shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. At 16, Brackensick hit the national stage as a finalist on American Idol, season 11. His falsetto landed him in the top eight, and he’s been touring and performing since. Now 26, Brackensick resides in New York and sold out his recent “Black Denim” album tour across the United States and London.
$25–$35, 2355 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotehawaii.com
WATCH for Brighter Days
Sunday, April 18, 6 p.m.
Get tickets early for the latest production from I’m a Bright Kid Foundation, a virtual event scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the Hawai‘i Theatre Center. The organization honors iconic educator/performing arts teacher Ron Bright and has put together a livestream showcase of works from some of the many talented performers and students who have come through this stellar performing arts program. Suggested donation is $5. Click here for more info.
CATCH Last Shout
Diamond Head Theatre’ʻs first show of 2021, Shout! The Mod Musical, wraps an upbeat run that rocks its way through pandemic precautions. We hear that “To Sir with Love “brings tears of joy. Catch shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27. All other shows sold out.
$22, 520 Makapu‘u Ave., (808) 733-0274, diamondheadtheatre.com