Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: May 12–18, 2021

Continue celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with art, legendary local musicians, film screenings and more.


Pow Wow Bishop Museum

Photo: Courtesy of Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i



Pow! Wow! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World presented by Hawaiian Airlines

Opens Saturday, May 15 and runs through September 19

Ten years ago, the first Pow! Wow! splashed some color on the walls of Kaka‘ako. Since then, it’s become an annual festival that has spread as far as the Netherlands, Italy, South Korea and Israel. Though the pandemic put a halt to this year’s events, directors Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar, along with director of operations Jeffrey Gress and Thinkspace Gallery director Andrew Hosner, partnered with Bishop Museum for an exhibition celebrating the art and artists who made Pow! Wow! more than just a street art festival. See large and small original works, installations and sculptures across the museum. This Saturday, come for a Secret Walls artist battle, music from the Boom Bap Kids, a break-dancing showcase by The Lucky Kids and food from Tails Up Hawai‘i at Bishop Museum’s special After Hours event from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s $20 for kamaʻāina; reservations are recommended.


Regular admission is $24.95, 1525 Bernice St.,, @powwowworldwide


SEE ALSO: 2020 Marks 10 Years of Pow! Wow!, the Now-Global Street-Art Festival That Originated in Hawai‘i




Henry Kapono’s Artist 2 Artist Concert Series: Henry Kapono Foundation Edition

Thursday, May 13, with Brother Noland, and Tuesday, May 18, with The Mākaha Sons, shows at 6 p.m.

The series continues this week with two legendary guest artists. On Thursday, Brother Noland, who put out his first album more than 40 years ago, takes the stage after an opening set by singer-songwriter Lucie Lynch. On Tuesday, The Mākaha Sons perform, preceded by Mike Tulba (yes, comedian and city councilmember Augie T’s brother). Either watch in person at Blue Note Hawai‘i (doors open at 4:30 p.m. and only booths for four people are currently available) or catch the livestream, which will be available online for one week, for $20.


$35, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii



Pacific Islanders in Communications 30th Anniversary

Films available through May 31

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month coincides with PIC’s 30th anniversary of championing indigenous voices, preserving traditions, inspiring change and empowering future generations to tell their stories. Honor the work of these filmmakers by tuning in to the Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase through May 31 (free), or CAAMFest 2021 ($10 per screening), May 13 through 23. Films in the Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase include Kapaemahu and Kumu Hina, along with stories about hula, achieving higher education in the Micronesian community, the development of Rapa Nui, creating a new Chamoru chant during the pandemic and more. CAAMFest (which stands for Center for Asian American Media) features stories of spirits from Chamorro mythology, protecting Kaho‘olawe, the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest and more., @picpacific


SEE ALSO: It’s Raining Hawai‘i Films in Hollywood



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‘Iolani Palace on Google Arts & Culture

Now available online

We’re big fans of ‘Iolani Palace’s White Glove Tour, where you can get up close and personal with some never-before-displayed artifacts. But if that’s out of reach, try the next best thing: exploring Google Arts & Culture’s new collection of cultural resources at the palace. Check out items such as royal orders and letters, in ultra-high resolution, as well as an exhibit of King Kalākaua’s 1881 World Tour, all for free online., @iolanipalacehi


SEE ALSO: ‘Iolani Palace’s New Tour Provides a Behind-the-Ropes Look at Rooms and Collection You Won’t See on Display


Other Ideas

Manoa Valley Theatre Tiny Beautiful Things

Photo: Courtesy of Mānoa Valley Theatre



Tiny Beautiful Things

Through May 23

Mānoa Valley Theatre’s latest play comes from the mind of Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of the memoir Wild, who for two years anonymously wrote The Rumpus’ “Dear Sugar” advice column. The self-help book turned dramatic comedy may be just what we all need right now. Shows are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

$22–$40, 2833 E. Mānoa Road,, @manoavalleytheatre



Lionel Boy

Available on May 14

The self-titled debut album from Lionel Boy, raised on O‘ahu and now living in Long Beach, California, comes out this week after the recent release of the single “Kam Highway” (above). His take on mellow pop makes us long for days without traffic, when we can put this song on repeat and cruise around the North Shore.


Click here to preorder or pre-save the album


Homa Family Sunday

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art



Family Sunday: All About the Pua

Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While most of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Family Sunday programs are still virtual (including a paper flowers workshop and storytime live at, admission to the museum is free for kamaʻāina all day. Visitors can go on self-guided gallery hunts or check out Regrow, the latest part of HoMA’s Joyful Return exhibit, opening this Friday. Admission is also free for kamaʻāina on Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m.


900 S. Beretania St.,, @honolulumuseum


Mochi Cake2 Sheldon Simeon Photo Stacey Makiya

Photo: Stacey Makiya



Cook Real Hawai‘i by Sheldon Simeon and Garrett Snyder

Available now

The HONOLULU team tried nine recipes from the most heralded chef in Hawai‘i’s new cookbook, and we were impressed both by how approachable and how delicious the dishes were. Whether you want to try your hand at pork belly adobo, Filipino okra salad or chocolate birthday cake butter mochi, read about our experiences first on Frolic Hawai‘i, then pick up a copy of the book for yourself.


$35 from Penguin Random House,


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