Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: May 17–20, 2019

Join a relay race, shop baby gear and learn how to play Hawaiian checkers.

2019 Honolulu Ekiden & Music

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Honolulu Ekiden & Music

Sunday, May 19, at 5:30 a.m.

Marathoners in training, listen up: For the first year ever, the Honolulu Ekiden—a long-distance relay race inspired by an old Japanese tradition—is open to single runners. Whether you plan to run alone or relay-style with a group (a minimum of two and max of six people are allowed per team), the 26.2-mile course takes participants on a scenic route through East Honolulu, ending with an awards ceremony and live entertainment at the Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand.

$60–$199, Kapiʻolani Park, 3840 Pākī Ave. For more information, go here.

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New Baby Expo

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

Honolulu’s one-stop shop for all things baby is back this weekend at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The event will feature dozens of vendors offering products for mom and child, educational talks with featured speakers and plenty of giveaways, plus its annual baby crawling contest and a baby shower for all of Hawai‘i’s expecting parents. Magic by Jolly Josh the Magician and costumed character appearances will keep the keiki occupied while you shop.

$5.50 per day, free for ages 5 and younger. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. For more information, go here.


Artist Talk: Marian Bijlenga
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Artist Talk: Marian Bijlenga

Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m.

The award-winning Dutch contemporary artist kicks off the opening of her new exhibition, Constellation—drawing in space, with a talk story session at the Honolulu Museum of Art. On Saturday, she’ll share the inspiration and technique behind her use of thread and other lightweight materials in the spatial drawings featured in the collection. The event is free (with museum admission) but does require an RSVP.

Free with museum admission, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. For more information and to RSVP, go here.


Pa‘akai Marketplace

Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18

Pa‘akai Marketplace, hosted at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, is a free monthly event showcasing local artists, artisans and Hawaiian culture. This weekend, guests will have the opportunity to learn how to play kōnane (Hawaiian checkers) and Hulo (a Scrabble-style Hawaiian board game), and enjoy live music by Moon Kahele, Jai Rodgers and more. Paid workshops in watercolor painting, Ni‘ihau shell jewelry making, kapa printing and lauhala fan weaving will also be offered.

Free admission, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi St. For more information and to register for workshops, go here.


Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Night at Impact Hub HNL

Saturday, May 18  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

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West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre Presents the Comedic Ballet “Coppélia”

Saturday, May 18  |  5 to 8:45 p.m.

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Summer Makers Market at Inspiration Interiors

Saturday, May 18  |  11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Paint and Sip at Deck

Sunday, May 19  |  4 to 6 p.m.

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Pairings Wine Dinner at the Beachhouse at the Moana

Friday, May 17  |  6 to 8 p.m.

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Adrift Sustainable Mobile Workshop at The Surfjack

Sunday, May 19  |  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Kailua Night Market

Saturday, May 18  |  5 to 9 p.m.

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Spyro Gyra Live at Blue Note Hawai‘i

Friday, May 17 to  Sunday, May 19 |  6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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Demo Dinner Series With Local I‘a

Monday, May 20  |  6:30 p.m.

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Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.


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