Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Oct. 6–7, 2018

Carb up on Italian eats, head to a powwow plus more ways to spend your days off.

Festa Italiana Hawai‘i

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Festa Italiana Hawai‘i

Saturday, Oct. 6, 4 to 10 p.m.

Pizza, pasta, wine, cheese, bread, gelato—if there’s one country that’s won the culinary jackpot, it’s Italy. Back for a second year, Festa Italiana Hawai‘i offers Islanders an opportunity to taste the many flavors of Italy in one extraordinary evening. Head to the vibrant Kaka‘ako district to experience authentic culinary delights from local food vendors, a selection of libations with a wine and beer garden, live entertainment and Italian-inspired photo ops. Opt for a VIP package, which starts at $110, for a full fine-dining experience with dishes from Arancino at The Kāhala, Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Il Gelato Hawai‘i and more.

Free admission, along Cooke Street in Kaka‘ako. For more information and to purchase VIP tickets, go here.


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Festa Italiana in Honolulu


Hawai‘i Children & Youth Day

Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October is Children and Youth Month in Hawai‘i. Each year, the first Sunday of October is dedicated to Children & Youth Day, an opportunity for Hawai‘i to honor the special qualities and contributions our keiki and youth bring to the world. The event is jam-packed with more than 200 family-friendly activities, including: fun runs, hands-on learning activities for every age, keiki games, financial tips for families, free admission to ‘Iolani Palace and lots more. Free parking will be available at state and city parking lots, Central Middle School and Central Pacific Bank at the corner of King and Alakea streets.

Free admission, Hawai‘i State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St. For more information, go here.

  Honolulu Intertribal Powwow

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Honolulu Intertribal Powwow

Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7

In October of 1974, a small group of Native American friends started the first-ever Honolulu Intertribal Powwow to celebrate their native culture. Despite some leadership and administrative changes in recent years, and thanks to the support of local Native Americans and Alaskan Natives volunteers, this tradition has persevered. This weekend, the public is invited to join in on this cultural celebration and experience special performances in song and dance. Guests will also have the opportunity to try fry bread, a traditional Navajo staple, as well as fry bread burgers, a brand-new offering that sounds right up our alley.

Free admission, Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, go here.



Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m.

If you like reggae, this concert should be No. 1 on your list of things to do this weekend. The California reggae force known as Rebelution has been going strong in the music scene for 14 years and shows no signs of slowing down. The four band members stop in Honolulu this weekend while on tour for their sixth studio album, Free Rein, for a live performance complemented by guest musical talents Tribal Seeds and Hirie.

$29.50–$79.50, Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.



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


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