Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: October 14-20, 2020

Tune in to a one-woman comedy show set to song, show your pride with a special show, listen to stories and grab tickets for a drive-thru trick or treat.
Hawaii Opera Theatre Bon Appetit

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre


HOT Digital presents Bon Appetit! Opera in the Kitchen

Premiering Friday, October 16

If you’re a fan of Sam Choy’s In the Kitchen or find yourself binge-watching Tasty videos on YouTube, Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre’s season premiere may be a treat for you. The company has added a local spin to Bon Appetit, a humorous one-woman show based on an episode of Julia Child’s TV program, The French Chef. Sarah Lambert Connelly takes on the role of Child and the music of Lee Hoiby as she messily throws together a chocolate souffle while having a glass of wine, or two. The show is recorded in HOT’s new black box theater for a more intimate feel. Download it on-demand at HOT Digital anytime before the end of the theater’s 2020-2021 season on May 31, 2021. You don’t want to miss the end credits, which promise one more joyful dose of extreme messiness.

$15. The HOT Digital Pass, $60, gives you access to the season’s six productions and discounts on events., @HawaiiOpera


Hawaiʻi Book & Music Festival: Hawai‘i 2.0

Through November 4

The 15th annual festival devoted to the written, spoken and sung word is different from years past, and not just because the sessions are virtual. Now in partnership with UH Mānoa, the event features sessions in six categories, including innovation, sustainability and resilience, along with talks with local authors. In the next week, literary aficionados can hear from three Hawai‘i poets,  two Island authors—in a session moderated by HONOLULU contributing editor Don Wallace—seasoned local storyteller Jeff Gere and professional storytellers UH graduate Yasu Ishida and Giorgiana Elena Popan. Did we mention registration is free?

Various sessions through Nov. 4., @hawaiibookmusic on Facebook and Instagram 


SEE ALSOHawai‘i Book & Music Festival is Changing and Moving to UH Mānoa This Year

Hawaii Pride Lgbt Legacy Shaka And Shine

Illustration: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi LGBT legacy Foundation


Aloha, with Pride: Shaka and Shine

Thursday, October 15 and Sunday, October 18, 7 p.m. on KHON2; Friday, October 16, 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. on KHII

Though we can’t go down to the streets of Waikīkī to celebrate the annual Honolulu Pride Parade + Festival this year, you can tune in to watch Aloha, With Pride: Shaka and Shine, on KHON and KHII. The TV special will cover the history of LGBTQ culture in Hawaiʻi and highlight people who are making an impact now. It will also feature performances by entertainers including Keilana, who will premiere a new song, “Shaka and Shine.” Pride Month will also include a town hall meeting examining the relationship between the community and the criminal justice system, and other events.

Watch the show on KHON2 or KHII, or stream it on, @khon2news, and KHON2 News on YouTube.


Trunk-or-Treat Drive-Thru

Saturday, October 31, 5 p.m.

If you’re feeling hesitant about traditional trick-or-treating or just want a candy fix, tickets for a contactless drive-thru go on sale Friday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Cars—with no more than five people inside—can stop at 30 stations set up around the Aloha Stadium parking lot to pick up treats from businesses including Jamba Juice, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panda Express and more. Each trick-or-treater needs his or her own ticket.

$16 per person, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.,


Weekend Adventures

Empty Waikiki Katrina Valcourt Small

Photo: Katrina Valcourt


One Last Look at Empty Waikīkī

After months of seeing my friends’ eerie posts about deserted Waikīkī on social media, I finally made it down this past weekend to check it out myself before the pre-travel testing program begins tomorrow, potentially ushering in more visitors. I parked at International Market Place, ordered a black sesame kouign amann and cappuccino from Kona Coffee Purveyors and sat reading outside the shop for a while—something I’ve never done in a place that always seemed so frantic. Then I headed down to the beach in front of the Outrigger and wow. No catamarans, people with metal detectors, frisbee players or pink Royal Hawaiian umbrellas, the hallmarks of my beach days as a kid. In the water, not a single human within 50 yards of me. After a few hours of solo bliss, I went back to Kona Coffee Purveyors and picked up four more pastries for the road.—Katrina Valcourt, managing editor


Now We’re Cooking

We’ve certainly been doing our fair share of cooking. Well, my husband, Daniel, has for sure. It started with grilling meats and vegetables barbecue style, then progressed to using the smoker and making smoked meats, then the Ninja Pressure Cooker Air Fryer to make everything from chicken hekka, to lau lau, shoyu chicken, panini, sweet potato fries, frozen pizza, even rice—you name it!  We’ve also ordered takeout from countless places and box meals. Highlights would be: Ichiriki Nabe hot pot at home, great value and full of flavor, plus it was easy to make. We made pancakes with Hi Five ʻUlu waffle mix—we don’t have a waffle maker—and it was so good: amazingly crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, hearty yet fluffy. Add coconut syrup and it’s the bomb. —Olena Heu, TV host/producer