Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: October 20–26, 2021

It’s a full moon tonight. Whether that makes you scream, laugh or howl, we know just where to do it.


Weekend Picks Canstruction Credit Courtesy Aia Honolulu

One of the entrants in last year’s competition. Photo: Courtesy of AIA Honolulu



Vote for Your Favorite CANstruction

Now through Saturday, Oct. 23

It’s not often we see cans of food in artful displays in the grocery store, but it is an annual occurrence for the folks of the American Institute of Architects, Honolulu chapter, to bring together teams of architects and designers to show off their best works to benefit the Hawai‘i Foodbank. For the 16th annual edition, stop by Kāhala Mall this week and spend a dollar to vote for your favorite entry that fits the theme “bright days ahead.” The top vote-getter will be crowned the People’s Choice Award winner. Will it be the giant shave ice sculpture? The puppy? If you can’t make it in person, no worries: Pictures of all the eligible entries are up at with instructions on how to vote virtually.


Between Macy’s, Champs and the Bank of Hawai‘i kiosk, 4211 Wai‘alae Ave.,, @aiahonolulu



Flick-or-Treat Drive-In Movies

Thursday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 23

Sure, you can watch Halloween movies any time of year, but they’re just better at night under the stars in October. Come to Holy Nativity’s Osco Field (next to the thrift shop) in your best costume for screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas (Thursday at 5:45 p.m.) and Hocus Pocus (Thursday at 7:30, Friday at 7:45 and Saturday at 7:45). Feel free to pack some pals into your truck bed or open hatchback, but no motorcycles or mopeds allowed at this drive-in. You’ll need a working FM radio tuned to 98.9 and a mask if you plan to head out of your car to the restroom. Gates open 45 minutes before the screening, so come early for a good spot and to order snacks online. Tickets to each screening of Coco and the rest of Holy Nativity’s pumpkin festival are sold out, so be sure to get tickets online as soon as possible.


$30 per vehicle, 5286 Kalanianaʻole Highway, click here for more info, @holynativityschool



Hawai‘i Comedy Festival

Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23

The seventh annual laugh fest is a go! Come by Friday night for Two Scoops Funny, a variety show featuring stand-up by Jasmine Bautista, music by Jolene, musical comedy by Sean Choo, and videos by Allyn Pintal, Charles Rojas, Jordan Savusa and Kimee Balmilero, who does double duty as part of the event host group, Boyz II Badd. One of Saturday’s shows is already sold out, but come to the late show at 9:45 p.m. to see Polynesian AF, a variety show with almost a dozen performers, including Miss Universe 1997 herself, Brook Mahealani Lee. Tickets come in packs of two or four. Don’t forget your proof of vaccination under the new COVID-19 rules.


$50 for two, $100 for four, Studio 909, 949 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,, @hicomedyfest


SEE ALSO: Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: October 13–19, 2021


Kōkua Market’s 50th Anniversary

Saturday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Nov. 6

Call it the little co-op that could. For three weeks, the oldest natural-foods cooperative in the state will celebrate a milestone many thought it would never reach after a few close calls nearly floored it. Come by this Saturday to pick up an anniversary T-shirt or check out a potted plant sale, lessons in composting, gluten-free baked goods, music by Dallan Santos and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus local grilled meats from Makana Provisions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each Sunday, try Korean fare from guest chef Helen Jung and get 10% off everything except wine. The rest of the week, get in-store specials and gifts with your purchases, plus enjoy other activities and get to know some companies Kōkua works with on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.


2643 S. King St., (808) 941-1922,, @kokuamarket


Weekend Picks Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Credit Coutesy Rizzoli New York Brian Bielmann

Big Wave Surfer: The Greatest Rides of Our Lives by Kai Lenny © Rizzoli New York, 2021; Kai Lenny, Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational opening ceremony, North Shore, O‘ahu, 2019. Photos: Courtesy of Rizzoli New York/Brian Bielmann



Snag Kai Lenny’s Epic New Big Wave Book

Available Tuesday, Oct. 26

If you’ve got a surf fan on your holiday gift list, take note. Pā‘ia native Kai Lenny’s thrilling new photo book, Big Wave Surfer: The Greatest Rides of Our Lives, drops you right into some of the biggest and most dangerous waves ridden over the last decade. The 304-page hardcover book features a whopping 150 dazzling color photos, along with personal stories and tales from more than 30 of the world’s top ocean warriors, including Laird Hamilton, Shane Dorian and Keala Kennelly. —BT


$60, available at