Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: October 6-October 12, 2021
Take fall photos in two Insta-worthy fields, find your next great read and listen to Anuhea under the stars to support local students.
Snap Some Amazing Selfies
Two farms are opening up their fields for photo sessions. At the Waimānalo Country Farms Drive-Thru Harvest Festival, drive into the pumpkin patch for a little pumpkin picking, take photos in the sunflower field, check out the farm animals and hit up the farm stand for pumpkin accessories, fall décor, snacks and fresh produce—and, on Saturdays and Sundays, corn on the cob and low-country boil. In Kapolei, Aloun Farms offers daily selfie sessions in its sunflower fields, or reserve a morning time slot with a professional photographer for the perfect autumn portrait.—BT, CY
Waimānalo Country Farms: Every Tuesday through Sunday, now through Sunday, Nov. 21 Reservations required, first car in at 9 a.m., last car in at 4 p.m. 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo, (808) 306-4381, waimanalocountryfarms.com, @waimanalocountryfarms
Aloun Farms: Daily through Oct. 31, professional sessions are between 8 and 11:30 a.m., selfie time slots are available between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 91-1440 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, alounfarms.com, @alounfarmshawaii
Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival
Through Nov. 4
The festival’s partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa began last year and with pandemic precautions in place, happens again this year, with the theme “Hawai‘i 2.0—Model for the Planet?” Book and music fans have been gathering at Honolulu’s Civic Center for 14 years for the annual festival, which this year promises a vibrant program of Hawaiian culture and expert panels on sustainability, wellness, innovation and other issues vital for Hawaiʻi. The free event continues with daily programs through Thursday, Nov. 4. Check out sessions with pioneering “Doughnut Economist” Kate Raworth (Thursday, Oct. 7); U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Saturday, Oct. 23); Hawai‘i’s own Sara Ackerman; and a strong crop of more than 30 local authors.—RD
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Groove Poolside with Anuhea and Friends
Saturday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m.
Snag your tickets now for Anuhea’s upcoming dinner concert under the stars at the Waikīkī Beachcomber by Outrigger. The Black and White Night is a fundraiser for the singer’s Aloha Always Foundation, which grants scholarships to Hawai‘i students pursuing higher education. Along with Anuhea and her band, the evening will also include a performance by Keahi Delovio. Dinner fare by Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood will be available for purchase. Dress in all black and white and be entered to win prizes.—BT
Tickets sold in sets, for socially distanced tables, cabanas or lounges, available at alohaalways.org
Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Moving Sale
Through Oct. 17
The pop-up bookstore at Ward Village is moving, just across the street, but it means markdowns this weekend. Everything in the old Pier 1 Home Goods space is now 25% off, including books, CDs, records, comic books, DVDs, art and more. Friends of the Library Hawai‘i receive an additional 10% off Sunday. The bookstore will close in its current spot Oct. 17 and reopen two days later in the old Sedona space at Ward Centre where it will operate through June 2022.—CY
Open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, closed on Monday. 1142 Auahi St., friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org
Catch Kelly Hu in List of a Lifetime
Sunday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m.
Grab the popcorn and cozy up to watch Kelly Hu show off her acting chops alongside Shannen Doherty and Grey’s Anatomy’s Sylvia Kwan in her new feature film List of a Lifetime. The Kamehameha School graduate plays Brenda Lee, a woman whose breast cancer diagnosis prompts her to track down the daughter she gave up for adoption decades ago. Together they create a bucket list for Brenda and set out to complete it, discovering the ultimate reason for Brenda to fight for her life along the way.—BT