Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Sept. 15–21, 2022

Sample authentic German beer, enjoy dishes from award-winning chefs and head to Waikīkī for a huge block party.


Oktoberfest at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako

Saturday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m.

Enjoy the annual Oktoberfest celebration at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako’s The Barn with authentic German festival beers presented by Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room. Grab Oktoberfest sausages from Butcher & Bird, get into the vibe with live entertainment by the Ompah Trio and join the stein-hoisting competition, sponsored by Samuel Adams.


Family-Friendly Event, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi St.,, @saltourkakaako


Aloha Festivals

Photo: Courtesy Aloha Festivals


68th Annual Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a

Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Waikīkī transforms into an epic block party with food booths, crafts and cultural demonstrations. Multiple stages on Kalākaua Avenue will host award-winning hālau and local performers like Kekoa Correa, Jeff Rasmussen, the Mākaha Sons, Kealamauloa Alcon and many more. Food and craft vendors include Waimānalo Country Farms, Olay’s Thai Lao Express, Plumeria Tree, Simply Wood Studio and Leahi Gifts.


Family-Friendly Event, free, Kalākaua Ave.,, @alohafestivals



2022 Hale ‘Aina Celebration: Havana Nights

Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. (VIP entrance 5:30 p.m.)

What better way to celebrate aloha Friday than at HONOLULU Magazine’s biggest foodie event of the year? Enjoy unlimited dishes and drinks from some of the magazine’s Hale ‘Aina winners, listen to live music and get your salsa dancing on. VIP tickets include early entrance and access to the Priority Access Rum and Cigar Lounge.


$125 to $195, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach, Lau‘ula Park, 383 Kālaimoku St.,, @honolulumag



Napoleon Dynamite Screening and Q&A

Friday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.

Revisit the cult classic Napoleon Dynamite at this film screening, followed by a question-and-answer session with cast member Jon Heder, who played the iconic lead character of the movie.


$35–$85, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.,, @hawaiitheatre



Keiki in Nature Workshop

Sunday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Keiki can learn all about harvesting in the first hands-on workshop of its kind by Our Planet Therapy. The exciting afternoon at Sun Farm Hawai‘i, a family-run farm in Hawai‘i Kai, is sure to be a sensory enriching experience. Led by an occupational therapist, keiki will be immersed in nature, which can help develop and improve how they process sensory input.


Family-Friendly Event, $30 per child with up to 2 adults, siblings are an additional $20 each, Sun Farm Hawai‘i, 509 Pakala St.,, @ourplanettherapy



Chinee, Japanese, All Mix Up

Wednesday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 25

Guest director Reiko Ho addresses the question, “What does it mean to be Asian in 2022?” In light of anti-Asian hate crimes and the need for Asian representation and voice, this performance explores the history of Asian Americans in Hawaiʻi. Expect spoken word, video, dance, music and original student monologues.


$8-$25, Kennedy Theatre, Department of Theatre + Dance, 1770 East-West Road,, @uhmkennedytheatre



Homecoming Makers’ Market

Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

Get into the homecoming spirit at the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Makers’ Market, where you can shop alumni-owned small businesses, meet up with fellow football fans and get ready for the upcoming football game against Duquesne. While it’s free to shop the vendors, you can take your Makers’ Market to the next level by opting for an exclusive VIP ticket at $50. The ticket includes food by UH alumni chef Reid Mastuura of Redfish, drinks by Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room and access to an enclosed VIP area.


Family-Friendly Event, free, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi St.,, @saltourkakaako


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Cool Ideas Conference

Photo: Chef Tu David Phu

Near and Far—Cool Ideas, Hot Food Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 21

This conference focuses on strengthening connections between food, culture and technology through healthy and economically diverse communities. Attendees can participate in interactive sessions, panel discussions, a lunch and a pau hana reception. Chef and filmmaker Tu David Phu will be there, along with New York Times staff writer and author Eric Kim, editor Alyse Whitney and more.


$225, Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, 150 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 734-9570,




Photo: Ashton Miyako



Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.

Anuhea is an award-winning local musician with multiple smash hits, including “Right Love, Wrong Time,” “Higher Than The Clouds” and her sweet cover on Estelle’s “Come Over Love.”


$25–$30, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., #30, (808) 941-7469,, @jointherepublik


Walk Like Madd

Photo: Kim Isaak


Hawai‘i Walk Like MADD 2022

Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 a.m.

The Mothers Against Drunk Driving 5K walk, a family-friendly noncompetitive event, is back. Funds raised go toward MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunken driving. The first 500 people to check in at 7 a.m. and start the run receive backpack goodie bags packed full with coupons, giveaways and discounts – think retail gift certificates, spa and salon treatments and more. Walkers can enjoy a variety of entertainment throughout the route and each of them will get a delish cookie as a reward at the end. The awards ceremony starts at 9 a.m.


Family-Friendly Event, Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park, 102 ‘Ohe St., (808) 532-6232,, @808madd



Climate Resilience for O‘ahu Neighborhoods Webinar

Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This webinar addresses the City and County of Honolulu’s 2019 O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, which identified 44 actions to address the challenges of long-term affordability and impacts of climate change. Action 15 of the plan focuses on developing an islandwide network of resilience hubs in each of O‘ahu’s planning regions. This webinar will discuss how to engage the public in 15 planning workshops and how to implement those workshops. The first of a four-part series, speakers include Matt Gonser, Dr. Suwan Shen, Dr. Miku Lenentine and panel moderator Dr. Robert Franco., (808) 734-9211