Your Guide to the Perfect Labor Day Weekend in Honolulu: September 1–7, 2021

It’s a great weekend for pickleball, pretty plants and Spam andagi pops.


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Photo: Stan Sakai



Virtual Okinawan Festival

Through Sunday, Sept. 14

Show some love to our Uchinanchu community by tuning in to this year’s virtual Okinawan Festival. “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” is the theme for the weeklong event that kicked off this past Monday with Okinawan Week on Living808. New to the lineup is the Okinawan FEASTival that runs through Sept. 14. Preorder ‘ono food and drinks from Okinawan-owned eateries including a specialty IPA from Beer Lab HI, Spam andagi pops by Hank’s Haute Dogs and homemade Okinawan sweet potato manju from Ige’s Hālawa. Click here to find out more. The main events of the festival will be Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature local dance groups, taiko performances, an andagi cooking demonstration and a performance by Mānoa DNA. You can shake your bon-bon on Saturday night from 8 to 9:15 p.m. as a few bon dance clubs will perform virtually for guests to follow along.


For more information, schedules, times and dates visit


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Via Gelato Ice Cream Cake

Available through September

It’s sooo hot. Thank the lawd, Via Gelato extended its popular collaboration cakes with Little Vessels Donut Co.—a vegan doughnut company based in Kaimukī. Through September you can still order a creamy, smooth gelato cake that’s crowned with a decked-out trio of pillowy doughnuts including glazed, chocolate dipped and cinnamon sugar. Or for those who really, really love cookie butter, opt to cap the cake off with a jumbo Biscoff doughnut topped with Biscoff whipped cream and a Biscoff cookie. The “cake” itself comes in two sizes, 5 inches (serves four to six) for $33 and 7 inches (serves eight) for $48. Flavors to select from are chocolate Oreo, strawberry cheesecake, tiramisu, vegan sweet potato haupia or vegan chocolate haupia. Of course, whipped cream and toppings can be added (make it rain sprinkles!), and a personalized message is always a cool option.


Cakes must be ordered four days in advance. To place and customize your order, visit Orders can be picked up at Via Gelato, 1142 12th Ave., (808) 732-2800. 


SEE ALSO: Try These New DIY Gelato Cakes from Kaimukī’s Via Gelato


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Photo: Stacey Makiya



Shop at Plantoem

So, with COVID-19 numbers reaching all-time highs, now might be the time to bring the outdoors in again. New and veteran plant parents can check out freshly opened Plantoem in Kaimukī. Owner Zoe Zang fills the shop with plants that she’s tended to since they were wee seedlings. Big, small, polka-dotted, tall—there’s a wealth of greens to select from. If you don’t know which one will thrive in your abode or how to care for your new home adornment, Zang is usually there to offer great advice. She says some of the more popular picks are the mini watermelon (yup, the leaves look like the juicy fruit) and Begonia maculata (with spotted fronds). And if your leafy loves need a pot to snuggle in, Plantoem has a wide variety of cute, chic and colorful options to select from.


3457 Wai‘alae Ave., open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m–7 p.m., @plantoem




Cinderella starring Camila Cabello

Streaming on Amazon Prime starting Friday, Sept. 3

Do we need another Cinderella remake? Uhh, yes, when it includes the fierce and very fashionable Billy Porter as a fairy godmother. He is giving us life in diamond sparkle tights. From what we can gather from the trailer, this modern version of the classic fairy tale features Camila Cabello as Cinderella, a dressmaker whose happy ending includes running her own business. Pay attention, mini wāhine, this is how you boss up and change your life. There is a prince, but he comes second to her desire to make her own dreams come true, even if it means walking away from the palace life. Another reason to watch is the outstanding cast made up of Hollywood royalty: Pierce Brosnan as the king, Minnie Driver as the queen, Idina Menzel as the stepmother, and comical joker James Corden as one of the mice—hopefully, our favorite one, Gus.


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Eat Your Veggies

Check out HONOLULU Magazine creative director James Nakamura’s Frolic post highlighting two vegan cafés that provide delicious takes on good-for-you foods. From ‘Ōlena Café’s avocado toast, which gets a flavor bomb drizzle from a turmeric/apple cider/lemon house dressing, to Raised by The Waves’ Island Rolls that offer layers of rainbow bright veggies tucked inside see-through rice paper, everything he recommends sounds hearty, and good for your heart.


SEE ALSO: Going Vegan Is Hard. These Two Cafés Helped a Meat Addict Transition


Buy Jo Koy Tix

Nov. 26 and 27

Yup, Jo Koy’s Funny is Funny World Tour is coming to the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in November; hopefully we’ll be sharing some laughs together by then. If this show delivers what we’ve seen in the past from the Filipino stand-up comedian who pokes fun at his Asian upbringing, which most of us can relate to, we’re eager and ready for it. Current ticket prices run from $56 to $86 and attendees are required to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to attend the event.


To buy tickets, visit


SEE ALSO: 62 Thoughts We Had While Watching Jo Koy’s Netflix Special, Comin’ In Hot


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Play Ball

Pickleball is scoring popularity points this year. In a recent HONOLULU Magazine web story, we wrote about how to play it by the rules or “podagee” beginner’s style. We also reveal where to get pickleball gear and what courts are best to use. Honestly, it’s a great way to get the family up and moving, for FREE! Plus, kids and adults really enjoy the game and forget about being on their electronics. Yes, we’re looking at mom and dad too.


SEE ALSO: A Beginner’s Guide to Pickleball in Honolulu



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Buy Furry Kake

The name alone—it gave us a good chuckle—should seal the deal on buying these local-kine condiments for your pawsome pals. Furry Kake food sprinkles for pooches and pusses, $15 each, from Pawniolo Pets come in three savory flavors: Beef Green Tripe, Beef Liver and Beef Organ. Yes, for us hoomans, this is not as appetizing as nori furikake, but for our precious pets this is something to howllah about.


Available at The Public Pet, 3422 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 737-8887,, @thepublicpet