Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: September 22–28, 2021

Tune in to a live concert, order a sweet tasting set and check out award-winning prints to welcome fall.



Nathan Aweau Live @ the MACC

Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.

We Honolulu dwellers don’t often get the chance to see performances at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, but this month we’re in luck. The Live @ the MACC series features local musicians taking the beautiful Castle Theater stage; it streams every Saturday on YouTube and Facebook. If you can’t catch the concerts live, watch them online anytime (see Kanekoa’s performance from Sept. 11 above). This week tune in to see Nathan Aweau, the three-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Male Vocalist of the Year.


Free, donations welcome at, @mauiartsculture


Honolulu Printmakers 2021 Annual Exhibition

Through Oct. 17

The Honolulu Printmakers’ new digs on Bethel Street opened earlier this summer with a community print studio and storefront. Come by to see the group’s first big exhibition since the move, a show juried and curated by Allison Wong, the former deputy director of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Proof of vaccination is required for entry with a max of six people in the studio at a time. The works span from the Printmakers’ space to Arts & Letters Nu‘uanu, so make sure to visit both to see prints by 44 artists. This year’s gift print was created by artist Kamran Samimi and is available for $125 while they last.


Honolulu Printmakers studio: 1142 Bethel St., open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Arts & Letters Nu‘uanu: 1164 Nu‘uanu Ave., open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,, @honoluluprintmakers


Weekend Picks Ian Mckellen Credit Frederic Aranda

Photo: Frederic Aranda



Ian McKellen On Stage

Streaming through Saturday, Oct. 2

No, Sir Ian McKellen is not performing in Hawai‘i, so you can go ahead and leave that Gandalf costume in the closet. However, you can watch a recorded performance of his one-man show from its run on the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London to benefit PlayBuilders of Hawai‘i Theater Co. McKellen performs some scenes from his best-known roles over a two-and-a-half-hour production. Ticket proceeds from the show go toward community and regional theaters impacted by COVID-19 in Hawai‘i and across North America.


$35.13 including fees, click here for more info 


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Meet the Makers: Wai Meli

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.

You might recognize Wai Meli’s jars by their typography and range of honey hues, from dark syrupy molasses to golden blond. The local varietals from Big Island Moonbow Farms all have distinct characteristics dependent upon where their bees have been. Learn the differences while tasting a sampler set for Mana Up and Hawaiian Airlines’ latest episode of its Meet the Makers series. Wai Meli founder Kawika Sebag will talk about what it’s like to harvest honey live on Facebook. To get it on time for the Wai Meli episode, make sure to order the exclusive tasting set—with lehua blossom, summer blossom and Christmas berry blossom flavors, $40—by this Friday, Sept. 24; if not, go ahead and tune in for free anyway. The video will also be available to watch anytime after the event’s over, here.


Register here


Weekend Picks Plants Kulua Credit Courtesy Sax Home Hawaii

Photo: Courtesy of Sax Home Hawai‘i



Grow Your Local Planter Collection

Available now

Snap up some new threads for your houseplants courtesy of Maui label Kūlua and Honolulu-based Sax Home Hawai‘i. The two recently teamed up on a chic collection of canvas planters for Kūlua’s A‘ole ‘Ōpala accessories line. Made using Kūlua scrap fabrics, the planters come in three sizes—the largest can hold a 3-gallon pot—and feature the brand’s custom ‘opihi, ulu hala and pōhaku prints. The collection even includes covers for your disinfecting wipe containers designed to keep your hale looking so fresh and so clean. —Brie Thalmann