Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: September 26—29, 2019

Rock out at a concert, cheer on your favorite groups at a floral parade and indulge in traditional Italian dishes.

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Photo: Courtesy of Hanson Facebook page


Hanson Live in Honolulu

Thursday, September 26, 8 to 10 p.m.

Move over Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, the Hansons are coming to town (the other two will also be heading to Honolulu soon). After breaking into the music scene in the early ’90s, Isaac, Taylor and Zac have released several albums, including their 25th anniversary album, Middle of Everywhere – The Greatest Hits, featuring popular songs “Where’s the Love,” “I Will Come to You” and “Weird.” MMMBop your way to the Republik to jam out to some of your favorite oldies but goodies and more. You can also pay an extra $20 to join the after-party featuring a DJ set by Taylor.

$39.50, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Aloha Festivals


Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to noon

The last event of the monthlong Aloha Festivals is probably the biggest—a colorful procession down Kalākaua Avenue showcasing floats, Hawaiian music, hālau hula, pā‘ū horseback riders, civic leaders and marching bands. Remember to get there early to find parking and to stake out a good spot for optimal viewing. Check our ultimate guide to the 2019 Aloha Festivals for tips and more.

Free, Kalākaua Avenue from Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapi‘olani Regional Park. Click here for more details.


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Hawaiian Mission Houses Family Day Open House

Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss a chance to get into this museum for free—it happens only twice a year. The museum will have free tours and activities, such as lauhala weaving, and live entertainment by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band.

Free, Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S. King St. For more info, go here.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Festa italiana hawai‘i


Festa Italiana

Saturday, September 28, 4 to 10 p.m.

If you’ve ever faced the dilemma of where to find good authentic Italian food in the Islands, you’re not alone. Insert Festa Italiana, and all of our pasta, pizza, wine and gelato dreams have come true. The third annual event brings a taste of Italy to Honolulu with a mix of authentic Italian food, drinks, performances and a showcase of ultra-sleek European luxury cars. Use our ultimate guide to the 2019 Festa Italiana to plan your day.


Free for general public, VIP tickets for sale, Cooke Street, Kaka‘ako. Go here for more information.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF hawai‘i bicycling league


Honolulu Century Ride

Sunday, September 29, 6:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dubbed the largest cycling event in the Islands, the century ride is the nonprofit Hawai‘i Bicycling League’s biggest annual fundraiser. It’s not a race, so ride at your own pace. You’ll have the option to choose the length you’d like to ride, from 25 miles to the full 100 from the start at Kapi‘olani Regional Park to Swanzy Beach Park in Ka‘a‘awa and back. New this year is the option to sign up for a one-way ride from the regional park to Swanzy Beach with transportation back to the Kapi‘olani finishing area.

Various prices and discounts for members, starts at Kapi‘olani Regional Park, 3840 Pākī Ave. For more details and to register, click here.


Plus: Coming Up

HONOLULU Magazine’s Rosé Soirée Presented by Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Saturday, October 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event may be a few weeks away, but this heat has us dreaming of sipping something cool at next month’s Rosé Soirée. Enjoy a selection of refreshing rosé wines and small bites from some of Hawai‘i’s top restaurants, including 12th Ave Grill, Feast, Pai Honolulu and La Vie. New this year, treat yourself to a pampering station by Heaven on Earth Salon & Day Spa. And if you’re looking to upgrade your evening, VIP ticket holders get in an hour early, plus access to the VIP lounge and exclusive dishes from Senia. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit Hoʻōla Nā Pua. Cheers!

$65 general, $95 VIP, IBM Building courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Midland Let It Roll Tour in Honolulu

Wednesday, September 25  |  8–10 p.m.

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Hawai‘iCon 2019

Thursday, September 26–Sunday, September 29  |  Various times

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Republik Music Festival 2019 at Waikīkī Shell

Friday, September 27–Saturday, September 28  |  Various times

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Fall into Kailua at Blocktoberfest

Saturday, September 28  |  4–9:30 p.m.

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Da Urban Pencil Sketch Group

Saturday, September 28  |  10 a.m.–noon

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