Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: September 29-October 5, 2021

Get outside and in shape with a virtual challenge, learn about the latest in design/architecture, go online to a fundraiser at a royal palace, check out a Bretman Rock collab and more.


Holoholo Swim Credit Hawaiian Air

Holoholo Challenge offers a virtual Maui Course. Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines



Ready, Set, Holoholo! Hawaiian Airlines’ Second Annual Virtual Fitness Challenge

Begins Oct. 1

Want to get outdoors, work out and help a good cause? Hawaiian Airlines’ wants to help with a second year of virtual challenge with more options than last year. Now you can  walk/run, swim or bike virtual courses that mimic Maui destinations. (Last year, the challenge focused on O‘ahu-inspired destinations.) I’m signing up with my crew of 5 a.m.-workout buddies because we work out more and have more fun when we do things together—even virtually—and we can take all of October to get it done. There are some cool shirts, a cute medal and an opportunity to donate to nonprofits Special Olympics or The Maui Farm. Do it on your own or rally your tribe to get some exercise before the holiday eating season goes full swing. You’ve got a little more time because the registration deadline was extended to Oct. 6.


Register and learn more at


Queen Emma Entry Credit Queen Emma

Queen Emma Summer Palace on Oct. 2 hosts a virtual community festival. Photo: Courtesy of Daughters of Hawai‘i



44th Annual Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace

Oct. 1 & 2

While this annual community festival normally draws crowds to the Nu‘uanu palace grounds, this year pandemic precautions prompted the Daughters of Hawai‘i to host an at-home event instead on Oct. 2: offering Island specialties, music and an online auction that continues through Oct. 8 to support the mission of preserving, maintaining and operating the palace. Those interested can buy a Pūʻolo Aloha box featuring “an assortment of delightful and locally made products including the Daughters’ famous homemade jams and jellies, one-of-a-kind memorabilia,” and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a California King-sized Hawaiian Quilt. Supporters can also order a deluxe box, bid for auction items or order a prime rib dinner for 4 to 6 people from Pagoda Floating restaurant. Order the boxes by Oct. 1 and pick up Oct. 2.


Noaa Pacific Region Center

NOAA Inouye Pacific Regional Center. Photo: Alan Karchmar




Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Billed as a first-of-its-kind showcase for innovative architecture and design as well as “a catalyst for connection and community,” the forum provides space for local and global professionals in the field to gather and learn virtually. While it focuses on those already in these professions, the virtual gathering welcomes anyone who might want to check out some of these topics without a big commitment or even a drive across town required. The event, presented by AIA Honolulu (America Institute of Architects), provides access to five sessions each day, along with a preview of leading-edge products and technology. Topics include: the intersection of design, place and belonging; climate adaptation and a UH analysis of energy performance of multi-family housing in tropical climates. This year’s virtual format provides an opportunity for easy access to those interested in design and architecture that might not be repeated.


$20 for individual sessions, $120–$160 for two-day passes,


Crocs Bretman Photo Courtesy Benjamin Askinas

Crocs Bretman Rocks collab. Photo: Courtesy Benjamin Askinas



Bretman Rock x Crocs Collaboration

Enter Sept. 27, 11 a.m. HST through Oct. 1, 8 a.m. HST

Shine like Hawai‘i-based mega-influencer Bretman Rock by snapping up, and on, Jibbitz charms from the content creator’s new collaboration with Crocs. The five-piece set draws inspiration from Rock’s affinity for crystals, stars and iridescence, and includes a mischievous turtle, a sleek chain and “Baddest” charm for who else, Da Baddest, of course. Available for purchase through a drawing system, online at Brie Thalmann



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Lanakila Meals on Wheels’ Virtual Bingo at Kāhala Mall

Oct. 1 & 2

Kāhala Mall is helping Lanakila Meals on Wheels commemorate 50 years of feeding seniors in our community with a bingo game that offers prizes. Pick up official bingo cards at participating merchants until Oct. 1. On Oct. 2, log on to play Lanakila Meals on Wheels’ virtual bingo between 10 a.m. and noon for a chance to win prizes from Kāhala Mall merchants including $50 gift cards.