Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: September 8-14, 2021

Celebrate with Hawaiian musicians, see a blockbuster directed by a Hawai‘i-raised storyteller, watch new TV shows set in the Islands and shop online for a good cause.


Kuana Courtesy Blue Note

Kuana Torres Kahele with Robert Cazimero. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i



Kuana Torres Kahele Birthday Celebration with Robert Cazimero

Thursday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 12, shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Blue Note Hawai‘i jumped into pandemic safety early and this week’s show adds a new incentive to go to the Waikīkī venue. Musician and hula artist Kuana Torres Kahele is celebrating his birthday with a pair of shows featuring  iconic composer/performer Robert Cazimero. And all remaining tickets can be reserved for free with proof of vaccination and photo ID at the door. “We’re trying to get back to work, be safe, follow the rules and move forward,” Kahele says.


For free tickets, use promo code KUANA online. Regular admission is $25 to $35 per person, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii


Guy Hawaiian Style Courtesy Citizen Pictures

From left, Guy Fieri, nephew Jules Fieri and son, Hunter Fieri. Photo: Courtesy of Citizen Pictures



Guy: Hawaiian Style

Streaming on Discovery Plus network

Watch chef and TV personality Guy Fieri explore Hawai‘i with his wife, their two sons and his nephew in the four-part TV series, Guy: Hawaiian Style. Already a frequent visitor to the Islands for his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show, Fieri rounds up some of his local chef friends for lots of fresh local cooking, as well as hunting, prawn-fishing, surfing and even spearfishing with famed diver Kimi Werner.  Fieri also makes an emotional stop to cook for sailors at Pearl Harbor with his Navy veteran dad. Shot during the earlier downturn in COVID cases, the show strives to feature Hawaiian culture through local experts for an experience that steps away from the typical tourist path. His other show, Guy’s Grocery Games, has proven great for pandemic times: lots of inspiring small-business survival stories, creative cooking in a hurry that gives us ideas for techniques and ingredients that we have and even some we bought for the first time (such as Ras El Hanout Moroccan seasoning). Their take on a family vacation made us appreciate the Fieri clan even more.


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Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

From left, Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. Photo: Courtesy of Marvel Studios 2021.



Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Marvel Studios’ latest release broke records for ticket sales in its Labor Day weekend debut, telling the story of an Asian super hero who seems a whole lot like somebody we all went to school with, that is, until he busts out eye-popping martial arts moves and superpowers. Hawai‘i-raised director Destin Daniel Cretton also co-wrote the movie, which helps to explain the film’s core of strong family values, humor and refreshing lack of lame stereotypes. With pandemic precautions, theaters limit audience members but the show is still pulling in crowds who appreciate the film: action-packed, funny and still still relatable in that super hero way.


Check theater listings


SEE ALSO: Maui-Born-and-Raised Director Destin Daniel Cretton Talks About Family, Film and Joining the Marvel Universe


Mission Houses Courtesy Mission Houses

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Mission Houses



Huaka‘i: Celebrating Home and 200 Years of the 1821 Frame House

Sept. 12-19

While the Hawaiian Mission Houses hosts a gala event when it can, this year its auction has gone online only, while the hybrid event includes streaming music and an option to order catered meals. The auction offers Hawaiiana favorites that include jewelry, lauhala and art along with restaurant gift certificates, behind-the-scenes experiences, Hawaiian language lessons and a Bete Mu‘u gift certificate.


Other Ideas

Haoleboyfriend Photo Credit Brandon Miyagi Courtesy

Photo: Brandon Miyagi Courtesy of Kumu Kahua Theatre



Watch #haoleboyfriend

Sept. 2–19

Kumu Kahua Theatre is marking its 51st season of local plays that reflect our diverse community. Check out online performances of #haoleboyfriend which introduces us to five former math geeks from Pearl City reuniting 15 years after high school. If you requested “Lady Marmalade” at your prom, they got you.


Queen Courtesy Hawaii Ponoi

Queen Lili‘uokalani Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Pono‘i Coalition



Learn About Hawaiian History

The Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition is presenting five weeks of virtual events throughout September to celebrate Queen Lili‘uokalani’s 183rd birthday, including a panel Friday, Sept. 10 called  Community Building, Turning Toward Each Other. The panel brings together members of various faith communities moderated by Maya Soetero-Ng.


Xscape Wp Photo Credit Alicia And Jim Ward

Photo: Courtesy Xscape / Alicia And Jim Ward



Dress to Sweat

To balance out all the time at home, we’re getting active outside away from the crowds: kayaking, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding. I’m happy to find versatile gear to avoid getting too toasty in the sun and feeling good in workout gear definitely inspires me to get out and get moving. The Xscape Rashguard top comes in a comfy loose fit and the leggings work as well for yoga as in the ocean.


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SEE ALSO: Open For Fitness: We Tried a Stand-Up Paddleboard Class from Paddle Core Fitness


Windward Mall Farmers

Photo: Courtesy of Windward Mall



Shop Outside with Windward Farmers

In September, Windward Mall’s farmers market moved outdoors as a safety precaution. Hanawahine Farms operates the market at the corner of Ha‘ikū Road and Kamehameha Highway on Wednesday, 2 to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. This market stands out for the mix of fruits, veggies, seafood and flowers along with an ever-changing selection of smoked fish, kūlolo, Thai curries, Filipino pastries and other local treats.