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