Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: September 9-16, 2020

Have dinner with a chef, drinks included; meet Sigmund Freud in Vienna; take a maritime tour; groove to the Beatles done ʻukulele style; or learn to ice skate without ice.

Dish by Colin Hazama

Slow-cooked Hawaiian kampachi garnished with three-caviar relish is one of the dishes created by chef Colin Hazama for Frolic’s Night In.
Photo: colin Hazama


EAT Exclusive Menus Plus Pairings for Frolic’s Night In

Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, 5 p.m.

We’ve always been big fans of a good drink with dinner. Now our sister site Frolic Hawaiʻi has a way to score both in a dinner series that comes with conversation. This weekend, you can buy a four-course takeout meal from Butcher & Bird paired with three German beers from Village Bottle Shop, or a three-course Colin Hazama menu with a honjozo sake from The Sake Shop. Pick it up, pour yourself a drink then dial in for a Zoom dinner chat with Frolic’s Thomas Obungen along with the meal makers and liquor experts who put the menus together. 

$55 includes all food and alcohol for one person. Butcher & Bird and Village Bottle Shop, Saturday, Sept. 12. Colin Hazama and The Sake Shop, Sunday, Sept. 13. Food pickup is from 3–4:30 p.m. the day of the event with the Zoom chat starting at 5 p.m. See the full menu and buy tickets at 


Image from The Tobacconist
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JOIN HIFF Selects Subscription Movie Club

Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in a movie theater won’t happen again for a while, so the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival is filling your global viewing needs with its new subscription club. Every month, HIFF will release a new livestream movie for film fans along with an online Q&A session and additional content. For its kickoff, members can watch The Tobacconist, an award-winning German film about a 17-year-old who moves to Vienna to work in a tobacco shop, meets Sigmund Freud and falls in love with a music hall dancer just before the Nazis arrive. The New York Times review says its cinematography, period costumes and design create a pretty and amusing movie without any heavy political weight. Right now, that sounds great to us.

$9.99 a month, $90 for the year. HIFF members receive a discount.


The Hikianalia
The Hikianalia
photo: courtesy of ocean institute, Dana Point


TOUR the Hikianalia and the Hōkūleʻa

Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13

September usually brings a fleet of maritime festivals to the East and West coasts. This year, you have an opportunity to tour boats virtually. As part of the Ocean Institute’s Virtual Maritime Festival, Mark Ellis, captain of the Hikianalia, sister ship of the Hōkūleʻa, will take festivalgoers onboard both canoes that are sitting in dry dock right now. He’ll talk about future voyages and what it takes to maintain the vessels. Tune in a few hours early to check out the Maryland Dove, a recreation of a 40-ton cargo ship that sailed from the Isle of Wight to Maryland in 1633. Then tune in Saturday afternoon for a concert by Andrew McMahon.

Free. The festival is Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13. The Polynesian Voyaging Society session is Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by music by the Kalama Brothers. 



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LISTEN to Concerts for Conservation

Saturday, September 12, 5–6 p.m.

Sometimes you need a concert with a cause, just so you can get outraged at an injustice that doesn’t involve your neighbor’s loud leaf blower (which you never noticed before you stayed at home) and the places food delivery services will not drive to. The Honolulu Zoo’s performance by ʻukulele-brandishing Beatles tribute group Beat-Lele is a fundraiser for the zoo’s Aloha ʻĀina Conservation Fund. The fund gives money to nonprofits involved in preserving Hawaiʻi’s wildlife and natural environments so they can make sure they’re there next time you wander into the wild.

Tune in on the Honolulu Zoo’s Facebook page


Weekend Adventures

Aircraft in the air
photo: Courtesy of the Pacific Aviation Museum's Flickr 


Relive an Aerial Parade

If you missed the aerial parades earlier this month (I’m raising my hand) you can see a photo gallery of the in-air tribute on Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s Flickr account. Make sure to click through the first page to see some great 1940s photos of the aircraft and their pilots in action. Then take a few moments to watch the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII at—Christi Young, editorial director


Meet Some Chicks

Grab a wasabi shoyu ʻahi steak sandwich or portobello burger at Diamond Head Grill, sit on a park bench across from Waikīkī School and watch the chicken families. They roost in the vine-overgrown fence at night: little chick heads poking out of the chain link holes. —Don Wallace, contributing editor 


Ice Skate Without Ice

Saturday ice skating classes were canceled and our only ice rink closed, so I gave rollerblading a shot. No jumps, no spins, no fun. Then, I discovered off-ice skates that are supposed to feel like skating on-ice—edges, jumps and spins on wheels! I ordered a set of “blades,” waited eight weeks, mounted them onto my figure skates and headed out. After testing out a few ways to stop, I ordered knee and wrist guards to boost my confidence. I am still on the lookout for smooth concrete floors. —Christine Labrador, art director


Learn How to Make Sushi

Over the weekend, having once again cycled through a seemingly shrinking repertoire of home-cooked meals, I started craving sushi. It had been months. In a clip by the Tokyo Academy of Sushi, a pair of hands and a dystopian voiceover outline seven steps to making nigiri sushi and the scene repeats four more times from different angles.


I won’t bore you with too many details; you can see the videos, browse for recipes and shop to your own liking. I’m more enamored of the sensory immersion of this experience. There is something to be said about working with your hands, whether it be woodworking, ceramics, drawing, painting or making sushi and eating it right there. For me, it was Sunday dinner—a deliciously misshapen, inconsistently portioned meal. Jiro may dream of sushi, but he has nightmares of me.—James Nakamura, creative director