Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: January 12–15

A lineup of this weekend’s best events.

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locals only beer dinner
Photo: Courtesy of Frolic Hawai‘i


Locals Only Beer Dinner

Saturday, Jan. 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

Locally brewed beer? Hawai‘i chefs? You had our curiosity, but now you have our attention. This Saturday, Square Barrels hosts a “locals only” event, featuring five dishes created by local chefs paired with five locally brewed beers. Think Lanikai Brewing Co.’s mouth-puckering Forever Summer POG Berliner Weisse matched with sous vide baby octopus, fingerling potatoes and barley salad prepared by Foodland Farms chef Brian Nagai; Honolulu Beerworks’ Chinookie the Wookee IPA with Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop chef Brian Chan’s fried oyster gumbo with chorizo braised beef. Other participating breweries include Beerlab Hawai‘i, Stewbum & Stonewall and Waikīkī Brewing Co., each paired with unique bites that have our stomachs growling and our mouths salivating.

$99, 21 and over only. Square Barrels, 1001 Bishop St., Suite 108. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


SALT Bar Crawl

Saturday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

Over the past few years, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako has thrown some mean bashes, bringing together some the best in local food and fashion through such events as Honolulu Night Market and Pa‘akai Marketplace. This Saturday, it starts the new year off right (with—how else—mixed drinks and beer) with the first-ever SALT Bar Crawl. The inaugural event doubles as a launch party for the award-winning Firestone Walker Brewing Co., making its Hawai‘i debut that very night. Participating bars Bevy, Moku Kitchen and Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room will be the first to offer the Cali beer brand on tap here in the Islands and celebrate with several of Firestone’s rare and special kegs for you to try. Company reps, including co-founder David Walker, will be there to drop firsthand knowledge on Firestone Walker, and its diverse offerings—from pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers to wild ales—will have you feeling like a kid in a (boozy) candy store. But if you’re still in post-holiday recovery mode, no worries: The bar crawl is set to be a monthly shindig, taking place every second Saturday of the month. Cheers to that!

21 and over only, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information on SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, go here. For more information on Firestone Walker Brewing Co., go here.


young the giant at the republik

Photo: Courtesy of The Republik


Young the Giant and The Naked and Famous at The Republik

Young the Giant: Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.

The Naked and Famous: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

Every group has that friend. You know, the one who automatically takes over car DJ responsibilities, who knew that radio hit before it was cool, who has a seemingly infinite playlist of perfect songs? BAMP Project is that friend, and it continues to hit the musical nail on the head with a lineup of 2017 shows featuring an eclectic mix of talent. Up on our radar for this weekend are two names, both equally worthy of your weekend time and fan-girl squeals of delight.


You’ve probably heard Young the Giant on the radio—the band’s first three singles, “My Body,” “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment” all hit top 5 on the U.S. Alternative Songs chart, and its eponymous first album was hailed third-best rock album of 2010 by And it’s only moved up since then: The following second and third albums ranked seventh and 12th, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard 200. Young the Giant will perform on Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. at The Republik.

$35, The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., third floor. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Incepted in Auckland, New Zealand and now based in L.A., indie-electronic band The Naked and Famous has been quite busy, with members splitting their time between writing and recording their third album and touring across the globe. They’ll be at The Republik Saturday night.

$36, The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., third floor. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Game of Thrones: The Musical

Thursday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m.

You’ve seen Game of Thrones, but have you seen Game of Thrones with puppets? Yes, the insanely popular HBO series receives a creative interpretation in Game of Thrones: The Musical, featuring all the things you’ve come to love and expect from the award-winning fantasy books/cable show including foul language, incest, betrayal, violence and dragons. Who this is for: fans of Avenue Q, musical theater, puppet-on-puppet violence. Who should stay away: children, the easily offended, anyone who avoids Game of Throne spoilers.

Game of Thrones: The Musical is part of the O‘ahu Fringe Festival, a volunteer-organized event dedicated to showcasing original work in the performing arts by emerging and professional artists. The festival is on its fifth year and takes place in (where else but) O‘ahu’s very own arts district in Chinatown. Curious? Read more about it here.

$10, 21 and over only. NextDoor, 43 N. Hotel St. For more information on this and other events at the O‘ahu Fringe Festival, go here.


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