Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: July 31–Aug. 4

Geek out at Comic Con, see a pop legend perform live, get inked and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Comic Con Honolulu


Comic Con Honolulu

Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4


If you have a “Heroes never die” sticker on your laptop, or you’re just a die-hard comic fan, you’ll want to be at this convention. Comic Con Honolulu focuses on comics, movies and sci-fi, and is well-loved by gamers because of its partnership with PC Gamerz. Guests include voice actors Anjali Bhimani and Carolina Ravassa from Overwatch; Tom DeFalco, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics; Kick-Ass co-creator John Romita Jr.; plus a full panel of actors from Netflix’s The Dragon Prince. There will be artists, concerts, costumes, tabletop games, video games and the list goes on. Don’t miss the free Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament at 4 p.m. on Friday or the cosplay contest at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

$40–$65. Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave.


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Mary Wilson of The Supremes at Blue Note

Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4


Mary Wilson, former member of the country’s most successful vocal group, comes to the Blue Note this weekend. The Supremes are credited with paving the way for other black musicians and for influencing other artists, including Madonna. On her own, Wilson released the Billboard hit, “Time to Move On,” and will release her fourth book in September. Do yourself a favor and pick up a ticket to see her perform the classics—“Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Baby Love”—albeit solo, in person.

$45–$65. Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.


Pacific Ink & Art Expo

Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4


Time to get tatted? The Pacific Ink and Art Expo says yes. More than 400 artists will create their art at the event with rates starting at $75 per hour. Practitioners of traditional Japanese, Hawaiian and Filipino tattoos will be there, including Keli‘i Makua, the only kahuna ka uhi (priest of tattooing) in Hawai‘i. His traditional Hawaiian tattoos, or uhi, are based on cultural meaning and life experiences and created with toothed tools and a mallet. The expo will also feature hula performances and food vendors. You might even spot a tattoo TV star.

$23–$65. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave.


SEE ALSO: Keone Nunes: Traditional Hawaiian Tattoo Artist

Photo: Courtesy of Asia Pacific Dance Festival


Asia Pacific Dance Festival Closing Weekend

Friday, Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.


Though the two-week biennial festival ends this weekend, you can still enjoy performances from across the Pacific. Dancers from Kuala Lumpur-based ASK Dance Company, Dancers of Damelahamid (an indigenous dance company from British Columbia) and Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau will perform at the welcoming ceremony and two finale concerts. At the free welcoming ceremony, kumu hula Maelia Loebenstein Carter will call each participating group with a welcoming chant and each will respond with a dance. The same Pacific dance companies will also take the stage at the two finale shows, ʻIke Hana I and II at Kennedy Theatre.

$0–$34. East-West Friendship Circle, 1601 East-West Road. Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Road.


Battle of the Bartenders at International Market Place

Wednesday, July 31  |  5 to 6 p.m.

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Much Ado About Nothing at Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival

Thursday, August 1 thru 17  |  7:30 p.m.

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Kahala Mall Eat the Street Food Truck Festival

Saturday, August 3  |  2:30 to 8 p.m.

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Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2019 Presents The 25th Anniversary of The Endless Summer II

Saturday, August 3  |  7:30 p.m.

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79th Annual Nā Hula Festival

Sunday, August 4  |  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Closing Night of Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2019 Presents Gun Ho!

Sunday, August 4  |  6 to 10 p.m.

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Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.


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