Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: June 23–25, 2017

A lineup of the weekend’s best events.

When the days get longer, tan lines start to appear and you catch yourself daydreaming about backyard barbecues and pool parties, you know it’s summer. Dive into the season with an R&B pop concert that will take ’90s kids back to awkward high school dance days, or amp it up with some heaven trap at The Republik. For more low-key entertainment, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako offers two events this weekend that will feature local art and local beer. On Sunday, take your family to a kid’s film festival for some keiki-positive entertainment.


Stuck in the '90s Concert All-4-One


Stuck in the ’90s Concert

Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

Remember when …

… One phone call could ruin your dial-up internet surfing sesh?

… Date plans included a trip to Blockbuster?

… Corey and Topanga were bae goals (even though you still question whether Topanga is a real name)?

… Myspace Tom was everyone’s friend (but not really everyone’s friend)?

If you do, you’re probably a ’90s kid. Take a trip through your childhood to a time when R&B pop dominated the airwaves at the Stuck in the ’90s Concert, this Saturday at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Live performances by All-4-One, Shai and Forte will make you relive the awkwardness of a high school dance and make you feel old, all at the same time. Listen to some slow jams, hang out with other appreciators of ’90s-era hip-hop and R&B and, maybe, jointly commiserate about how today’s youth will never know the agony of 56 kilobits-per-second modem speeds.

$28, 21 years and older only. Aloha Tower Marketplace, 1 Aloha Drive. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Hello, Summer! Salt Bar Crawl, Featuring Waikīkī Brewing Co.

Saturday, June 24, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Night Market’s epic event last weekend may be over, but Salt at Our Kaka‘ako has plenty of fun in store for this summer. Come on Saturday for one of our favorite Salt events (which, obviously, includes beer): Salt’s monthly bar crawl takes place Saturday evening, from 5 p.m. until the bar shuts down. Kicking off summer, this month’s event will feature local beer pal Waikīkī Brewing Co., which will be offering some exclusive brews that have been aging just for this night. Participating bars you can get your Waikīkī brews on are Bevy Bar, Moku Kitchen and Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room. Hang out with the guys from Waikīkī Brewing Co. as they host games and giveaways during the event alongside the live music of Jai Rodgers and DJ entertainment.

Free, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information on this and other Salt events, go here.



Slander at The Republik
PHOTO: Courtesy of BAMP Project


Slander at The Republik

Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m.

What is heaven trap? Sure, you could hit up Google search. Or, you could head to The Republik this Saturday and experience the little-known EDM genre yourself, live from the electronic group that first created it. Though Slander is relatively new, and not much is known about the group, it only takes one listen to the single “Gud Vibrations” to know that band members Derek Andersen and Scott Land are anything but rookies. The two, who were frat buddies at the same college, started their careers DJing for fraternity parties. They later formed Slander and created a unique sound, which combined heavy bass and elements of hip-hop with uplifting melodies, and called it heaven trap. And the world seems to dig it: Slander’s past performances already include a long list of big-name music festivals, including EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowworld, Nocturnal Wonderland and Electric Zoo Music Festival.

$35, 18 years and older only. The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., Suite 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


11th Annual Kids First! Film Festival

Sundays, June 25 and July 9, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.

Has your child been acting more adultish lately? Does he tune in to the news and sigh, as if the weight of the world were on his shoulders? Do you feel all this exposure to the real world is making him grow up a little too fast? While it may be impossible to shield your child from all the harsh realities of adulthood, you can take a break from it all at the 11th annual Kids First! Film Festival, a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. A free event, families can enjoy short films, TV series and independent movies that are free of gratuitous violence, discrimination and condescension toward children. Among this Sunday’s lineup of screenings is an episode of Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!, an animated series by Grammy-winner Gwen Stefani about a girl band in a world inspired by Japan’s Harajuku trend.

Free, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2500 Campus Road, Art Building Auditorium. For more information and a full schedule of screenings, go here.


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