Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: March 10–17, 2021
Turn your home into a greenhouse, giggle hard at a comedy show and “Shout!” at Diamond Head Theatre.
Opens Thursday, March 11
For all the plant parents out there, this one is for you. Simply Garden, a pop-up shop in Kāhala Mall located next to its sister store, Simply Organized, is opening this Thursday. In the new space, green thumbs will dig the selection of charming indoor and outdoor planters, lively succulents and air plants from local nurseries, seeds from the UH seed program, fun gardening kits and accessories, and dirty (soil, fertilizers) nursery necessities. City Mill, the parent company of both businesses, hopes this new pop-up will encourage people to welcome nature into their homes while growing the local gardening community.
Open daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., 4211 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 739-7007
Blue Note Comedy Series: Aida Rodriguez
Sunday, March 14, 6 and 8:30 p.m.
She’s ready to make us laugh our bums off. Aida Rodriguez is a mother, comedian, actress, activist and writer who turned her hard-knock life into hilarious moments on stage. The Afro-Latina comedian has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out and released a Netflix special in 2019. Expect laughing-till-you-pee fun as she delivers witty, wise-cracking jokes about sexuality, race and family dynamics. Think Kevin Hart, but 9 inches taller.
$25–$35, 2355 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotehawaii.com
Shout! The Mod Musical at Diamond Head Theatre
Diamond Head Theatre is open! That’s reason to shout. Or, watch Shout! The Mod Musical, which is the first show of 2021 for DHT. The one-act play, with no intermission, follows five female singers facing coming-of-age challenges on and off the stage. Catchy tunes, dynamic costumes and hair-raising trends from the 1960s play big roles in this lively, liberating musical. The lobby will open 30 minutes before the show starts to allow time for temperature checks; masks are required.
$22, 520 Makapu‘u Ave., (808) 733-0274, diamondheadtheatre.com
Drive-In Movie at Holy Nativity School
March 11–14, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.
Wrangle the kids, pack some pillows and grab the kaki mochi: It’s drive-in night at Holy Nativity School. Playing on the big screen, next to the school’s thrift shop, are Disney’s Onward, a heartwarming (and hilarious) journey of two brothers trying to spend one last day with their dad; and action-filled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. For the 5:30 show, gates will open at 4:15 p.m. Cars for the 7:45 show will be allowed in at 6:30 p.m. Lawn chairs, mopeds and motorcycles are prohibited. Cars will be distanced 6 feet apart and masks are required outside of the vehicle. And, to get the evening really poppin’, families can pre-order Carousel Candyland’s buttery, movie-style popcorn when purchasing their tickets.
$23 per vehicle, $31 for vehicle and popcorn, $10 donation to the school can be added. 5286 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, holynativityschool.org
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Shop for Pastels
Easter eggs aren’t the only things going light and bright this season. Local designers are whipping out fashions and accessories in sweet spring hues including cotton candy pink, periwinkle blue and lemon yellow. Our faves: Linen blend trousers from At Dawn, corduroy strap-back hats from Fitted, and Aloha Collection’s reversible Tiare Lei by Samudra Holo Holo tote.
March 14 is National Pi Day. OK, so it’s more of a math celebration, but we’ll find any excuse to indulge in a warm, buttery triangle (our nod to geometry) of comforting pie. Our current pick? A creamy, silky custard option from Kāne‘ohe Bakery, which sadly closes at the end of the month. Any way you slice it, it’s bittersweet.
45-1026 Kamehameha Highway, open Wednesday through Sunday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., (808) 247-0474
Watch NBC’s Young Rock
In the pilot episode, Dwayne Johnson relives his hanabata days with his ‘ohana in Hawai‘i, which includes his pro-wrestling “uncles,” Andre the Giant and Randy Savage. The nostalgic fashions and hairstyles alone are TV gold. Another reason to watch? One of the show’s creators and producers is Nahnatchka Khan, a local girl and Kaiser High School alum who wrote and produced Fresh Off The Boat and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.
Episodes air every Tuesday, 7 p.m. on NBC
Shop Aloha Home Market
Saturday March 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where all da wāhine at? The theme for this weekend’s Aloha Home Market is Women’s Day. Incredibly talented female artisans are always a part of the Kailua pop-up, so support them by purchasing mouthwatering mochi, flowy frocks, gemstone jewelry and much more.