Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: March 16–19, 2017

A lineup of the weekend’s best events.

Though you could spend this weekend partying it up for St. Paddy’s Day (and then recovering from said partying), there’s so much more to do! Yes, you should still get your shamrock on this Friday, but there are also films to watch, plays to see and rubber duckies to race.


Rubber ducks
Photo: Courtesy of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i


Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race

Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

Giving back to the community will be duck soup this Saturday, when 20,000 plastic yellow friends take a plunge into the Ala Wai and race to the finish line, all as a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i. Duckie adoptions are a mere $5, and prizes will be awarded to the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and 30th quacking finishers. The grand prize includes a trip for two to Disneyland, “home of the original duck.” Pre-race festivities start at 9 a.m. at McCully Shopping Center, so stop by early to get in on the fun!

Admission is free; $5 adoption fee, Ala Wai Canal, Kalākaua Avenue bridge. For more information and to register, go here.


St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Friday, March 17, 6 p.m.

Don some green gear and get your Irish on for Murphy’s Bar & Grill’s annual fête. Nuʻuanu Avenue and Merchant Street will be blocked off for the big celebration, which has been dubbed “the grandest St. Patrick’s Day party in the Pacific.” Enjoy live music, DJs, dancing and, of course, lots of food and drink. In fact, you’ll be dining for a good cause, because Murphy’s is donating $2 per pound of corned beef sold throughout the week to the Hawaiʻi Children’s Cancer Foundation. So don’t feel guilty about stuffing your face—the patron saint of Ireland would want you to.

Free, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 2 Merchant St. For more information, go here.

Photo: Courtesy of the Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council



Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m.

Good morning, Baltimore! This is the last weekend to catch big-haired teenager Tracy Turnblad and her dance moves at Mamiya Theatre. Directed by Kyle Kakuno, this production features a cast of more than 40 high school performers from Saint Louis School, Sacred Hearts Academy, Punahou School, UH Lab School and Roosevelt High. Watch as Turnblad transforms from social outcast to sudden star, then uses her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ’do!

$18–$22, Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre, 3142 Waiʻalae Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Beautiful Music + Joe’s Violin

Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Expand your musical horizons and get a taste of Jewish history with two short documentary films being shown in honor of the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival. Beautiful Music is the true story of Devorah Schramm, an American-born Orthodox Jewish pianist and composer who teaches piano to a 9-year-old blind and severely autistic Palestinian girl in the worst days of the Intifada. Joe’s Violin highlights the life of 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold, who donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of 12-year-old Bronx student Brianna Perez. If you’ve been slacking on those philanthropic New Year’s resolutions, chances are these films will be the push you need to get going and get giving.

$8–$10, Doris Duke Theatre, 901 Kīna‘u St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.