Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: November 11–18, 2020

Hit the drive-in for a hard-to-find crime film, listen to new Hawaiian music from an award-winning ensemble, take a hike on a Tuesday (we won’t tell) and shop safe.




I’m Your Woman at HIFF

Thursday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.

The show goes on for Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s annual fall celebration. This film, starring Rachel Brosnahan of the TV series sensation The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in a female take on 1970s crime drama, is one of the HIFF films only available in person and not online. It’s the latest from director Julia Hart (Stargirl) and producer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land). Next week, it shows again Nov. 19 at 5 and 8 p.m. at Consolidated Mililani. For the 40th year of the festival, organizers came up with a mix of virtual streams, small in-person events, drive-in cinemas and special Talk Story events with international filmmakers.


$30 for admission for two, $10 each additional adult, $8 child ages 3-11, Maximum five per vehicle, Ala Moana Center drive-in venue, second level between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.


Oahu Hike We Like Kalawahine Trail Payoff

Kalāwahine Trail offers a stunning view that doesn’t require a killer climb. Photo: Savannah L. Murray


Take A Hike

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Nov. 17 marks National Hiking Day, so head outside to one of our many O‘ahu hiking trails. From jungles and ridges to pine forests and waterfalls, there’s a legal and safe trail for every interest and skill level. Want a hike that’s dog-friendly, one that works with a stroller? Maybe you seek a stellar view without the killer cardio? We’ve got you. Head to our extensive list of tried and tested hiking guides.


Hookena Meanttobe Final

The album cover from the latest release by Hawaiian music ensemble Ho‘okena: Meant to Be. Photo: Courtesy of Ho‘okena



Listen to New Hawaiian Music from Ho‘okena

Ho‘okena—Nā Hōkū award-winning and three-time Grammy-nominated Hawaiian ensemble— recorded a new album featuring “Meant to Be,” a new Hawaiian jazz piece performed by band member Glen Smith and written by Island music icon Robert Uluwehi Cazimero. It’s also the title track of this 10-song collection that brings together the original band—34 years strong— and former bandmates for a welcome reunion during a time that’s made getting together so challenging. It’s also a treat to hear these familiar voices doing original tunes.



Sample Sale



Shop a Pop-Up Sale Outside

Saturday Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to noon

Remember when we routinely left our houses to shop? Here’s a chance to get out, stay outside and find some deals at a socially distant pop-up sample sale at The Republik’s parking lot this weekend. Organizers promise discounted gear for men, women and children from RVCA, Billabong and HAYN.


The Republik parking lot, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd.


November Ideas

Coping With Covid Art With Pua The Dog

The Coping with COVID art gallery in Kailua gets a visit from Pua the dog, who’s Treehouse Coworking owners sponsored the exhibit. Photo Courtesy of Treehouse Coworking.



Pandemic-Inspired Art

When COVID-19 shook us all up at once, local artists responded, too. And Treehouse Coworking in Kailua saw the pandemic as an opportunity to pull together a pop-up gallery on Coping with COVID.


Through Nov. 26, 44 Kainehe St., Kailua, (808) 367-4715,, @copingcovid808


SEE ALSO: A Pop-Up Gallery in Kailua Shows How Hawai‘i Artists React to a Global Pandemic


Kahiau Poke Cake Premium Rd

Poke cake from Kahiau Poke made with sushi rice, cold ginger ‘ahi and spicy ‘ahi with salmon and ‘ahi “frosting.” Photo: Robbie Dingeman



Poke Party

Being a writer in Honolulu comes with the enviable task of occasionally being paid to eat. Working on our October cover story on poke gave me a legit reason to keep going back to Kahiau Poke and that’s how I stumbled on this stunning poke cake, which I—of course!—immediately hinted my family might buy for my own birthday. Each cake is custom but there are examples on the website and this one with sashimi “frosting” costs $100. Tastes as good as it looks! —Robbie Dingeman, editor at large


1164 Smith St.,


SEE ALSO: 5 We Tried: We Searched for the Best Poke at Kahiau Poke and Provisions


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Follow Flower Power

“On Instagram I have been obsessed with amazing photography from around the world, particularly the flower and plant photos. Check #raw_macro and #macro_delight as a great introduction, then you can follow your favorite photographers, professional and dedicated hobbyists. It is pure joy to wake up each morning to see the photos of these talented artists, who offer us lovely and inspiring glimpses of our world. Many wow! moments.” —Debra Yuen, Kaimukī, @deb.yuen




Catching the Tokyo Wave

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 12, Amazon Prime

Hawai‘i’s own John John Florence injured his knee as he was vying to represent the U.S. in the Tokyo Olympics. A new film—Tokyo Rising—about the challenges he faced on his road to recovery drops this week on Amazon Prime Video and dives into his path to recovery.


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