Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: November 18–25, 2020

Listen to some soulful music, run like a free-range bird, buy tickets to the hottest food event and shop an outstanding showcase that features many of the island’s favorite designers and makers.


Thunderstorm Artis

Photo: Courtesy of Brian Gagliardi


Thunderstorm Artis’ New Single: “The Prayer”

Available Nov. 20 on all streaming platforms

We rooted for him, hard, when he was on The Voice. Not only because he was from the 808, but because his smooth-as-aged-whiskey vocals soothed and comforted our souls. This week, the North Shore crooner is releasing his first single since his debut on the hit singing competition show. “The Prayer” is an ode to his faith and gospel music, and while it does showcase raspy runs, an Artis signature, it also highlights the singer’s undeniable register—his powerful belting moments took us to church!


SEE ALSO: Watch Hawai‘i’s Joseph Soul Audition for Season 19 of The Voice



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Mana Up’s Broadcast Showcase

November 20, 3 p.m.

Mana Up’s roster of local designers, artists and makers is beyond impressive and during its 2020 Broadcast Showcase, people from all over the world will get to hear, and see, for themselves what makes all of them special. Sharing their stories are owners and creators of Aloha Elixir, Aloha Modern, Ao Organics Hawai‘i, Haku Collective, Jules + Gem, Kapa Nui Nails, Napili FLO Farms, Ua Body, Vitalitea Hawai‘i and Yireh. Adding to the night’s festivities are performances by Josh Tatofi and Kimié Miner, along with other Hawaiian musicians making waves in the local music scene. Registered attendees will have access to limited-edition products, giveaways and discounts. This is one show you don’t want to miss!


Learn more and register for free at


SEE ALSO: Mana Up Gives 30 Really Good Reasons to Support Local Hawai‘i Companies


Turkey Trot

November 21 through 28

Birds of a feather can’t stick together this year so the Honolulu Marathon Clinic and Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club’s Turkey Trot is going virtual. From Nov. 21 through Nov. 28 runners can choose from three distances: 10 miles, 5 miles or 2 miles. Every run or walk must be completed in one session and participants will post their times on the race site. Of course, fun turkey costumes are welcome—there could be a prize for top tom—and all participants will receive a Thanksgiving-themed medal. Runners should carve some time for a random prize drawing via Facebook Live.


Registration ends Nov. 21; for more event information and details, click here 


MW Restaurant Desserts

Desserts from MW Restaurant. Photo: Courtesy of MW Restaurant



Buy Tickets For The 2020 Hale ‘Aina Celebration

Saturday, December 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Our 2020 Hale ‘Aina Celebration, presented by Mastercard and First Hawaiian Bank, is a drive-in dinner this year, featuring mouthwatering cuisine from five award-winning restaurants in the comfort and safety of your car. Attendees will swoon over MW’s luscious duo of chocolate buttermilk cake and strawberry matcha shortcake, a rich truffle carbonara from Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, an angry kim chee ‘ahi dip with crisp wonton chips from Nico’s Pier 38 and more. As the night continues, guests will enjoy a live performance by Streetlight Cadence—a four-piece band playing drums, violin, cello and accordion—refreshing mocktails crafted by talented mixologists, Iona dancers rolling around in clear balls (you have to see it to get it) and a sweet swag bag. Time to party.


International Market Place. Tickets are $200 to $360 and include access for two or four people per vehicle. You must remain in your vehicle—hanging out in your truck bed is OK—throughout the event. Click here for more info and to buy tickets.


SEE ALSO: 2020 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners: The Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i


Other Ideas


Watch A HIFF Drive-In Movie: Baby Done

November 20, 5:30 p.m.

Taika Waititi, one of the hottest (in every sense of the word) producers in Hollywood right now, presents Baby Done, a movie based on the emotional ride of pregnant, free-spirted Zoe—an aspiring adventurer and competitive tree climber. If it’s anything like Waititi’s other hilariously offbeat, off-the-chart box office hits, we’re in for a funny, unpredictable ride.


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


SEE ALSO: Where to Eat at Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s Ala Moana Drive-In Movies


Lauren Roth

Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Roth



Shop for the Cutest Locally Made Christmas Ornaments

Deck out your tree with cute AF (as Frosty) ornaments crafted from some of our favorite local artists. From Lauren Roth’s hand-painted Christmas tree balls and Nico Made’s spruced-up pineapples to Love and Monsters’ rope-wrapped rainbows, there’s so much love, peace and joy hanging around.,, @loveandmonstershawaii



Read: A Promised Land by Barack Obama

What is it like to be POTUS? Well, A Promised Land, the second memoir written by Barack Obama, offers readers real-life accounts of the Punahou alum’s life before, and in, the White House. Pages of politics, personal life (yup, the remarkable women in his life are honored) and the promise of a better future are bound to make this book a bestseller.


Released Nov. 17. $45, check for availability at Da Shop: Books + Curiosities, (808) 421-9460,


SEE ALSO: What to Read This November: 5 Hawai‘i Book Picks Recommended by Local Experts


Charcuterie from Off the Wall

Charcuterie from Off the Wall. Photo: Courtesy of Off the Wall



Bored? Check Out These Delicious Charcuterie Options

“I would say I’m a picky eater. I love to pick on food. Forget full meals; a lil’ bit of savory here, a lil’ bit of sweet there, and I’m all smiles. That’s why I bookmarked Kelli Shiroma Braiotta’s story about to-go charcuterie boxes. Perfect for intimate holiday dinners or a Netflix night in, all the options offer a cornucopia of salty meats, sweet fruit, creamy cheeses and, of course, comforting carbs.” —Stacey Makiya, senior fashion editor