Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: November 4–11, 2020

Make like a (free) tree, let your photo cheer on the Warriors at Aloha Stadium, watch a hula festival and get tickets to Hawai‘i’s biggest film festival.
Arbor Day Hawaii 2020

Photo: Courtesy of Arbor Day Hawai‘i



Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Saturday, November 7, various times

If you killed that garden you planted during the first lockdown this spring, or even if you  haven’t, this weekend you can pick up a free tree or shrub for your yard to help the regreening of Honolulu. Arbor Day giveaways are different this year: Most locations will be drive-thru only; Kailua will have kūpuna hours and take reservations; Wahiawā residents will pick up on Friday; and Pearl City will not have a drive-thru, but a reserve and pickup system to be announced later. There is no distribution site downtown. Bring a vehicle that is easy for workers to load a plant into and remember your mask.


Friday, Nov. 6, 2 to 6 p.m. (or until supplies run out) at New Hope Center, 945 Kīlani Ave., Wahiawā. Saturday, Nov. 7 in Kailua, Leeward O‘ahu and the North Shore. Times vary.


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UH vs. New Mexico

Saturday, November 7, kickoff is 6 p.m.

For the first Warriors home game of the season against New Mexico, Aloha Stadium will be closed to fans, but you can add your own cardboard cutout to the stands (then try to spot yourself on TV) for $50. UH lost the past few games against the Lobos, but the Warriors have won every home opener since 2015, so here’s hoping new UH head coach Todd Graham can add another win to his record. Keep your Instagram feed public to enter to win prizes. The best tailgating photos (use #BowsTailgate) earn an Under Armour Prize Pack. Answer the Bows trivia questions posted in @hawaiiathletics Instagram stories to snag UH swag at the end of the first and third quarters.


Watch on Spectrum Pay-Per-View, channel 969, or listen to Bobby Curran and John Veneri on ESPN 1420 for free. The kickoff show on 1420 with Chris Hart and Gary Dickman begins at 4 p.m.


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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino



Prince Lot Hula Festival

Premieres Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m. on KHON, and KHON’s YouTube channel

Sit in front of the largest TV you have and it might feel like you’re watching the state’s biggest noncompetitive hula festival in person. OK, maybe not. But we’re still happy the Prince Lot Hula Festival was not canceled this year. The new two-hour special features hālau dancing at Queen Emma Summer Palace, so expect beautiful greenery surrounding the 11 performances of kahiko and ‘auana. If you miss the show on TV, Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Facebook page will stream it on Monday, Nov. 16.


The special will air again on Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. on KHON and Sunday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. on KHII. 


SEE ALSO: How 5 Popular Ethnic Festivals in Honolulu Adapt While Keeping Traditions Alive

Hawai‘i International Film Festival

November 5-29

The showcase for local and international films starts this week with three different ways for you to watch movies from across the globe. Just about 25 selections will be shown in Consolidated Theatres locations and 15 will be offered in drive-in movie theaters at Ala Moana Center, Windward Mall and the Varsity building parking lot near UH Mānoa. The majority of the scheduled films will be streaming online. So, you will likely have to make your own popcorn (even Consolidated Theatres’ concession stands are closed for now) but you can watch the movies any time, and even multiple times, between Nov. 5 and 29. The $80 limited pass gives you access to more than 150 streaming features and shorts so you can plan an entire month of binge watching.


$8 for each streaming film, $14 for tickets to theater shows. Passes range from $80 to $450., @HIFFHawaii

November Ideas

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Photo: Bess Press


Read Local Books

We asked one of our favorite bookshops to pick five titles for those rainy, or really any, nights in.


SEE ALSO: 50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Play in Sunflowers

The pumpkin patch is closed but the sunflower fields in Waimānalo are open for photo ops or just for you to wander through for a sunnier disposition.

Shop Local

On Saturday, Nov. 7, stop by the Aloha Home Market in Kailua or stay in to watch Ten Tomorrow unveil deals of up to 50% off on Facebook live, including discounts on Jules + Gem Hawai‘i scents, Misha Hawai‘i and Auds & Ends accessories.

Listen to Anuhea Live

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning entertainer is slated to take the stage Thanksgiving weekend.