Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: April 14– April 17

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Play: 25th Annual ‘Iolani Fair

Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, noon–10:30 p.m.

Get ready to kick your fair game into high gear this weekend. ‘Iolani School is hosting its 25th annual ‘Iolani Fair and the theme is Race to Space. Look for exciting games, rides and crafts for fairgoers, as well as a gourmet food menu and a petting zoo. Plus, convenient parking and trolley service are available at nearby Kaimukī High School so you won’t have to worry about travel distraction from serious fun. Kiddos will love Keiki Country, which features pony rides, a petting zoo and amusements for the little ones, local chefs will give live cooking demonstrations and E.K Fernandez will tote along their family-friendly rides. Foodies, get ready: This year’s food options include clam chowder, chicken mole tacos, shrimp pasta puttanesca, porchetta sandwiches, bulgogi wraps, layered banana pudding, strawberry pavlova, crème brûlée, bubble tea and coffee jelly.
‘Iolani School, 563 Kamoku St.


Attend: Shazam! Dance + Science

Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. Showings run through April 24.   

Most of us probably remember science class as being a total snooze. So, why are we suggesting you spend the weekend getting your science nerd on? Hear us out: The Kennedy Theatre Shazam! Dance + Science performance explores scientific theories with the dynamism of dance. Choreographed by UHM faculty and guest choreographers and showcasing undergraduate and graduate student dancers, this is the program’s annual dance concert and is sure to show you another side of science, thanks to top-tier performers and lighting and sound effects you won’t want to miss.
$7–$22, Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Purchase tickets here.


Watch: Let’s Duet: A Night of Comedy Duos

Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

You know what they say: This world was built for two. Double the pleasure, double the fun. The more the merrier. If that’s the case, this weekend’s Ong King Art Center comedy performance is going to be twice as funny as the last comedy show you went to. Let’s Duet: A Night of Comedy Duos pairs improvisers from around the community with a fellow funny man (or woman). Together, the pair will build a doubly funny show. The best part? They’ll base the show on audience suggestions. That, and the $5 All-You-Can-Drink kava.
$10, 184 N. King St.





Attend: Honolulu AIDS Walk

Sunday, April 17, 8 a.m.–noon

OK, this is an intervention: Get off the couch, turn off the TV and get some exercise in! We have the perfect opportunity to do that: the 25th annual Honolulu AIDS Walk at the Kapiʻolani Park. The event benefits Life Foundation, a local organization that provides free HIV testing and care services for people living with HIV/AIDS on Oʻahu, so you’re sweat goes to a good cause. The Honolulu AIDS Walk opens at 8 a.m. for walker check-in and pre-walk entertainment, and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Walkers can now register as individuals or as a team with their friends, family and co-workers online.
Kapiʻolani Park,




Attend: Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar

Sunday, April 17, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Shop, eat, absorb a little local culture? Sounds like a pretty sweet weekend to us. At the Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar this weekend, you’ll find all that and more. The whole family is invited to stop over for games, food, entertainment and drinks, while hidden treasures and handcrafted creations from Hongwanji temples around the island will be on view for guests to check out. And, of course, you’ll be able to get some retail therapy in at the bazaar: Don’t miss checking out baked goods, plants, fresh produce and cookbooks, plus a rummage sale.
Honpa Hongwanji Hawaiʻi Betsuin,1727 Pali Highway.