Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: April 21– April 24

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

Photo: Cafe Julia website


Downtown Uncorked

Friday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.

It’s the end of the week and we totally feel like we deserve some wine-down time. Fortunately, Downtown Uncorked has our back. The event will feature wine tastings from Johnson Bros. of Hawaiʻi Inc. along with gourmet appetizers hosted by the lovely Café Julia. Highlights of the event are a specialty wine silent auction and a lucky draw for two Hawaiian Air tickets to the Mainland, a delicious five-course dinner for eight at Café Julia and an amazing wine-themed gift basket. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment. Cheers!
$40, Café Julia, 1040 Richards St.,


Sea Life Park Beach Cleanup

Saturday, April 23, 8–11 a.m.

Time to clean up your act. Or even better, do something for the environment and clean up the beach. In celebration of Earth Day, Sea Life Park will conduct a beach cleanup across Kalanianaʻole Highway from 8 to 11 a.m. If you’re one of the first 50 to show up to help spruce up the shoreline, you’ll get invited to visit the park free of charge following the event! Talk about good deeds being rewarded. All other participants will be offered a special rate of $9.50 to enter the park. Participants are asked to bring a bucket instead of plastic bags to store trash, as well as gloves and other protective equipment. Sea Life Park will have trash bins to collect the debris and will dispose of it. Free parking will be available at the Sea Life Park lot; just identify yourself as taking part in the beach cleanup and show your buckets to the attendant.
Sea Life Park, 259-2500,


Grow Hawaiian Festival  

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Ready, set, grow! Join the fun and celebrate Hawai‘i’s culture, native plants and sustainable lifestyles at the Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum this weekend. This totally free event gives the whole family a chance to learn traditional arts such as how to make lei, weave lauhala and print kapa, while also taking advantage of Bishop Museum’s native birds exhibit. Shop at the farmers market for fresh produce, native plants, Island-style apparel and locally made products and have fun participating in games and playing Hawaiian nose flutes and bamboo trumpets. Festival admission is free for kama‘āina and military with ID. Parking at Bishop Museum is $3. Free parking is available at Kapālama Elementary and Damien Memorial High schools.
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.,


Photo: Hawai'i Bicycling League website


25th Annual Hale‘iwa Metric Century Ride

Sunday, April 24, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Easy riders, assemble. The John B. Kelley Hale‘iwa Metric Century Ride begins and ends in Kaiaka Bay Beach Park in Hale‘iwa. Don’t worry about getting left in the dust. Everybody is encouraged to ride at their own pace, and all skill levels and ages are welcome. The scenic course, which will take riders through Hale‘iwa Town, then along the shores over Waimea Valley, Sunset Beach, Kahuku and Ka‘a‘awa, is mostly flat with a few moderate hills, so get your steed in gear and get ready to ride.
$25–$100, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park, 66-449 Hale‘iwa Road, Hale‘iwa,


1,000 Trees Giveaway

Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m.–noon

Speaking of growing, get your garden going at the 1,000 Trees Giveaway this Sunday. The Mānoa Branch of the Outdoor Circle and Mālama Mānoa will give away—you guessed it—1,000 trees and plants to the community. Attendees will be given a choice from dozens of fruit, shade and endemic trees, including kukui nut, mountain apple, coconut, kamani nut, plumeria, sea grape, hau, monkey pod, papaya and avocado trees. Yum, right? Also available will be monstera, spider lilies, taro, aloe, valentine vines, staghorn ferns, dracaena and grape ivy—and more! Arborists will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on the care and planting of trees and Boy Scouts from Troop One will assist with loading.
Mānoa Valley District Park Pavilion, 2721 Ka‘aipū Ave.,


Photo: Kai Markell; Waikīkī Community Center website. 


Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge

Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Calling all ocean enthusiasts! The Waikīkī Community Center will host its 31st annual benefit event, the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge, this Sunday, so head down to Duke’s Beach and Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort. Join both visitors and local community residents for a day of outrigger canoe racing, stand-up paddle board racing and ancient Hawaiian land games, including huki kaula, Hawaiian tug-of-war. 
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort, 2005 Kālia Road, 923-1802, ext. 109.