Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: August 19–21

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


Shop: The 22nd Annual Made in Hawai‘i Festival

Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Make shopping your cardio this weekend because there’s a lot of ground to cover at the Made in Hawai‘i Festival. There are more than 400 local vendors to browse around and they’re selling everything from apparel to accessories, bath and beauty products, home furnishings and food. Plus, local musicians including Led Ka‘apana and entertainers including Frank DeLima will do performances throughout the weekend. Stick around for the cooking demonstrations from top Hawai‘i chefs, who will be using local produce and ingredients—even ones from the festival vendors—in their recipes, which you will get to sample.

$6 per person, free for children 6 and under, Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, 777 Ward Ave. For more information, go here.




Play: Soto Mission of Hawai‘i Betsuin Shoboji Bon Dance

Friday, Aug. 19, 7 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

As summer winds down, so does obon season. It’s not too late to attend one this year or go to another before it all ends in September. Stop by the Soto Mission of Hawai‘i Betsuin Shoboji Bon Dance this weekend. Join the dance circle with other festivalgoers and dance the night away. Grind on ‘ono food for purchase and check out the different games.

Soto Mission of Hawai‘i Betsuin Shoboji, 1708 Nu‘uanu Ave. For more information, go here.


Watch and Eat: Screen Cuisine: A Food Film Festival

Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21

Love food? Love chocolate? Love film? Indulge in all of it this weekend at Screen Cuisine: A Food Festival. The Hawai‘i Theatre will screen featured films The Hundred-Foot Journey, Eat Drink Man Woman, Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate throughout the weekend. Purchase film tickets à la carte through Hawai‘i Theatre. Partnering downtown restaurants will also be whipping up special dinner and movie packages that you can purchase through them. These restaurants are Palate Craft & Eatery, Restaurant Epic, The Pig & The Lady, Fête, Cake Envy and Madre Chocolate.

Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here. Contact partnering restaurants to purchase dinner and movie packages.




Attend: Duke’s OceanFest

Saturday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 28

Hang ten at Duke’s OceanFest, a nine-day sports event which kicks off this Saturday, Aug. 20. This event is held in honor of famous Hawaiian waterman Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered for spreading the sport of surfing, his athletic contributions and his aloha spirit. Duke’s OceanFest features water sports he loved, including longboard surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming and beach volleyball. Among the sporting events not to miss: Watch dogs catch some waves with their owners during the Going to the Dogs SurFur ComPETition event.

Various locations in Waikīkī. For the full schedule, go here.


Make: Wine & Design Island Beach Getaway

Saturday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Unleash your creative side at this paint party. No artistic background? No supplies? No worries. Wine & Design has you covered with everything you need from instructions to brushes to alcohol. Just reserve a spot and show up 10 minutes early to sign in and get situated. Then let the pros guide you through painting your own masterpiece that you can take home while you’re sipping on the supplied wine. Feel free to bring your own wine, beer and snacks. Wine & Design has cups, corkscrews and bottle openers. Change up your usual Saturday night routine. Wine not?

$45, Wine & Design, 25 N. King St. For more information and to reserve a seat, go here.


Play: Honolulu Pokémon Go Bar Crawl

Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

Travel bar to bar across the land searching far and wide during this Pokémon Go bar crawl in Chinatown. Purchase wristbands based on your team and proceeds from those sales will benefit local nonprofits. Proceeds from Team Mystic supports 808 CLEANUPS, Team Valor supports Hawaiian Humane Society and Team Instinct supports Autism Society of Hawai‘i. Lures will be dropped all night at poke stops near the participating bars. Start at Scarlet Honolulu and work your way through Nextdoor, Smith and King’s, Bar 35, Downbeat Diner, Proof Public House and Cake Envy. Wristbands will give you access to drink and food specials. You’ll want to dress up because you can win prizes in the costume contest and try your luck with raffles throughout the evening. 

$20, various bars in Chinatown. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.