Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: December 16–18

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jingle Rock Run


Run: Jingle Rock Run 2016

Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 to 8 pm.  

Joy, like the common cold, is infectious and easily passed from person to person. Help spread the holiday cheer at the fourth annual Jingle Rock Run, a family-friendly 5K course that’s perfect for all ages and levels of physical condition. This is a special fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i, a nonprofit that grants wishes to local children recently diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. With the course beginning and ending at the State Capitol Building, participants will be able to enjoy the Honolulu City Lights as they run, jog, walk or stroll along the course. Other events of the evening include a special pet division and a quick, half-mile keiki sprint for kids 12 and under. Festive attire is highly encouraged, so bring your Santa costume or deck your dog out in his or her holiday best.

$25–$40, Hawai‘i State Capitol Building, 415 S. Beretania St. For more information and to register, go here.


Shop: Pa‘akai Marketplace at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako

Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

This Friday, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako gives you another opportunity to spend money on yourself friends and loved ones this holiday season with Pa‘akai Marketplace, a shopping event held every third Friday of the month. Starting at 5 p.m., Pa‘akai will feature MAMo artists, crafters and cultural practitioners in a unique, local shopping experience—meaning special Hawai‘i items you might not find at your neighborhood shopping mall. This month’s event will have especially unique items in stock, as the marketplace welcomes the Kamehameha Schools Entrepreneurship Club, which will have handmade items made by members up for sale and display. Other local brands range from the super-famous Andy South label to lesser-known names in clothing and accessories you may have never heard of. Pets are welcome, so bring your pup.

SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information on this and future events at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, go here.


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Photo: Courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort


Dine: Royal Fanta-Sea Farmer’s Market at Ocean Lawn

Saturday, Dec. 17, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Waikīkī may cater to our Island visitors, but this event is worth the trek into Honolulu’s ritzy, glitzy tourist district. The Royal Fanta-Sea Farmer’s Market is brought to you by Royal Hawaiian executive chef Colin Hazama and offers the upscale produce shopping experience of your fanta-seas. The market opens at 10 a.m. for regular admission, which costs $30 (free for any keiki under 12) and includes a reusable gift bag filled with $15 worth of items from participating farms, an ‘ahi poke cup tasting and—best of all—complimentary validated self-parking. For those who want a more “royal” experience, VIP packages ($100 and $120, which includes wine with lunch) are available with added perks including early access to the farmer’s market at 9:30 a.m., bites of fresh fruits and pastries, exclusive food demonstrations by chefs Hazama and Shaymus Alwin and gourmet lunch. Participating farms include Kualoa Ranch, Hawai‘i Fishing Agency, Ho Farms, Kona Cold Lobsters and more, with some offering ready-to-eat dishes.

$30–$120, free for children under 12. The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, 2259 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here. To reserve admission, call the Dining Desk at 921-4600. 


Play: Star Wars Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Christmas, while worth celebrating, comes every year. This event is all about something much bigger, which takes place in a galaxy far, far away … To celebrate the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, releasing tomorrow in theaters, fans of the franchise come together to celebrate this momentous occasion while also doing a bit of good: Proceeds from ticket sales ($10 and can be purchased online until 10 p.m. on Saturday) will go to support Toys for Tots Hawai‘i and will help bring Christmas joy to youngsters in need. Note: Only monetary donations will be accepted at the event, so don’t bring toys! Also, the event hosts warn that anyone who spoils Rogue One for others during this event will be “taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful Sarlacc. In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.” Check.

$10, 21 and over only. Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St. For more information, go here. To purchase tickets, go here.


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Photo: Courtesy of Save the Waves Film Festival


Watch: Save the Waves Film Festival at the Turtle Bay Resort

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.

Remember when we called the travel into Waikīkī a trek? Well, getting to this event is, by comparison, a pilgrimage—but what better way for diehard fans to celebrate the sport than by enjoying a surf film festival held at O‘ahu’s iconic North Shore? Save the Waves, a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting coastal resources, has partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i and the Mauli Ola Foundation to bring O‘ahu a special screening of the touring Save the Waves Film Festival (check out the trailer for the festival here) at Turtle Bay Resort this Saturday. The festival includes a short film showcase and showing of the new film Bunker 77, centered around the life of legendary ’70s surfer Bunker Spreckles followed by a Q&A with its filmmaker Takuji Masuda. At 10 p.m., head to the resort’s Surfer The Bar for after-party drinks accompanied by the spinning talents of DJ Falcon.

$10–$50, The Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Shop: Holidaze Market in Chinatown

Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art+Flea partners up with the City & County of Honolulu, BAMP Project and more to bring Honolulu yet another awesome local event with Holidaze, a cultural festival of music, art and food taking place in Chinatown at Nu‘uanu and Pauahi streets. All ages are welcome to join in on the fun, with lots of local independent labels and emerging talent to experience and shop. Joining in on the celebration are Chinatown shops such as Blank Canvas, Owens & Co., La Muse and Roberta Oaks, which will be offering special discounts and deals for that day only. It’s a great way to support your local community and check out the new talent Hawai‘i has to offer.

Nu‘uanu and Pauahi streets. For more information on this and future events by Art+Flea, go here.


Play: SuperCW's Official Retirement (and Birthday) FUNraiser

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

If you know local nightlife powerhouse Christa Wittmier, you know her annual December birthday celebration is the best party in Honolulu all year. And if you don’t know Christa, now’s your chance to experience a party taken to the next level. This year’s shindig is doing double duty as a blowout retirement party, and it’s at the Hawai‘i Events Center, a large indoor/outdoor venue with two stages featuring musical acts including Verses Undefined, Castle Park, Already Sweaty, and DJs KUROKUMO, Bozz, Jem, Godiva and many more. There’ll be entertainment by Volary Aerial Burlesque, plus local fashion designer Matt Bruening will unveil a new inspired Spring collection on the runway. Don’t eat dinner before coming, either: There’ll be food from from Town Restaurant, Juicy Brew and a range of food trucks. Buy tickets here. Student discount at door with valid ID.

Hawai‘i Events Center, 985 Dillingham Blvd.