Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: July 15–17

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


Eat, Shop, Play: Best of Honolulu Event

Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We’re tooting our own horn with this one because we’re excited and proud to present the first-ever Best of Honolulu event. Each year, our readers vote for their favorite Honolulu businesses and our free and family-friendly event brings together some of the best in food, retail vendors, live entertainment as well as a keiki zone with games, rides and activities. Speaking of kids, if you have a child between the ages of 1 and 12 years old, HONOLULU Family Magazine will be holding its annual Cover Kids Search. A professional photographer will take your child’s photo on site and the normal $10 Cover Kids entry fee will be waived just for this event.

Honolulu Hale, 530 King St. For more information, go here.



Eat, Shop, Play: Hale‘iwa Arts Festival

Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Switch up your beach routine this weekend and head to the North Shore. While you’re there, stop by the Hale‘iwa Arts Festival for a celebration of the arts. Peruse artwork from more than 140 visual artists, including printmaking, leatherwork, glass, wood and ceramics. Learn more about different forms of art through demonstrations. The kids will keep busy with activities, and when you get hungry, head to the food vendors.

Hale‘iwa Beach Park. For more information, go here.



Give: Christmas in July WOOF-TACULAR

Saturday, July 16, 3 to 7 p.m.

It’s Christmas in July at Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery and Santa Claus is coming to town to celebrate. Deck out your pet in a Christmas attire for the costume contest for a chance to win prizes. Furry friends get treated to Christmas snacks and fun games. Since the Christmas spirit is also about giving, Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery is also collecting donations to support K9 Kokua with a K9 Giving Tree. Keri Nakahashi Photography is providing photos of your dog with Santa if you want a head start on Christmas photos, too.

Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery, 2961C E. Mānoa Road. For more information, go here.


Attend: The Cure Tour 2016

Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.

If you love the ’80s, you probably love rocking out to The Cure. The band returns to Hawai‘i this year with two shows, and guess what—it’s not too late to snag tickets. Sure, the band lineup keeps changing, but fans can count on iconic frontman Robert Smith to sing all the old favorites, including “Just Like Heaven” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” Plus, catch local band Ivory City Music on both nights, as they open the show. We’re in love.

Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave. To purchase tickets, go here.


Attend: ‘Ukulele Festival

Sunday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thousands will gather at Kapi‘olani Park to celebrate Hawai‘i’s most iconic instrument: the ‘ukulele. Since Roy Sakuma first started this free concert to showcase the versatile and dynamic instrument, the event has grown into a festival bringing together guest artists and people from all over the world. This year, watch as 800 children play the ‘ukulele together. You can also get free lessons, check out a range of ‘ukulele displays, giveaways and food booths.

Kapi‘olani Park, 3840 Paki Ave. For more information, go here.



Attend: Full Moon Circle

Sunday, July 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

If you’re already vibing with Noelani Hawai‘i’s latest collection, featuring boho and soulful pieces, you’ll want to keep the positive energy flowing with the Full Moon Circle event. The jewelry line’s creator, Noelani Love, will lead a group of women in an intention-setting meditation on the beach under the moonlight. Here, women connect and celebrate together as they share their intentions with each other and exchange support. Feel free to bring a beach blanket, tea or water, snacks and instruments.

$10–$20 suggested donation, ‘Ehukai Beach Park, Hale‘iwa. For more information, go here.