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

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

Attend: 2016 Goodwill Goes GLAM! Fashion Show and Pre-sale

Thursday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.

Hawai‘i’s own Project Runway star Kini Zamora is producing the fifth annual Goodwill Goes GLAM! Fashion Show for a second year. Aspiring local designers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Maui College, Honolulu Community College and Kaimuki’s ME+U Sewing auditioned to be part of Zamora’s GLAM team. These chosen designers will be “dolling up” models with their original upcycled looks for the Doll Me Up fashion show. Following the show, Zamora will award two scholarships up to $1,200 to the designers he feels have the most industry potential. After the show, be amongst the first to shop the preview sale of more than 40,000 Goodwill GLAM! items.

$30 at the door, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. For more information, go here.


Shop: GLAM! Sale

Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24

Following the Goodwill Goes GLAM! Fashion Show on Thursday, July 21, there will be a large marketplace of chic, vintage and one-of-a-kind items collected from Goodwill Hawai‘i stores. For three days, shop name brands and fashion goods at bargain prices. This treasure trove will be a dream for any fashionista and you’ll want to check back each day because items get restocked every hour. Proceeds from the GLAM! sale will go towards Goodwill’s mission to help people with employment barriers reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

$4, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. For more information, go here.


Drink: Joy of Sake

Friday, July 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Hawai‘i loves sake. In fact, Honolulu has more sake-serving restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. Whether you’re an enthusiast, expert or you just want to drink on a Friday night, The Joy of Sake event will have more than 400 types of sake to sample. From robust and full-bodied, to refined and delicate, there’s something for everyone. And when you get hungry from all that drinking? There will be appetizers and entrées prepared by acclaimed local chefs and restaurants to complement the sake.

$105 at the door, Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here.



Play: Mango Jam Honolulu

Friday, July 22, 4:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

We wait all summer for those sweet mangoes to drop, baby, drop. So when they finally do, it calls for a celebration, at Mango Jam Honolulu. This family-friendly event honors one of Hawai‘i’s most beloved fruits and Island culture by bringing together live entertainment, food and craft booths, a beer garden and a farmers market that all highlight mango. You can also watch special demonstrations, including members of the Honolulu Woodturners who will show off projects using mango wood.

Frank F. Fasi Civic Center at Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St. For more information, go here.




Shop: Blue Bird Jewelry Third Anniversary Trunk Show

Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blue Bird Jewelry is turning 3, and you’re invited to its special trunk show. Shoppers will randomly draw from little sheets of folded paper upon arrival, for a mystery discount—10-percent, 15-percent, 20-percent, 25-percent or 30-percent off regularly priced merchandise. Plus, shiny new gemstone pieces will be making their debut.

Pakalana Room at Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive.


Volunteer: 7th Annual Sandy Beach Clean Up

Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to noon

Keep Hawai‘i beaches white and sandy, not trashy. RevoluSun Smart Home is partnering with the Surfrider Foundation’s O‘ahu Chapter for the seventh annual beach clean up. Sign-in starts at 9:30 a.m., and the first 100 people will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Just look for the RevoluSun Home and Surfrider tents. Volunteers can see how a sand-sifter works to separate out debris. So far, the cleanup has consistently removed more than 1,000 pounds of trash each year. After the cleanup, volunteers will be provided with a free lunch.

Sandy Beach, 8801 Kalanian‘aole Highway.




Eat: Farm-To-Chopstix 2016

Sunday, July 24, 4 to 8 p.m.

Lan Thai, also known as Drunken Master Chef of Happy’s Hawai‘i Green Catering, is teaming up with Timothy Golden of Beer in Hawai‘i to present a mini version of their Farm-to-Chopstix dinner. The event is hosted at Mari’s Garden in Mililani, Hawai‘i’s largest aquaponic farm. This isn’t a sit-down dinner, but there will be a number of organic food stations, and guests are welcomed to come at any time during the event to eat. Plus there will be craft beers.

$42–$50, Mari’s Gardens 94-415 Makapipipi St., Mililani. For more information, go here.