Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: July 8–10

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


See: The Miyazaki Ghibli Film Festival

Friday, July 8–Sunday, July 10

Your favorite furry forest neighbor, Totoro, and other loveable Studio Ghibli characters are coming to the big screen during The Miyazaki Ghibli Film Festival. Known for his cute, imaginative and fantastic animations, internationally acclaimed animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has touched the hearts of those young and young-at-heart with his coming-of-age films. The festival partnered up with Art + Flea, so you can shop the local vendors, and The Pig & The Lady, who will be serving a one-night feast dinner on Saturday, July 9, with menu items inspired by the films. Be sure to book a reservation if you want a seat. There will also be live entertainment, arts and crafts workshops and a cosplay contest.

The Pig & The Lady’s feast dinner: $69 dinner and movie, $55 dinner only. Film tickets are $15 for adults, Hawai‘i Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, go here.



Attend: The 54th Annual Hawai‘i State Farm Fair

Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shake your tail feathers and mooove it on over to Kualoa Ranch this weekend for the Hawai‘i State Farm Fair. Sure, the kids will love the rides, seeing live animals and experiencing what a day on the farm is like. But there’s something for everyone at the numerous educational exhibits in the Department of Agriculture’s Pavilion, plus some of the freshest grown produce and diverse plants at the Kamehameha School’s Country Market and Plant sale. Enjoy the live entertainment and stick around for different demonstrations. If you happen to posess the particular talent or just want to have some fun, join the stage contests for watermelon eating, corn husking and chili pepper eating.

$5 general public, free for children and students with valid student I.D., Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe. For more information, go here.


Attend: TEDxHonolulu

Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.

You know that feeling when you’re in the zone, jamming away at your task at hand and everything seems to just flow? This weekend’s TEDxHonolulu event, “FLOW: Reaching Our Greatest Potential,” at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall, focuses on tapping into that flow to enhance your life in significant ways. The lineup of innovators and speakers includes local artist Solomon Enos and local DJ Christa Wittmier, and you get a chance to chat with them during the meet and greet. It’s sure to be an exciting and inspirational event. Now that’s a flow we’d like to go with.

$80, Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Make: DiscoverArt Chinatown

Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover art, and then make some of your own every second Saturday of the month. This month, check out the latest exhibits at The ARTS at Marks Garage and Louis Pohl Gallery. On The Spot Improv will be performing short dramas and comedies made up “on the spot” with audience participation. Plus, you can check out silk screens and ceramics on Bethel Street. There are also hands-on activities including arts and crafts and workshops.

Nuuanu Avenue and Hotel Street, Chinatown. For the full lineup, go here.



Shop: The Cut Collective’s Grand Opening

Saturday, July 9, 2 to 8 p.m.

The Cut Collective relocated to Ward Village a couple of weeks ago but is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. And that means major sales and specials just for you. Light refreshments will give you energy as you shop the brand’s new styles. Plus, the first 25 people to spend over $250 will receive a free gift. Devoted followers of the brand can rejoice for double points day. And, to top it all off, there’s an interactive photo booth so you can show off your new outfit of the day.

Ward Village, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1460.


Give: Girl, Boi, Grrl: A Fundraiser for Pulse Orlando

Saturday, July 9, 10:15 p.m.

Party like an animal—and for a good cause. Pretty Peacock Productions presents a gender-bending extravaganza to raise funds for Orlando’s LGBT community. The night also celebrates a decade of neo-burlesque in Hawai‘i, so get ready for a hot mess of glitter and fierceness in drag, dance and burlesque performances. Glam up and dress your best because there will be a costume contest for best party attire.

$15 at the door, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. To purchase presale tickets, go here.