Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: June 30–July 4

Where to shop, play and see fireworks during Fourth of July weekend.

Shop: #TBT to Black Friday

Thursday, June 30, 10  a.m. to 9 p.m.

Believe it or not, half the year is gone, and that means we are halfway to Black Friday. Consider this your holiday-shopping warm-up: Eden in Love is throwing a mega Throwback Thursday sale to kick off the countdown to the busiest shopping day of the year. Just to give you a preview, sales from your favorite local brands like Jana Lam, Ten Tomorrow, Allison Izu and more will all be there. Just like Black Friday, the early bird gets the biggest savings. Receive 50-percent off from 10 a.m. to noon, 40-percent off from noon to 2 p.m., 30-percent off from 2 to 4 p.m., and 20-percent off from 4 to 9 p.m.

Eden in Love Boutique, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, 591-1005,


PHOTO: COURTESY OF Blue bird jewelry hawaii


Shop: Blue Bird Trunk Show

Friday, July 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Up your outfit-of-the-day game with sparkly accessories. You’ll want sophisticated and timeless staples you’ll keep on loving and wearing, and we know just the place to go. Pop in to Blue Bird Jewelry Hawai‘i’s trunk show at Fighting Eel. Shop the new mixed-metal earrings in oxidized silver and gold fill, and check out the line of bracelets. The first 20 people to spend $75 or more will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card  (limited to one per person while supplies last). And big spenders get bigger savings. Spend $100 on Blue Bird jewelry for 10 percent off, and $200 for 15 percent off.

Fighting Eel Downtown, 1133 Bethel St. Keep up to date on the newest designs @bluebirdjewelryhawaii on Instagram.


PHOTO: COURTESY OF Honolulu Museum of Art


Attend: Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2016

Saturday, July 2–Sunday, July 31

Remember the Eddie Aikau Invitational surf contest earlier this year? Perhaps you missed work that day or crashed your company’s wi-fi streaming it at your desk. If you’re looking for more swell times, you won’t want to miss the ninth annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival. This year’s film festival features daredevils then and now, and the best surf spots around the world.

$10 general admission, Opening night reception: $25 general admission, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. For the full schedule and more information, go here.


PHOTO: COURTESY OF Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest


Play: Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest

Saturday, July 2, 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Time to dust off the old kimono and happi coat because Obon season is in full swing and you know what that means: yummy food, andagi, dancing, andagi, crafts and—you guessed it—more andagi. And if you go, you might as well go big and head to Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest, Honolulu’s largest bon dance. More than 20 food vendors and 20 pop-up vendors will be on site and you can share your memories on social media thanks to the free wi-fi. Free parking is available at the Music & Law School parking lot on the University of Hawai‘i campus and a free shuttle will take you to and from the festival.

Old Varsity Theatre Parking Lot, 1110 University Ave. For more information, go here.


Attend: Hawai‘i Polo Sunday in the Country

Sunday, July 31, 1:30 p.m.

If you love a good ol’ game of polo or you just love horses, spend a relaxing Sunday out on the North Shore watching professional polo players compete for prestigious tournaments at the Hawai‘i Polo Club. Gates open at 11 a.m. Come early to claim a tailgating spot. For a more  refined afternoon, you can make reservations for clubhouse seating. The match starts at 2 p.m. and live music begins at 5 p.m.

$12 general admission, Hawai‘i Polo, 68411 Farrington Highway, Waialua. For more information, go here.


Play: North Shore July Fourth

Monday, July 4, starts at 2 p.m.

There are lots of Fourth of July events happening around town, so switch it up and head to Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore for a full day of fun. Eat The Street, featuring 36 food trucks, will be on site serving up tasty dishes and treats starting at 2 p.m. The 2016 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival begins at 2:30 p.m. and live performances will continue through 8:30 p.m. Stick around for the 15-minute fireworks display. For the 21 and older crowd, the party keeps on going at The After Party at Surfer, The Bar.

$10 per car, Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku.