Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: June 9–12

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

Play: Swing Dancing

Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Learn new moves when you join the Hawai‘i Jitterbugs in this beginner’s swing dancing series. No experience? No partner? That’s no problem. You’ll learn the basic six-count East Coast swing and the fundamentals for the eight-count lindyhop. This class runs for another five weeks and there’s still time to join in and get in the swing of things.

$5, Ong King Art Center, 184 N. King St.




Shop: Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i’s Fashion Friday

Friday, June 10, 4–8 p.m.

What better way to kick off the weekend than with fashion and food? Lucky for you, you can find both in one spot at Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i’s pop-up event. Come on down to the Butik where you can shop exclusive deals from Kira Hawai‘i, Florencia Arias, S.I.E Swim, Izzy and Luke, and Pualani Soap. Purchasing a $5 raffle benefits Make a Wish Hawai‘i, and you’ll be entered to win prizes. Enjoy cupcakes from Sugar and Spice Cupcake Co. and get fresh parfaits or acai bowls form The Stick and The Ball. Score a free parfait from The Stick and The Ball with any purchase of $25. Talk about a Fri-yay! Click here for more information.

The Butik, 1067 Kapi‘olani Blvd.


Eat and Drink: Wine and Chocolate Pairing Class

Friday, June 10, 7–10 p.m.

Wine and chocolate is one of our favorite BFF combos, so why not learn how to properly pair them? You’ll sample flights of different chocolates and some of the best vintage wines—from sweet to dry to full bodied and light. Learn about the chocolate-making process and how this duo’s rich histories intersect.

$40, Madre Chocolate, 20 Kainehe St., Kailua. Purchase tickets here.



Attend: Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Opens Saturday, June 11

Some fear them. Others are fascinated by them. But how much do you actually know about sharks? Dive into the Bishop Museum’s newest exhibit, opening this weekend, dedicated to the ocean’s oldest predator. Watch millions of years of evolution, come up-close to a great white shark’s jaw and learn about the shark fin trade. You just might walk away with a new respect for these sea creatures—and you don’t even have to get your feet wet.

$14.95 kamaʻāina, 1525 Bernice St.,


Give: Alex and Ani’s Lemonade Stand

Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m–9 p.m.

Here’s a way to socialize and raise money for a good cause: Head on over to Alex and Ani at Ala Moana Center to shop its new summer collection. There will be light refreshments, including an energy punch to sip on while you browse the store. Fifteen percent of total sales will be donated to the nonprofit organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which raises money to fight childhood cancer. How sweet is that?

Alex and Ani, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 3825



Attend: The Sailor Jerry Festival

Saturday, June 11, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.

To commemorate legendary tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins there will be an epic party in Chinatown—where Sailor Jerry opened his tattoo shop in 1960. That tattoo parlor is still there, now known as Old Ironside Tattoo, named after his talk-show alias. Learn more about the man who has a rum named after him. There will be tattoo specials, pin-up fashion shows, live art, vendor booths and music.

Various locations around Chinatown. To purchase tickets and for more information, go here.