Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: May 19–22
Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.
Attend: Annual Horse Show & Country Fair Fundraiser
Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
The pony-loving little kid in you is about to have one magical weekend. Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaiʻi (THH) is hosting its Annual Horse Show & Country Fair Fundraiser at the Waimānalo Polo Field and it features games, food and craft vendors, tack sale, a bounce house and … pony rides! The event is totally free to attend and all sales go to benefit the nonprofit. THH’s riders will compete in mounted events as well, so guests can cheer on their favorite horse, er, person. And talk about supporting a good cause: THH specializes in riding instruction for special-needs individuals and even has a team of mini horses that visit individuals who cannot attend the programs, due to physical or financial reasons.
Free, Waimānalo Polo Field, thhwaimanalo.org. Photos from the THH Facebook page.
Shop: Rebecca Beach Studio Sale
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Summer is so close we can smell it, and you know what that means: beachwear stock-up. We’re huge fans of the on-point, endless-summer style at Rebecca Beach and Diamond Head Beach House, which has all the teeny denim shorts, bikinis and accessories you’d ever need. Plus, this weekend the ladies behind the fashion are getting us all geared up for sea, sand and sun season with a studio at their Kaimukī location. Look for markdowns and sweet deals on some of your favorite brands from the boutiques, such as AG Jeans, One Teaspoon and L Space. Summer, here we come!
1120 12th Ave, 772-4150.
Attend: 4th Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival
Sunday, May 22, 4 a.m.–7 p.m.
Ready, get set, go to the Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival. It’s the only event of its kind in Hawai‘i, bringing Japanʻs Ekiden tradition of a marathon-length relay race to the Islands. Team members pass a sash along to each other throughout the course of the run, which takes teams through five relay stations. In fact, every sash contains an electronic chip that will register the relay stations—so not cheating! Cut-off time to finish the course is six hours, then check out the culminating concert at the Waikīkī Shell. There will be performances by international superstar group Magic! and Japanese music icon Hiromi Go.
$130–$360, Kapi'olani Park, hnlekiden.org. Photos from hnlekiden.org.
Drink: Wild Drinks & Cocktails Workshop with Emily Han
Sunday, May 22, 3–6 p.m.
Your go-to drink recipe involves opening up a beer, but no more. Get you game up to par with Emily Han, author of Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home. She’ll be at Morning Glass Coffee and Café for a workshop teaching novice mixologists how to make delicious and creative cocktails using local and healthful herbs, flowers and fruits from your backyard and farmers market. Through hands-on activities, demonstrations and tastings, you’ll learn techniques for crafting seasonal syrups, infusions, mocktails and cocktails. There will also be a book signing at the end. Cheers!
$50, Morning Glass Coffee and Café, 2955 E. Mānoa Road. Buy tickets at the Eventbrite page. Photo from emilyhan.com.
Watch: Mana Wairoa Māori Shorts
Sunday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.
Dinner and a show date this weekend? Sounds perfect, especially now that we’re smack in the middle of the Aotearoa New Zealand Film Showcase 2016. The Wairoa Māori Film Festival was founded in 2005 with the purpose of supporting, recognizing and presenting the indigenous storyteller narrative. This stunning selection of short films directed by Māori was hand-picked by Wairoa Māori Film Festival director Leo Koziol. The seven selected works deal with topics that include poverty, family, culture, the supernatural and war, as well as one science-fiction piece, Tawhiti, that’s got us intrigued: The plot follows Ruanui who, after returning from Mars, tries to convince his wife and daughter to return with him to start a new life.
$8–$10, Doris Duke Theatre, 901 Kīna'u St.
Attend: Ho‘omau: The Perpetuation of Kapa
Through Tuesday, May 31
Experience the beauty and skill of our native practitioners—and learn a lil bit while you’re at it—at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s new kapa exhibit. Fourteen barkcloth works by local kapa practitioners and artists will be on display, with contributions from Pam Barton, Kau‘i Chun, Pualani Lincoln Maielua, Philip Markwart, Juliette May Fraser, Marie McDonald, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, Dalani Tanahy and Viliami Toluta‘u. The exhibit will be showcased in the Public Places Collection and is meant to be a celebration and recognition of the perseverance of kapa practitioners and artists who keep the artform alive.
Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St.
Who: Diesel, Ala Moana Center
Deal: Up to 50 percent off select items
Who: Bauble Bar
Deal: 30 percent off with code STOCKUP30
Who: Calypso St. Barth, Royal Hawaiian Center
Deal: Up to 25 percent off select items
Who: Ashley Homestore
Deal: 25 percent off select items
When: Through June 16
Who: Perfumania, Ala Moana Center
Deal: 30 percent off select items
When: Through May 26
Who: The Trend Boutique
Deal: 40 percent off with code CHASE40
Who: Zumiez, Royal Hawaiian Center
Deal: Buy one men’s tee and get one 50 percent off