Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: May 27–30

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


Shop: Kāhala Mall’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale

May 27–30

Twenty-five percent off a mall full of merchants? Dream holiday weekend, here we come. Kāhala Mall is rounding up some of our favorite merchants for a three-day sale extravaganza that will keep you busy all through the long weekend. Participating stores are offering 25 percent off one item when you print the Savings Pass. And, check out this impressive list of places to pick up your goodies: Cinnamon Girl, The Face Shop, Honolulu Surf Room, Magnolia, Milo HNL, The Refinery, SoHA Living, Thinker Things, Up and Riding and more.
4211 Wai‘alae Ave.


Attend: Hululani: Contemporary Featherwork Expressions

Friday, May 27,  5:30 p.m.

Fly on over to Bishop Museum this weekend for a bird’s-eye view of history at this featherwork-inspired festival. Explore the contemporary roles and variations of Hawai‘i’s  rich featherwork tradition through storytelling and hands-on demonstrations, then learn about High Chief Kalani‘ōpu‘u. Guests can “soar” through Hawai‘i’s native forests at the exhibits and enjoy Hawaiian food, entertainment and the rest of the galleries. Food trucks and a cash bar will be dishing out food and drinks.
$15, 1525 Bernice St.,


Give: Girl Scout Flower Drive

Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.

Give the Girl Scouts a hand this Memorial Weekend at the annual flower drive, where gals from across the island will be collecting flowers. The blooms will then be crafted into lei and taken to the Hawai‘i Memorial Ceremony on Memorial Day. Gather up some of your yard’s prettiest pieces, then drop them off at the Macy’s parking lot in Windward Mall. It’s one beautiful way to celebrate the holiday and give to a good cause—plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to pick some flowers?
Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe.



Shop: Mahina Market

Saturday, May 28, 5–8 p.m.

We are suckers for local markets, especially ones that bring in local farmers, artists, live music, cocktails, yoga classes and … a pool party? Hey, we’ll take it! Turtle Bay Resort’s Mahina Market is being preceded by the Naked Turtle pool party at the Point Sunset and Pool Bar and has two major wins for us: the Naked Turtle team will be stocking sweet-sounding drinks such as the Turtle Bay Mangojito and the Blushing Turtle, and all proceeds from Naked Turtle Rum will go to support the Sea Turtle Conservancy to help save the turtles. After the Mahina Market itself, CorePower Yoga is offering a free live class while DJ Alissa Joe spins tunes. Ke Nui Kitchen and NS Kula Grille will serve food, while local vendors such as MojoBeebee Bikinis, Nak on Wood, Siren Booty, The Blonde Shark, Noho Designs and more will peddle their wares.
Ku‘ilima Point, Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku. Pool party from 2–4:30 p.m.



Eat: Easy Everyday Gluten-free Desserts

Sunday, May 29, 1–3 p.m.

Snacking on delish treats? Sweet. Doing it sans gluten? Even sweeter. Snag the skills on how to prep gluten-free delicacies for yourself at Cookspace this weekend. As part of the Cookspace Gluten-free series, you’ll be able to learn how to make delectable-sounding fruit crisp with oat topping and summer fruits, fudgy chocolate cookies and more from foodie and nutrition coach Deb Christensen. No-guilt goodies? Talk about good taste.
$52.36, Ward Village Shops, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd.,



Attend: Hawai‘i Lantern Floating 2016

Monday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.

Talk about one seriously pretty way to end the long weekend on a loving and thoughtful note. Watching the lanterns float out at Ala Moana Beach Park is now a beloved tradition in the Islands, both as a beautiful way to remember loved ones and for the inspiring way the city comes together (like, really close together—don’t go if you don’t like crowds!). Do yourself a favor, though: Plan early and stake out your seat on the beach well before the 6:30 p.m. start time if you want to avoid at least some craziness that happens once the herds of onlookers descend. For more tips, check out our post for what you need to know before heading to the lantern festival.
Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.