Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: November 18–20

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i


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

Friday, Nov. 18, 4 to 8 p.m.

Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i is back, just in time to help you cross off your Christmas shopping list. This time, the event will be held at The Butik, and the shop is taking pity on our poor, post-HONOLULU Fashion Week wallets with some incredible pre-Black Friday deals, including up to 70 percent off in-store items at its location in the Ward area. While there, you can enjoy other deals from participating pop-up vendors, including Hawai‘i designers Me Hawai‘i, Blithe Bikinis, Yireh, Green Tea Leaves and more, plus sweet delectables by Chocolate and Vanilla Bakery. Raffle prizes will be given throughout the event to benefit the Hawaiian Humane Society. The cherry on top: free parking!

The Butik, 1067 Kapiʻolani Blvd., Suite A3. For more information on Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i, go here. For more information on The Butik, go here.


Listen: Hawai‘i ‘Ukulele Festival

Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Few things are as iconic in Hawai‘i as the ‘ukulele, and this weekend the ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawai‘i celebrates the jumping flea with three days of ‘ukulele-centered exhibits, activities and performances held in the heart of Waikīkī at the historic Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. The must-see event for all aficionados is the festival’s free world-class ‘ukulele exhibition, where you can learn about the history and culture of Hawai‘i’s favorite instrument, and eco-partners Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation will teach you about koa, the prized wood for building them. Enjoy workshops for makers and players of the instrument on Saturday, as well as kanikapila, held on Vintage 1901’s lānai space, throughout the weekend. The events—minus those involving dinner or brunch—are free for everyone to enjoy, so bring your ‘ukulele and bring your family!

$0–$89, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and schedule of events, go here.


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Listen: Third Eye Blind at The Republik

Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Think back to that age of innocence, before you could change the world with your vote and the only shot you were legally able to order was an espresso at Starbucks (not that you would—coffee was for boring adults who, for some reason, were always tired). If you were a ’90s kid, Third Eye Blind probably had a spot on your cassette mixtape. You can relive those songs of your youth, sans bulky boom box, at Third Eye Blind’s concert this Sunday at The Republik. All ages are welcome, though anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Showtime is 8 p.m., with doors to The Safehouse (the bar inside) opening at 6 p.m. for all you 21-plus concertgoers. Get there early, grab a beer and some pizza and complain together about how kids nowadays will never understand the struggle of making your crush a mixtape with a tape recorder and the radio.

$42 presale, $47 at the door. The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., #30. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Create: Zumiez Presents Converse: Create with Cons

Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 to 11 p.m.

Zumiez Presents Converse: Create with Cons is a fun, free event at Our Kaka‘ako that focuses on art, skateboarding and culture. Jam-packed with all sorts of activities, your Saturday evening is guaranteed to be a good time with a live mural painting by renowned local artist Mark Oblow, interactive art projects including the Chuck Taylor splatter wall, open skateboarding area (bring your board!), free limited edition custom screen printing, live music by special guests and lots more. Add on the opportunity to snag free stuff with tons of giveaways and prizes, and we’re so there! Don’t worry about your kid brother tagging along—it’s an all-ages event, so he’s cool. Don’t forget to RSVP using the link below. 

Free, 449 Cooke St. For more information and to RSVP, go here.


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Shop: Blue Bird Jewelry Hawai‘i x Fighting Eel Downtown Trunk Show

Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This past weekend, more than 40 local designers and retailers participated in HONOLULU Fashion Week’s Marketplace, a shoppable experience that was full of deals, beautiful local merch and (if our experience was the norm) a lot of inner monologue that mostly consisted of thoughts like, “I deserve this. I’m worth it. Merry Christmas to me. I’ll just eat Top Ramen for the next year or so.” If you didn’t make it to Fashion Week, you still have a chance to check out one of our favorite Marketplace vendors, Blue Bird Jewelry Hawai‘i, at Fighting Eel’s flagship store on Friday. Run by Jana Higa and her husband, Gavan, Blue Bird creates pieces that are simple, elegant and versatile—pair them with your best dress-to-impress date outfit or laziest weekend-casual T-shirt and shorts combo. At her trunk show, Higa will offer shoppers 10 percent off purchases of $100 or more and 15 percent off purchases of $200 or more.

Fighting Eel Downtown, 1133 Bethel St. For more information on Blue Bird Jewelry Hawai‘i, go here or follow its Instagram. For more information on Fighting Eel, follow its Instagram.


Play: Raise the Roof 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser

Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 to 10 p.m.

The ARTS at Marks Garage has been around for a while—15 years, to be exact. It’s throwing a well-deserved anniversary celebration this Saturday with an eclectic rooftop party filled with art, entertainment and, of course, fun! Tickets are all inclusive, and yours will get you bites and beverages from Andis Wines, Kona Brewing Co., J.J. Dolan’s, Palate Craft & Eatery and more. Entertainment is as eclectic as Chinatown itself, with a headline performance by local star Taimane and supporting gigs of afro funk, combat scene enactment, dance, comedy improv, roller derby—yes, you read that right— and lots more, jumbled together into one amazing, unpredictable night. Grab a ticket, invite your friends, and prepare to celebrate 15 years of Chinatown history.

$64–$80, free for children 12 years and under. The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu‘uanu Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.