Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: October 14–16

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Hawai‘i Chocolate Festival


Taste: Sixth Annual Hawai‘i Chocolate Festival

Saturday, Oct. 15, noon to 5 p.m.

Did you know that Hawai‘i is the only state in the U.S. currently growing cacao? At the Hawai‘i Chocolate Fest, you’ll have a chance to get intimate with this very special fruit. One ticket grants admission into the festival and your choice of 10 samplings from some of Hawai‘i’s top chocolatiers. Learn everything there is to know about our growing chocolate industry, sample food and drink from more than two dozen local vendors and buy all sorts of Hawaiian-grown chocolate and chocolate-inspired treats. Not a bad way to spend your Saturday afternoon, amirite?

$20 presale, $25 at the door. Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here


Eat: Fourth Annual Oktoberfest at Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikīkī 

Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

If you’ve never enjoyed a cold, frothy beer with a plate of perfectly cooked bratwurst, well, you are kind of missing out. But, fear not, Kumpel, because it’s fall, and fall means Oktoberfest. At Hawai‘i Prince Hotel’s Fourth Annual Oktoberfest, you can go all-out German with an opportunity to try traditional beers, wines and liquors of Germany and fill up on bites crafted by special guest chef Guido Ulmann, who, when it comes to German cuisine, knows his stuff. The Edelweiss Trio will be there to provide live music, and more entertainment is available for anyone who wants to witness and/or partake in the bratwurst-eating challenge, chicken dance contest and stein-hoisting competition hosted by Samuel Adams. Think you’re ready?

$10 presale, $15 at the door, free for kids 5 and under. Mauna Kea Ballroom, Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikīkī. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF  Frolic Hawai‘i


Play: Hawai‘i Zombie Crawl 2016: Never Say Die

Friday, Oct. 14, 5 p.m.

If you see a mass of fashionably dressed zombies in Chinatown this Friday, don’t freak out—it’s just the annual Zombie Crawl. On this night, the living dead take over the streets of Downtown and Chinatown to patronize 13 participating venues and enjoy exclusive drink specials and live, local music. From 5 to 10 p.m., NextDoor offers zombification services with costume makeup that will help you blend in with the rest of ’em. Fun competitions, including a Zombie Pokémon scavenger hunt and Living Dead costume contest, are sure to keep things lively. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to Daniel Gray and Christa Wittmier (aka SuperCW), two very deserving peeps who need your help as they continue their fights against cancer.

$18 presale, ages 21 and over. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Play: 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Though Hawai‘i’s Hispanic community is small—only 9 percent of the state’s total population—it can throw a mean party. This year’s festival theme is “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” It takes place at Honolulu Hale, the same location as the event’s inaugural festival. It’s totally free and completely family friendly, with tons of live entertainment, kids’ activities, food booths, displays and art that celebrate all facets of Hispanic culture. Put a little Shakira in your step at a Latin dance workshop—afterward, 21-and-over adults can head to the festival’s first-ever beer tent for an assortment of thirst-quenching brews and tequilas that may or may not improve dance skills. 

Free, Honolulu Hale, on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, 650 S. King St. For more information, go here.


aloun farms pumpkin festival


Pick: Aloun Farms Pumpkin Festival Public Picking 2016

Saturdays and Sundays, from Oct. 15 to Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The state’s most farm-fun event is here, and there’s much more than pumpkin picking in store. Open every weekend from now until the end of the month, the event offers hayrides, farm-style food, games and fresh produce ready for purchase. There are more than a dozen types of pumpkins available—pick out your very own to buy and take home. For those who want a taste of the farm life, you can pick your own ‘Ewa sweet corn, sunflowers and string beans. It’s a bit of a drive from Honolulu, but we promise it’s worth it—there’s so much to do, you could easily spend the entire day here! Tip: Since there isn’t much shade, bring a hat and sunscreen.

$3 admission, Aloun Farms, 91-1440 Farrington Highway, Kapolei. For more information, go here.


Shop: Pure Joy Hawai‘i Trunk Show at Fighting Eel Kāhala 

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Every great outfit needs great accessories, and this Saturday, you have the opportunity to have both at the Pure Joy Hawai‘i trunk show, hosted by Fighting Eel’s Kāhala store. All of Pure Joy Hawai‘i’s jewelry is designed and crafted by Joy Graham, who went from hobbyist to business owner in 2007 and has had her jewelry in more than a dozen brick-and-mortars across the state. People—including us—can’t get enough of the delicate gold-fill necklaces, which come in different lengths and can be worn alone or layered for that urban-bohemian vibe.

Fighting Eel, Kāhala Mall. For more information, follow Pure Joy Hawai‘i’s instagram.