Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: October 21–23

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


Shop: Food and Products Show

Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i brings local brands together again for another event! This Sunday, head to the East Side of the island and shop from more than 25 of O‘ahu’s locally made clothing, accessories and food vendors. Blithe Bikinis, 19th and Whimsy and Florencia Arias are just a few of the pop-ups there to feed your fashion appetite. More interested in something that sparkles? Kira Hawai‘i, Pure Joy Hawai‘i and Komakai Jewelry have you covered. Plus, Bao Tao’n, Chocolate and Vanilla 808, Paradise Kettle Corn and lots more have snacks on the ready for when you get the munchies.

Free, Hawai‘i Kai Retirement Community, 428 Kawaihae St. For more information, go here.


Reserve: Centering Your Brand: Building You and Your Business Within Your Community

Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event isn’t this weekend, but it’s such a big deal that we wanted to put it on your radar ASAP. Centering Your Brand is a two-day intensive workshop for professionals in creative industries who want to strengthen their goals, voices and expressions in their field. The workshop is led by Bliss Lau, uber-successful jewelry designer and mentor from Creative Lab Hawai‘i Fashion Immersive, along with her Parsons School of Design colleague Jasmine Takanikos. If you’re even the tiniest bit interest, keep in mind that there are only 18 spots open for this class, and they’ll surely go fast!

$75, 18 spots available, deadline to register Nov. 1. Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. For more information and to register, go here.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF  The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort


Dine: Fanta-Sea Dining Series: Kahuku Sea Asparagus & Kona Cold Lobsters

Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

This is the real life, this is just Fanta-Sea—a special, bimonthly dining series led by the Royal Hawaiian's executive chef, Colin Hazama, with dishes that highlight local farmers and ingredients. This two-day event kicks off on Friday night with a complimentary reception and five-course dinner (see the full menu here—it's pure culinary poetry), prepared by chef Hazama and featuring the event's two star ingredients. Saturday starts bright and early with a morning excursion (leaving at 8:30 a.m. sharp!) to Olakai, the Kahuku sea asparagus farm owned by Dr. Wenhao Sun. Then, chef Hazama demonstrates some techniques for incorporating this unique vegetable in cooking, followed by lunch and the trek back to the city at 3 p.m.

$150 and up, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, 2259 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here. To make reservations, call 921-4600.


Watch: Pōhaku at Hawai‘i Theatre Center

Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Choreographer Christopher Morgan and many other creatives combine forces in the unique, distinctly Hawaiian masterpiece Pōhaku, the Hawaiian word for stone. Fusing elements of hula, modern dance, storytelling, music and projection design, Morgan interprets his personal stories and draws inspiration from his late cousin, kumu hula John Kaimikaua, to explore very real and universal themes of Hawai‘i’s native people. Feelings of disconnection, fractured identity and land loss are just some of the topics Morgan touches on in Pōhaku.

$47–$57, Hawai‘i Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 528-0506, or in person at the Hawai‘i Theatre box office.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery


Play: Howl-o-ween Wolf-tacular

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 to 6 p.m.

All the Halloween activities your pup could dream of are at the Howl-o-ween Wolf-tacular, a free event that’s a treat for dogs, no tricks required. Pups and their families are invited to Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery in Mānoa this Sunday for Halloween games, doggie trick-or-treating, witch's broom doggie limbo and a pumpkin patch hunt to raise money for the Fur-Angel Foundation Education. Dress your furry friends in their best costumes for a chance to win the doggie Howl-o-ween costume contest!

Free, Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery, 2691C E. Mānoa Road. For more information, go here.


Play: Photo Scavenger Hunt #Spotted: Make-A-Wish

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 to 4 p.m.

#Spotted is a scavenger hunt, game of good-doing and workout rolled into one. Teams of two or three combine their brains to decipher clues and photograph 10 items, all within a 45-minute time restraint. The team to get the highest number of correct photos with the shortest time wins a prize. Sound simple? We dare you to try it out. If the ticking clock doesn’t get your heart pumping, the running around from clue to clue undoubtedly will. But, since all proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i, we say it’s well worth the sweat.

$10 presale, $12 at the door, Aloha Tower Marketplace. For more information and to register, go here.