Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: September 2–5

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

Shop: M33Ms Designs and Rumi Murakami Pop-Up Shop

Friday, Sept. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy of M33Ms Designs


Stack up on pretty handmade jewelry pieces and stock up on chic apparel to get you through all your three-day weekend plans and beyond. Local jewelry brand M33Ms Designs and local clothing brand Rumi Murakami will be hosting a up pop-up shop in Chinatown’s latest stylish boutique, Echo + Atlas, so you can also check out its wares while you’re there.

Echo + Atlas, 1 N. Hotel St. For more information, follow M33Ms Designs, Rumi Murakami and Echo + Atlas on Instagram.


Attend: First Friday at HiSAM

Friday, Sept. 2, 6 to 9 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai'i State Art Museum


First Fridays are always bumpin’ in Chinatown, when new artwork is displayed, shops stay open longer and bars offer food and drink deals. Change up your routine by heading a few blocks down to the Hawai‘i State Art Museum and get your Labor Day weekend started with live music, fresh art and alcohol. Ledward Ka‘apana, known for his slack key guitar and ‘ukulele music, will provide live entertainment throughout the evening. There will also be chairs on the second floor courtyard. You will be able to purchase beer and wine, too. Check out the opening of the latest exhibit, Accession, which features recent acquisitions by the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and Arts. Bring the little ones and they can play in the hands-on activity room made for kids.

Free, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. For more information go here.


View: Fashion Annex REBOOT: Fashion Futures

Through Oct. 25

Ala Moana’s Fashion Annex features a series of exhibit installments that celebrates Hawai‘i’s unique fashion history and its different facets. The second installment, REBOOT: Fashion Futures, explores Hawai‘i’s cultural evolution through fashion and gives a glimpse of the future with imagined upcoming trends. Check out the works from Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Robert Enui Enos and Hawaiian fiber artist Marquez Hanalei Marzan.

The Fashion Annex on Mall Level 2 at Ala Moana Center’s Mauka Wing. For more information, go here.


Eat: Wags and Waffles

Sunday, Sept. 4 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hawaiian Humane Society is hosting a special brunch for dogs and their owners. One ticket gets you two drinks, plus food from Tucker & Bevvy, Side Street Inn, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Magnolia Bakery Hawai‘i and The Nook. Special-made chicken-and-poi biscuits with honey wooffles topped with homemade strawberry jam will be available for furry friends.

$75 advanced, $85 at the door, Level Three Mauka Wing at Ala Moana Center near Vera Bradley. For more information to purchase tickets, go here.


Play: Labor Day Pool Party

Monday, Sept. 5, starts at noon

Pool Party
Photo: Courtesy of Labor Day Pool Party Event Page


Spend the extra day off partying at the pool, and for a good cause too. Christa Wittmier, beloved as the energetic DJ SuperCW, is battling breast cancer that recently spread to her lungs, liver and brain. The pool party is raising funds to help her. She will be there spinning tunes along with Jonathan J. Ablan. It’s going to be fun with good vibes all around.

$20 (cash only) at the door, 21 and older, Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel, 150 Kapahulu Ave. For more information go here.


Shop: Kāhala Mall’s Buy & Fly

Monday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Who says shopping gets you nowhere? Kāhala Mall will be having a special Labor Day shopping deal: For every dollar, when you spend at least $100, you earn five times the HawaiianMiles. Just be sure to bring your HawaiianMiles credit card. There will be mallwide sales and in-store specials for one day only from stores including Adore, Macy’s, The Compleat Kitchen and T&C Surf. Plus, enter for your chance to win 40,000 HawaiianMiles.

Kāhala Mall, 4211 Wai‘alae Ave. For a list of sales and  more information, go here.




Who: Kaypee Soh, Ward Warehouse

What: 20 percent off storewide

When: Sept. 2–5


Who: GUESS Labor Day Sale, Ala Moana Center

What: 30 percent off regular-priced merchandise and up to 60 percent off clearance items

When: Through Sept. 5


Who: Kate Spade New York, Ala Moana Center

What: Additional discounts on marked-down items

When: Sept. 2–4


Who: Levi’s Labor Day Weekend Sale, Ala Moana Center

What: 30 percent off your entire purchase

When: Sept. 2–4


Who: Vera Bradley Labor Day Sale, Ala Moana Center

What: 50 percent off select items

When: Sept. 1–5


Who: Rag & Bone

What: 25 percent off summer items using code: SUMMER25