Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: September 30–October 2

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.
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Play: 23rd Annual Hawai‘i Children and Youth Day

Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kid or adult, Sunday is funday and we know just the place to go. Visit the 23rd Annual Hawai‘i Children & Youth Day for the funnest of fun times for the whole family. Open at 10 a.m., the Hawai‘i State Capitol hosts five entertainment stages with a jam-packed schedule of music, dances, special guests and surprises. And after visiting the 160-plus organization booths filled with kid-friendly activities, head over to Punchbowl Street, where food trucks and vendors are waiting to satisfy those post-excursion appetites.

Free, Hawai‘i State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St. For more information, go here.


Create: Mai Tais and Masterpieces

Friday, Sept. 30, 3 to 5 p.m.

Local artist Heather Anders is your creative spirit guide through two hours of painting (the provided complimentary mai tai doesn’t hurt, either). The result? One 11×14” original acrylic masterpiece for you to proudly display in your home. No prior experience or supplies necessary—they provide all the tools you need, so just bring your enthusiasm! Validated parking is available for the Sheraton Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel.

$40, Sheraton Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel, 120 Ka‘iulani Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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Explore: Art After Dark: Hawai‘i in Design

Friday, Sept. 30, 6 to 8 p.m.

Hawai‘i is a pretty unique place. Where else can you find hikes, shopping malls and the beach, all within 15 minutes of one another? This month’s ARTafterDARK explores how local artists translate their own Hawai‘i experiences creatively, with interactive light activity by artist Joseph Pa‘ahana and SPELLS, and a fashion show presented by local designer Kini Zamora—plus, watch things heat up as artist Chanel Tanaka paints on a unique canvas: the human body. BONUS: a chance to win a two-night stay at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club penthouse and $50 dining credit from Mahina & Sun’s.

Free for Honolulu Museum of Art members, $25 for non-members. Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. For more information, go here.


Eat: OKTOBERFEST at The Willows

Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Europe isn’t as far away as you think—not this weekend, anyway. Tomorrow, The Willows holds its first-ever Oktoberfest event. Join in on the holiday with German-inspired pupus and six German beer or wine tastings, which you get to choose from their list of more than 20 offerings. If that’s not festive enough for you, don’t fret. Prize giveaways, a German costume contest and even a yodeling contest should be enough to satisfy the Deutsche in you.  

$30 presale, $35 at the door. The Willows Restaurant, 901 Hausten St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

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Eat: Diving into Craft Coffee and Chocolate: Sourcing in Hawai‘i and New Frontiers

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Coffee … or chocolate? If you’re thinking, “Why not both?” then we have the perfect event for you. The folks over at Madre Chocolate in Kailua and Daylight Mind Coffee Co. in Kailua-Kona have collaborated to bring you a tasting session that’s as educational as it is delicious. Get an intimate look into the local coffee and chocolate craft movements, including how these commodity crops are sourced and what makes Hawaiian coffee and cacao crops so unique. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample an assortment of coffees and chocolates. Yum.

$35, Madre Chocolate Factory, 20 Kainehe St., Kailua. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Shop: The Fall Seasonal Sidewalk Sale at Kahala Mall

Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2

Kahala Mall’s seasonal sidewalk sale is back, just in time for fall shopping. As usual, awesome deals abound, with more than 30 merchants throughout the mall offering exclusive deals and sales. Live entertainment, keiki-friendly shows and interactive games mean your family will have just as much fun as you this weekend. While you’re there, stop by the 13th annual Clean Energy Fair by Macy’s, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, for more games, live performances and prize giveaways!

Free, Kahala Mall. For more information on the Sidewalk Sale, go here. For more information on the Clean Energy Fair, go here.