Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: September 9–11

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

Drink: Love of Libations: Sunset, Sake Sip!

Friday, Sept. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Sunset Sake Sip
Photo: Courtesy of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa


Unwind from a busy work week with the creative and forward-thinking food and beverage team at the Moana Surfrider. They’ll welcome you with a drink at their monthly event, Love of Libations, which celebrates drinks and entertainment. This month’s theme is “Sunset, Sake, Sip!” Enjoy a relaxing evening mingling with other libation lovers while sipping on different types of sake as you watch a gorgeous sunset. And you can munch on the light fare that’s also provided. Cheers to the weekend.

$25, must be 21 or older, Vintage 1901 at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Attend: Fourth Annual Kalo and ʻAwa Festival

Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We grow them. We consume them. We love them. Kalo and ʻawa star in their own festival that celebrates their importance in Hawaiian culture and their continued significance and uses today. Check out the kalo farmer displays and learn about identifying the different varieties in Hawaiʻi. Stick around for demonstrations, including harvesting and processing ʻawa to drink. You’ll get to taste both, too. Live entertainment will be provided and you can enter giveaways.  

Free, Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleʻiwa. For more information, go here.


Eat: BLT Steak Waikīkī Cooking Class: Curing and Pickling

Saturday, Sept. 10, noon to 3 p.m.

Impress your loved ones by taking your cooking skills to the next level. Swanky steakhouse BLT Steak Waikīkī is offering cooking classes, so you know they’ll be good. Enjoy a glass of Champagne or house wine during this 1.5-hour cooking demonstration on curing and pickling from the restaurant’s chef de cuisine, Guillaume Thivet. Then, dig into a delicious three-course lunch, which includes more wine, assorted sodas and iced tea.

$90, BLT Steak Waikīkī, 223 Saratoga Road. Call 683-7447 or email for reservations. 


Play: Greenroom Festival 2016

Saturday, Sept. 10, doors open at 3 p.m., the event begins at 4 p.m.

Greenroom Festival
Photo: Courtesy of Greenroom Festival


Rock out. Save the environment. Want to join this party? Then head to the Greenroom Festival, a music event that supports beach conservancy and ocean awareness in Hawai‘i. The band called The Green is headlining, and there will be music performances by reggae band Big Mountain, as well as Japan groups Def Tech and SPECIAL OTHERS. Browse the market for an assortment of products and check out the food vendors if you’re hungry. Browse works by local artists Zak Noyle, Matthew Tapia and AJ Feducia. Participate in a yoga group and have a blast learning about sustainable practices.

$30 advanced tickets for adults ($40 at the door), free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult, Waikīkī Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Work Out: Summer’s End Glow Flow Yoga

Saturday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m.

Glow Flow Yoga
Photo: Courtesy of Power Yoga Hawai‘i


Change up your yoga routine with a fun black light experience. Show up to The Modern Honolulu at 5 p.m. and get creative by painting yourself with neon body paint that will glow under the black light. Watch an acro yoga performance by Acro Yoga 808 and then you’ll get into a 90-minute yoga class led by Power Yoga Hawaiʻi’s yoga instructors Alex Moralez and Miks S. DJ DuhBreez will be spinning tunes throughout the evening. After class, head up to the pool deck for some tasty street tacos and drinks at the bar.

$20–$25, The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Watch: Avel Bacudio Triple Threat Fashion Show

Sunday, Sept. 11, 6 to 10 p.m.

Strut to the runway because Avel Bacudio, who was awarded Asia’s most influential designer award in 2014 by Jimmy Choo, is having a fashion show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Resort. This Filipino designer will be joined by international recording artist Billy Crawford, R&B artist Jay R., actor Jerome Ponce and Miss Universe 2012’s first runner-up Janine Tugonon. This glam night features 40 models wearing Bacudio’s tailored and classic pieces.

$75–$150, Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort, 2005 Kālia Road. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.




Who: Kaypee Soh, Ward Warehouse

What: Spring/summer 2016 sample sale

When: Through Sept. 12


Who: Tapestries by Hauoli, Ala Moana Center

What:  Receive 15 percent off all Travelon bags and accessories

When: Through Sept. 11


Who: Tommy Bahama, Ala Moana Center

What: Buy one get one 50 percent off men’s and women’s denim bottoms

When: Through Sept. 12


Who: Nordstrom

What: Save up to 40 percent on select items

When: Through Sept. 11