Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Jan. 16, 2020

Watch an all-star football game, rally at a peace parade and see a new play about Rainbows.

Photo: By Brad Goda


After two consecutive weekends of wind and rain, are you ready to see rainbows? Rainbow—the new play at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, that is. It debuts this Friday, Jan. 17, and runs for three weekends through Feb. 8, including a new Sunday performance on Jan. 19. Keiki in the audience can learn about the science of rainbows, and hear about ancient tales and emotions connected to rainbows. As a bonus, the theater staff also created this downloadable study guide filled with rainbow-themed recipes and crafts, books and conversation starters. If your kids would like to participate in the Rainbow workshop with HTY’s actors on Saturday, Feb. 1, click here for tickets.

  • All ages
  • $10 to $20
  • Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan 25 to Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m.; Onstage workshop is on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.; sensory-friendly performance with American Sign Language is on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.
  • Tenney Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth. 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu
  • (808) 839-9885

SEE ALSO: We Tried It: Honolulu Theatre for Youth OnStage Workshop

New Years Cat Show

Check your cat-titude at the door when you attend this weekend’s feline show hosted by the Cat Fanciers’ of Hawaiʻi. The group’s motto? “Must love cats and never be catty!” At this show, hundreds of Hawaiʻi cats in four rings are judged by a panel of international cat experts. Meantime, you can shop at the Cat Bazaar for handmade items for pets and cat lovers. Tickets are available at the Blaisdell box office next to Ward Avenue, approximately 15 minutes prior to the show. Please note that only cats entering the show or exhibition are allowed. 

  • All ages
  • Free for children ages 4 and younger; $5 for for military and seniors with I.D. and children ages 5 to 10; $7 for all other adults; cash only; tickets go on sale 15 minutes prior to the event.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Neal Blaisdell Arena, Hawaiʻi Suites. 777 Ward Ave. 
  • (808) 291-5868
Polynesian Bowl

Want to watch a game played by the nation’s best high school football players? Mark your calendar for this Saturday evening when the Polynesian Bowl takes to Aloha Stadium. The Polynesian Bowl is a yearly tradition where 100 of the best football players—mostly of Polynesian ancestry—come together to compete and honor their cultures. This year, coaches are Steve Spurrier and Frank Beamer, who are both College Football Hall of Fame members. You can buy tickets early via phone or online before the big game, or at the stadium’s box office on game day. Tickets are general seating and not assigned. Tailgating is not allowed before or after the game.  

  • All ages
  • Free for kids 5 and younger; $9 for kids ages 6-12; $12 for teens and adults ages 13 and older; prices may fluctuate; click here for parking fees. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 18. 7 p.m.
  • Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu
  • The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony is on Saturday, Jan. 18, from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lāiʻe  
Senior Fair

Bring your grandparents and older family members to Windward Mall this Saturday for fun activities, live entertainment, prizes and resource booths just for seniors. Hosted by Generations Magazine, this senior fair has over 30 exhibitors under one roof—eight of them offer free trips to Las Vegas! Prizes and free gifts aside, this event is a safe and convenient way to learn about healthy aging, care homes, investments and other topics related to grandmas and grandpas.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Jan. 18. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Windward Mall, center court. 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe
  • (808) 235-1143
MLK Parade and Unity Rally

Equality. Diversity. Pride. These are themes of the MLK Parade and Unity Rally, happening on Monday morning in Waikīkī. At 9 a.m., more than 2,000 marchers and 100 vehicles and floats take off from Magic Island and travel eastward on Kalākaua Avenue. The procession ends at Queen Kapiʻolani Park for a (peaceful) rally, food booths and a handful of family-friendly activities. If you’re driving in the area, expect lane closures and delays on Kalākaua and Monsarrat avenues from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Monday, Jan. 20. 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Parade begins at Magic Island, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., and ends at Queen Kapiʻolani Park, 2686-2882 Kalākaua Ave.
  • (808) 783-8969