Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-January 24, 2018

Our picks for the weekendʻs best family events.

Photo: Living Art Marine Center

A sea urchin hides under coral.

Living Art Marine Center Reef Walk

Walk in the water after dark in search of tide pool creatures living on O‘ahu’s south shore. The center’s naturalists and marine biologists will help kids find and identify the animals that call the shallow waters home. The walk lasts an hour-and-a-half. If you’ve ever been interested in going, reserve your space soon. These are the last two reef walks for the center until next season toward the end of the year.

  • Kids 4 years and older.
  • Kama‘āina and military rates: $10 for adults and $15 for kids 4 to 12 years. Regular admission: $15 for adults and $20 for children. Reef walk shoes are available to rent for $5 a pair.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m. near Kāhala Mall. Sunday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. near Ala Moana. 
  • Exact locations will be emailed once a reservation is made. 

The Waikīkī Aquarium is also doing a night reef walk Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for $20 for kama‘āina and military adults, $15 for kids. (808) 923-9741.

Plantation Pā‘ina

Happy birthday to Roy Yamaguchi’s restaurants. Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 in Kapolei Commons is marking its one-year anniversary with a family-friendly eating and entertainment fest. Kids and adults can weave lauhala, make a flower crown, decorate cupcakes and do Gyotaku printing before digging into dishes including kau yuk pulled pork in a bao-style bun, pipikaula, poke, hapa burger sliders, pancit lumpia and more. Kids can mix up their own concoction at the keiki drink station then dish out macaroni and cheese, parmesan chicken fingers and grilled cheese sandwiches at the keiki food station. Then pick up fresh produce from Kahumana Farm or sweetbread from ‘Ohia Bakery. A portion of ticket sales will go to Kahumana Farm. Side note, Best of HONOLULU Family-winning Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai is also celebrating 30 years in Hawai‘i, but tickets to that event in February are sold out.

  • All ages
  • $40 for adults, $20 for kids 13 to 17 years, $10 for kids 12 years and younger. Kids 2 years and younger are free.
  • Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Eating House 1849, Kapolei Commons, 4450 Kapolei Parkway, #540
  • (808) 447-1849,

Living History Day at the Mighty Mo

Seventy-four years ago, the USS Missouri was launched into service and this weekend, families can watch the history of the battleship come to life. Kama‘āina and military get in free to see the displays of military vehicles and weapons, hear stories from re-enactors in historical costumes, listen to patriotic music performed live and, of course, tour the ship where Japan signed documents of surrender ending World War II. 

  • All ages
  • Free for kama‘āina and military. General admission is normally $29 for adults, $13 for children.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Battleship Missouri Memorial, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 63 Cowpens St. Park at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. 
  • 1-877-644-4896 (MIGHTYMO),

Painting with Magnets Workshop

Use magnets to make art. This class at the Art Explorium will teach kids how to use magnetic movement to create a colorful abstract painting. Then kids will turn recycled materials into frames.

  • 5 years and older
  • $15 per child
  • Saturday, Jan. 27. 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Art Explorium, 1142 Koko Head Ave.
  • (808) 312-4316,

Eat the Street: Lū‘au

Put the leftovers back in the refrigerator to catch the first Eat the Street event of the year. The list of trucks that have signed up for the annual lū‘au themed event has not yet been released, but you can be sure that there will be a few lau lau and kālua pig plates in addition to other food truck favorites.

  • All ages
  • Free admission
  • Friday, Jan. 26, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park, 102 Ohe St.

Looking for more events for adults? Click here for HONOLULU Magazine’s picks for the weekend.