Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-July 27

Our roundup of the best family events on O‘ahu.

Photo: Ulupō Heiau Work Day, Courtesy of YMCA Honolulu

Togetherhood Work Day: Ulopō Heiau-Volunteer Opportunity

Join the Windward YMCA for a work day at the Ulupō Heiau in Kailua. Kids and adults will clean the ‘auwai, pull invasive weeds, remove rocks, harvest kalo and clean up the area. Keiki who donʻt want to get muddy an make signs to identify different areas and plants at the lo‘i.  Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes, insect repellant, water and sunscreen. You might also want to bring a hat as it can get hot. Stick around after the work for free lunch provided by Pasha and a cultural talk story time.

  • 6 years and older. 
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Work is 9 to 11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow.
  • Meet at the Windward YMCA, 1200 Kailua Road, Kailua. 
  • Learn more on the Windward YMCA’s Facebook page

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Bring a camera and your fire-engine-loving little ones to the annual emergency preparedness event at Pearlridge Center. This year, families will find an antique fire truck, police mobile command vehicle, fire apparatus, ambulance and life guard response vehicles as well as some from the Hawai‘i National Guard. After your photo ops, get a keiki or kupuna ID, visit booths by a bunch of community organizations including the American Red Cross, FEMA, Hawaiian Humane Society and more. 

Mini Aquaponics Workshop

Turn your fish tank into a mini garden at this workshop for the entire family. You’ll learn how to create this self-sustaining system that uses fish waste as plant fertilizer. Families will also make their own mini one with plants and pet fish to take home. Reservations are required.

  • Recommended for families with kids 6 years and older.
  • $25 per aquaponics kit for kama‘āina and military. $45 for general admission.
  • Saturday, July 29, 4:30 p.m.
  • Living Art Marine Center, 3239 Ualena St. Suite 100.
  • (808) 841-8080,

Dive ’n’ Movie: Power Rangers

Grab your swimsuit and get ready to slip, slide and watch a movie at Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i. This week, the Power Rangers will show on the big screen by the wave pool. Characters from The Emoji Movie will also be on hand for photo ops. General admission is $19.99 after 5 p.m. and kids are free with each paying adult. Note: If any teens in your group want to join the dance floor and karaoke of The Big Kahuna, end of summer teen event, which is happening at the same time, admission will be $20 presale, $25 at the door.

  • All ages
  • $19.99 general admission after 5 p.m. One junior admission free with each paying adult. Kids 2 years and younger are free. Kama‘āina admission for the entire day is $36.99.
  • Saturday, July 29, 5 to 9 p.m. The teen event is 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i, 40 Farrington Highway, Kapolei.
  • (808) 674-9283,

All-American Rodeo

Pony rides, a petting zoo, craft fair and, of course, bull and bronco riding, keiki and adult barrel racing, and roping will be part of the festivities at the fourth annual event in Windward O‘ahu.  

  • All ages
  • Thursday and Friday, July 27 and 28, 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, shows are at noon and 7 p.m. with gates opening two hours before.
  • New Town & Country Stables, 41-1800 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Waimanālo. 
  • (808) 259-9941,

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