Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-June 27, 2018

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.


Photo: Courtesy of PAW Patrol Live!

“PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue” opens on Friday, June 29, in the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall and runs through July 8.

PAW Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue

Nickelodeon’s popular pups are finally in Honolulu. Clap, sing and dance along to “PAW Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue” when it opens this Friday–or at one of 15 shows scheduled from June 30 to July 8. The show uses Bunraku puppetry, a Japanese theatrical method that allows the actors to fit inside giant, pup costumes and move the eyes, tails and mouths. In other words, your keiki should be able to see the oversized characters from afar. Tickets are required for kids ages 1 and older, even if they don’t occupy a seat. The show is 75 minutes long with a 15-minute intermission. A few more tips: The show ends with flashing lights, spotlights and confetti. Bring cash if you plan to buy Paw Patrol items, priced from $5 to $40. And lastly, there is no elevator access to balcony seating. 

Honolulu Mango Jam 2018

What do mango cheesecake lumpia and mango funnel cake taste like? These treats are available at the Honolulu Mango Jam, happening this weekend on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. In addition to a mango barbecue cook-off contest from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, there is entertainment all weekend by Hawaiian bands, including Manaʻo Co. at 8 p.m. on Friday, and Kapena Kids and Kalapana at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, on Saturday. Parking is free in the Frank F. Fasi and the Kalanimoku lots, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and all of Saturday. Bicycle parking is available outside the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building. And, if you’re still wondering about mango lumpia and funnel cake, find them at booths by “Kamaile’s Delights” and “Heart to Table.”

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Friday, June 29, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 550 S. King St.
  • mangojamhonolulu.com

Ke Kani O Ke Kai 2018

This Thursday marks the second installment of Ke Kani O Ke Kai, the five-week summer concert series at Waikīkī Aquarium, featuring some of Hawai’i’s top entertainers. Listen to songs by Ho‘okena, Maunalua and Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom, and watch hula dancers from the Halau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine. Bring mats and picnic blankets if you want to sit close to the stage, and lawn chairs if you don’t mind sitting farther back. Outside food and beverages aren’t permitted, which is a fundraiser for the aquarium. The aquarium will stay open so kids can visit the octopus, jellyfish, seahorses and more. 

  • All ages
  • $50 for adults, $20 for kids 5 to 12, free for kids 4 years and under. For members, $30 for adults and $15 for children.
  • Thursday, June 28. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 7 p.m.
  • Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalākaua Ave.
  • waikikiaquarium.org

Pau School Keiki Hour

Every Tuesday in July, keiki ages 3 to 10 are invited to the free “Pau School Keiki Hour” at Windward Mall. Various groups and nonprofits provide kid-friendly activities, while restaurants and stores offer discounts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the same day. To receive the discounts, show the store or restaurant your copy of the “Kids Club Flyer,” distributed at the event. Space is limited, so registration is recommended: eventbrite.com/e/summer-kids-club-tickets-47392330737

  • Ages 3 to 10
  • Free
  • Tuesdays, July 3 through July 31. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe
  • windwardmall.com

4th of July Events 

Ala Moana’s 4th of July Celebration

Watch fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park, rated one of the top 25 shows in the country. The free event begins at 8:30 p.m. Spectators can tune into KSSK 92.3 FM for music that goes with the show in the sky. At Ala Moana Center across the street, listen to live music on the center stage all day. 

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Wednesday, July 4. 8:30 p.m.
  • Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • alamoanacenter.com

4th of July Kailua Fireworks and Air Show

Gather at Kailua Beach Park at 5:45 p.m. to view a skydiving, acrobatic air show with Col. John Bates and the Flying Leathernecks. At 8 p.m., the annual fireworks show begins but the prime viewing spots will be full hours before then. Free public parking is available from 3 to 11 p.m. at Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua Town Center Parking Lot, Kainalu Elementary School and Lanikai Elementary School. A free shuttle will transport passengers from Kailua Town Center parking Lot to Kailua Beach Center.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Wednesday, July 4. 5:45 to 9 p.m. Acrobatic air show begins at 5:45 p.m.
  • Kailua Beach Park, 526 Kawailoa Road, Kailua
  • kailuafireworks.net

Lā‘ie 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

The North Shore town of Lāʻie hosts a fireworks show, preceded by family-friendly entertainment at Hukilau Marketplace next to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Starting at 4 p.m., kids can participate in free activities, including bounce houses, slides, bull riding, obstacle courses, balloon animals and carnival games. Also scheduled to start at 4 p.m. are performances by Cook Island Dancers, Kekoa Kane, Josh Tatofi, Kapena and B.E.T.  You can purchase a variety of food, including Tongan, Mexican, Tahitian and Hawaiian plates, flavored sodas, crepes, açaí bowls, otai and more. The 20-minute fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Wednesday, July 4. 4 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Hukilau Marketplace. 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie.
  • hukilaumarketplace.com

Picnic on the Pier, 4th of July

Enjoy a picnic with your family while the sun sets, then watch fireworks from a viewing deck of the historic Battleship Missouri Memorial. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include raffle prizes, keiki activities, complimentary tours of the Mighty Mo and live music by Hawaiian Soul. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. Free shuttle service to and from Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is available for guests without base access.

  • All ages
  • Presale: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4 to 12. Same-day sale: $15 for adults, $10 for kids. Keiki 3 years and younger are free. Tickets are available at ussmissouri.org/events/picnic-on-the-pier.
  • Wednesday, July 4. 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Pier Foxtrot-5 at Pearl Harbor, Battleship Missouri Memorial. 63 Cowpens St.
  • ussmissouri.org