Your Weekend: The Best Family Events- May 11

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

Photo: Courtesy of Na Kama Kai

Na Kama Kai Ocean Clinic

Your keiki can paddle a canoe, stand up paddle board and learn about ocean safety at Na Kama Kai’s ‘Ewa Beach clinic this weekend. Best of all? The event is free. Children of all ages will learn about ancient Hawaiian navigation, conservation, how to interpret beach warning signs and get to try out some simple swimming strokes. Be prepared to wait on the beach as parents need to be present but don’t participate in the activities. There will be life jackets and lots of volunteers working with the keiki. Register online to reserve a two-hour time slot. Walk-ons are welcome but may have to wait awhile for a less-crowded time slot. If you can’t make this clinic, the same event is offered at different beaches around O‘ahu every month. We tried it for our our blog “Free Fun: 10 Outdoor Adventures” and had so much fun we’ll be back for our fourth clinic this Sunday.

  • 2 to 18 years
  • Free
  • Sunday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Two-hour time slots start every half hour from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
  • ‘Ewa Beach Park, 91-027 Fort Weaver Road, ‘Ewa Beach
  • 864-9164,

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Mother’s Day – Craft Galore

If your children need a last-minute Mother’s Day present, or want to make something for themselves, the Living Art Marine Center is offering several activities this Sunday. Crafts include shell carving magnets, Gyotaku T-shirt printing, canvas painting, Opae Ula pet shrimp aquariums and air plant gardens. Families that purchase at least one craft activity can tour the center for free. Online registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

  • All ages
  • $8 to $25 per craft. Admission is free with the purchase of at least one craft per family.
  • Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. to noon. Arrive by 11:30 a.m. to have time to do a craft.
  • Living Art Marine Center, 3239 Ualena St.
  • 841-8080,

Earth, Moon and Sun

Learn about the lunar phases, sunrises and sunsets, eclipses and space travel to our moon in this fast-paced show on a 360-degree screen. Coyote, a Native American character, uses humor to help kids distinguish between myths and the science behind astronomical occurrences.

  • Recommended for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • $7 general admission, $5 for children 4 to 12 years old, $6 for military and seniors 65 years and older, free for children 3 years and younger.
  • Hokulani Imaginarium, Windward Community College, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe.
  • 235-7400,

HiSam Second Saturday: Book/Marks – The Textured Tome

Visit this downtown museum on Saturday and take part in a free craft event. Keiki will get to make a rubbing with objects they find at the museum. Then, they will turn their work of art into a book cover for their very own folded journal or sketchbook. Be sure not to miss the museum’s hands-on “I Love Art Room.” Check out our full guide here.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, May 13, activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. King St.
  • 586-0300,

Picasso Music Party

Keiki will learn about Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and how he used his imagination to create wild works of art. They will also listen to flamenco clapping music as they make abstract musical instruments. When their unique creations are finished, they’ll dance and play music together.

  • 5 years and older
  • $15 per child
  • Saturday, May 13, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Art Explorium, 1142 Koko Head Ave.
  • 312-4316,

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