Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-May 4

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

Photo: Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival

Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival

The 12th annual event celebrating stories and song is always an easy-going, open air event for families with live entertainment, a place to pick up new reads and lots of room to run at Honolulu Hale. Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will be reading to kids Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and again on Sunday at 10 a.m. PBSʻ favorite song man Steve Songs will entertain the keiki with three shows on each day. Kids can also hear Dr. Seuss stories, see the kidʻs shows Mufaro and his Beautiful Daughters and The Little Mermaid at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and, of course, swap out five of their gently used books for new ones. Keiki can jump in inflatables and ride rides in the Keiki Zone and food will be available from vendors including India Café, Beyond Burgers, Slush Puppies and Il Gelato.See the full schedule and a map of all the booths on

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Parade of Farms

Learn more about local farms, pick up local produce and even walk through a cacao orchard at this second annual event. This year, Waialua is the host where you can browse the products and educational information at the Waialua Sugar Mill. Or, take a tour behind the scenes at Mālama Loko Ea Fishpond, the Na Mea Kupono Lo‘i Kalo or Waialua Estate’s cacao farm where you can see how cacao beans become chocolate with, of course, a chocolate tasting. You do need to buy tickets for the tours and at least one is already full. But kids 4 years and younger are free.

  • All ages
  • You can visit the Sugar Mill for free. Tour tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for kids 5 to 15 years.
  • Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Waialua Sugar Mill, 67-106 Kealohanui St., Waialua
  • 622-9026,

UH Baseball versus Cal State Fullerton

While the men’s volleyball team takes on the home team in Ohio in the NCAA semifinals, you have one more month to catch the Rainbow Warriors baseball team in action. This weekend, UH faces Cal State Fullerton hoping to win only the second series against the team in UH history. Friday night, players will stick around for an autograph session on the field. But the Sunday afternoon game also offers the Sunday Funday ticket pack which includes admission, hot dogs and drinks for two adults and two kids for $25.

  • All ages
  • Adult tickets start at $10, kids 4 to 18 years are $4.
  • Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 6:35 p.m.Sunday, May 7, 1:05 p.m.
  • Les Murakami Stadium, 1337 Lower Campus Road. 
  • 944-2697,

Mae‘ema‘e Elementary Family Night

Grab a steak plate, Aloha Scoops ice cream cone or Shimazu shave ice, play carnival games and jump on an Xtreme Fun ride at this annual event. There will also be a tent for free keiki IDs, a book fair, face painting and silent auction. Take a look at all the food booths on the schoolʻs event map.

Build a Flower Pot Workshop

Get ready for Mother’s Day by creating a pot perfect for planting spring blooms, herbs or vegetables. The free monthly Home Depot workshop will have kids painting their creation to take home. And, as usual, every little builder will get an apron and a certificate of achievement to take home.

  • Preschool and older
  • Free
  • Saturday, May 6, kids can stop in between 9 a.m. and noon.
  • Home Depot locations, `Iwilei, Kapolei and Pearl City.

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