Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-May 8, 2019

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.


We Are Samoa Festival and World Fireknife Championships

Sharp blades and open flames are no-nos for kids, but that’s what makes the World Fireknife Championships appealing. This four-day event brings together the Pacific region’s top fireknife dancers to determine a world leader in this traditional sport. Even keiki as young as 6 participate. On Saturday morning, the We Are Samoa Festival—featuring students from four high schools on Oʻahu—will have songs, dances and chiefly oratory, coconut husking, fire-making and more.

  • All ages
  • $10 to $65
  • World Fireknife Championship on Wednesday, May 8, 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • We Are Samoa Festival on Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
  • Pacific Theater and Hāle Aloha, Polynesian Cultural Center. 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lāʻie
  • 1-800-293-3333
  • worldfireknife.com

HOT Family Day at the Opera

Take your keiki to the opera this Saturday to play with backstage lights and sounds, don costumes, play with props and watch live mini performances. This special program is free and an ideal way to introduce children to the world of theater and opera. If you want to see La Traviata before its May 17-21 performance dates, you can purchase reduced tickets for $7 per person to the final dress rehearsal. Call the phone number listed below for dress-rehearsal details.

  • All ages
  • Free; parking is $6; final dress rehearsal tickets are $7.
  • Saturday, May 11. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave.
  • 808-596-7372
  • hawaiiopera.org

Hawaiʻi Pet Expo

Bring your family to the Hawaiʻi Pet Expo to watch pet tricks, visit educational displays and gather info on pet products and services. Pets are welcome, of course, but they must be in good health and under their owner’s control at all times. Dogs must be leashed. Bring donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Hawaiʻi Foodbank. 

  • All ages
  • Free; parking is $6.
  • Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Neal Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave.  
  • 808-369-9756
  • hawaiivetmed.org

Moms are Super

This week, bring a mom in your life to Windward Mall for special treatment. On Friday, May 10, snap a photo with mom at the mall’s special photo lounge and share on Instagram along with a description of her superpower. Use hashtag #WindwardMallMoms and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card from any mall merchant of your choice. Also on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., meet and get an autograph from Alice Inoue, author of Master Your Superpowers and founder of Happiness U. A Mother’s Day craft fair with more than 20 vendors happens on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, respectively. From Friday through Sunday, buy locally grown plants at one of the largest orchid sales of the year.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12. Various times.
  • Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe
  • 808-235-1143
  • windwardmall.com

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

This Thursday is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day—wear the color green to show your support for positive mental health for keiki. Then head over to one of three locations on Oʻahu to wave signs and spread more awareness about kids and their well-being. The week wraps up on Friday evening with a showcase of seven films to be shown at Impact Hub Honolulu, followed by a talk-story session with the filmmakers, medical experts and event organizers.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kapolei State Office Building, 601 Kamokila Blvd., Kapolei; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ʻAiea Shopping Center, 99-115 ʻAiea Heights Drive; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hawaiʻi State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St.
  • 808-733-9346
  • keikimentalhealthmatters.org

What are the titles of the seven films? Why is Honolulu Hāle lit up green this week? Visit “It’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month.”