Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Nov 21, 2018

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.


Photo: Courtesy of Koko Marina Center

Donate a new unwrapped toy to participate in free holiday activities this Saturday at Koko Marina Center.

Hawaiʻi Kai Kalikimaka Parade and Christmas Carnival

Start off your Saturday morning at the Hawaiʻi Kai holiday parade, then head over to Koko Marina Center for carnival rides, cookie decorating, balloon twisting, face painting and photos with Santa. To participate in the free carnival, each child is encouraged to donate a new unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots program, which will have a collection station in the Marina Courtyard. If you’re in the market for a holiday poinsettia plant, purchase one at Kaiser High School’s project grad booth.

  • All ages
  • Free (bring a Toys for Tots donation)
  • Saturday, Nov. 24. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Carnival is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Marina Courtyard, Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalaniana‘ole Highway. Parade begins at the corner of Hawaiʻi Kai Drive and Lunalilo Home Road.
  • (808) 395-4737, kokomarinacenter.com

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Run, run as fast as you can to this holiday workshop, where children will assemble and decorate a gingerbread picture frame that doubles as a tree ornament. In addition to taking home their crafts, keiki will receive a certificate of achievement, an orange Home Depot apron and a commemorative pin. Keiki must be accompanied by at least one adult each to participate. Register your children online at one of three Home Depot locations on Oʻahu. If you miss this event, the next holiday-themed kids workshop is on Saturday, Dec. 1.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 24. 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Honolulu store, 421 Alakawa St.; Pearl City store, 1021 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City; Kapolei store, 4600 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei
  • homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store

Football State Championship

If you can’t get enough of football action during Rivalry Weekend, watch the state championship triple header this Saturday at Aloha Stadium. It starts with Division II’s No. 2 team Kapa’a versus No. 1 Lahainaluna. Then Division I’s one and two teams, Hilo and Waipahu, go head to head before the championship bout between second-ranked Mililani and top-ranked St. Louis. You can purchase tickets online or at the stadium’s box office.

  • All ages
  • $14 adult general admission, $6 for seniors 62 and older and youth grades K-12; free for children 4 and younger; $10 tickets (for adults only) are available at First Hawaiian Bank branches while supplies last.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24. 1:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Aloha Stadium. 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.
  • etickethawaii.com

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

A classic Disney film comes alive this weekend with a junior musical theater version of Beauty and the Beast. The show, performed by Kapolei High School thespians, is approximately 75 minutes with a 15-minute intermission—allowing just enough time to buy beverages and packaged snacks from the concession stand outside the theater. If your little prince and princesses want to upgrade their theater experience, there will be two themed events, “Mrs. Potts’ Tea Party” and “Belle’s Enchanted dinner,” on Saturday, Dec. 1. The events will have food, entertainment and Beauty and the Beast souvenirs.

  • All ages
  • $7 online general admission; $12 online reserved seats; service fees apply to online ticketing; $15 at the door.
  • Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. 7 p.m. The show continues on Dec. 1 and Dec. 6 to 8.
  • Performing Arts Center of Kapolei, Kapolei High School. 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei
  • (808) 305-8048, packoplei.org

One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Grownups can sit back and relax in their theater seats while their keiki look up and watch Big Bird and Elmo on a 360-degree screen. One World One Sky, set in Sesame Street and in China, teaches children about the Big Dipper, North Star and cross-cultural friendships. Expect the show to last approximately 30 minutes. You can purchase tickets with cash at the box office 30 minutes prior to the show.

  • All ages
  • $8 general admission; $7 student, military and seniors with ID; $6 children ages 4-12; free for children ages 4 and younger
  • Saturday, Nov. 24. 1 p.m.
  • Hōkulani Imaginarium, 45-720 Keaʻahala Road, Kāneʻohe
  • (808) 253-7433, aerospace.wcc.hawaii.edu/imaginarium.html