Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Oct. 10, 2019

Support keiki entrepreneurs, master the art of listening and join the biggest block party for pets.


Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Expos

Savvy young businesspeople will market and sell their own items at the Hawaiʻi Food & New Product Show this weekend.

Food & New Product Show

If your family likes to walk around big-box stores and eat food samples, they’ll feel right at home at the Food & New Product Show this weekend. Hundreds of local businesses introduce their new products at this show, with tastings galore. Other highlights of this event include a pumpkin festival, plant sale, live entertainment and a Keikipreneur Zone, featuring products made by local children. Also new this year is the Cookie Con & Sweet Expo, a dessert fest to satisfy your sweet tooth.   

  • All ages
  • $4 general admission; $3 military with I.D.; free for adults ages 60 and older; free for children ages 12 and younger (if accompanied by a paying adult)
  • Friday, Oct. 11, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. 
  • (808) 732-6037
  • pacificexpos.com 
Shhhhh

The art of listening—and speaking up at the right times—are themes of Shhhhh, a play that runs for two weekends at Honolulu Theatre for Youth. This 35-minute production teaches keiki to find their own inner voices, listen to others and appreciate the sound of silence. For fun ideas on how to engage children before, during and after the play, the theater has posted a Shhhhh activity guide. Please note that 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, is the “HTY For Every Family” (pay-what-you-can) show, which also includes a translator for American Sign Language.

  • Ages 3 and older
  • $20 for adults ages 19 to 59; $15 for seniors ages 60 and older; $10 for youth ages 3-18; free for keiki ages 2 and younger (ask for a “toddler ticket”)  
  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. 
  • Tenney Theatre, 229 Queen Emma Square 
  • (808) 839-9885 ext. 720
  • htyweb.org or hnltix.com

SEE ALSO: Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s “HTY for Every Family”


Second Saturday 

Bring your keiki to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum on Saturday to make Halloween-themed ornaments with the Hawaiʻi Stitchery and Fibre Arts Guild. While their ornaments dry, you can visit the galleries, play in the I Love Art kids’ room and see the 12-foot-tall Mr. Chickenpants in the outdoor sculpture garden. This is the final “Second Saturday” program before the museum on Nov. 9 launches “Super Saturday,” which is another free art program for kids, except with multiple art activities and live entertainment.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Oct. 12. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. 250 S. Hotel St. 
  • (808) 586-0900
  • hisam.hawaii.gov
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Walk 

Families who have lost babies through stillbirth, SIDS, miscarriage and other medical conditions are gathering at Magic Island on Saturday morning to honor their little ones. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m., along with kids’ crafts and face painting. Then from 10 a.m. to noon, speakers come to the mic, followed by a butterfly release and solidarity walk around Magic Island. As of this writing, 36 more butterflies were available for purchase at $8 each through sharingthebutterflyexperience.com. 

  • All ages
  • Free; $8 per butterfly release  
  • Saturday, Oct. 12. 9 a.m. to noon 
  • Picnic Site #34, Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park. 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • (808) 429-4843; PayPal or Apple Pay to 808-754-6136 for butterfly purchase 
  • Remembrance Walk Facebook Page
PetBlock Pāʻina 

Join pets and their humans this Sunday at the biggest block party ever thrown by the Hawaiian Humane Society! Expect live music by Simple Souls, dozens of pet-related vendors, and a pet talent and costume contest at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Food booths include Serg’s Mexican Kitchen, Shaka Bowls, Side Street Inn, Hawaiian Pie Co., Mr. Tea Cafe and at least a dozen more crowd favorites. If you’d like to support the society, T-shirts are for available at the event for $30 each. PetBlock replaces the nonprofit’s annual PetWalk, which the nonprofit ended after 28 years. 

  • Ages
  • Free 
  • Sunday, Oct. 13. 5 to 8 p.m. 
  • Victoria Ward Park, Ward Village Shops. 980 ʻAuahi St.
  • (808) 356-2200
  • hawaiianhumane.org