Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Sept. 5, 2018

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.

Photo: Hawaii Healthy Baby Contest

Adorable infants and toddlers will compete at Windward Mall this weekend in the Hawaiʻi Healthy Baby contest. The winner will be announced on Sept. 22 at Pearlridge Uptown.

Family Sunday at East-West Center

Get ready to dance, twirl and draw all over the sidewalk this Sunday at the East-West Center. Harmony Turner, a dance, yoga and STEAM specialist for kids, will teach a Bollywood-dance workshop blending bhangra with hip-hop, jazz and modern dance. Siona Benjamin, an artist influenced by Indian, Hindu and Jewish cultures, will teach a workshop in the style of Rangoli art, where intricate patterns are drawn on the floor using colored powder. Participants will be given sample drawings for inspiration, and materials will be provided to create designs on the sidewalks fronting the East-West Center.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • East-West Center Gallery, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1601 East-West Road.

‘Aha Mele Hawaiian Music Series at Waimea Valley

Longing for those lazy summer afternoons when parks provided free music concerts? This Sunday, the ʻAha Mele Hawaiian Music Series will take place in Waimea Valley, featuring Henry Kapono, Paula Fuga, Jeff Rasmussen, Robi Kahakalau and Roddy Lopez. Pack a picnic blanket, repellant and sunscreen, and spend a relaxing afternoon with your family, deep in the valley. If you want to go for a swim in the waterfall, you will need to pay admission to the park. 

Hawaiʻi Healthy Baby Contest

The annual Hawaiʻi Healthy Baby Contest starts this weekend on the Windward side, featuring adorable infants and toddlers vying for the crown and title. Contestants will be judged on their demeanor and overall cuteness with the winner taking home a $500 prize to offset health or education costs. Preliminaries will be held in Kāneʻohe and Kapolei. Register at by 6 p.m. Thursday before each preliminary round. 

  • Ages 1 to 2-and-a-half years
  • Free
  • Preliminaries on Saturday, Sept. 8, Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe. Sept. 16 preliminary at 10 a.m., Ka Makana Aliʻi, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei. Sept. 22 final round at 10 a.m., Pearlridge Uptown Center Court, 98-1005 Moanalua Road, ʻAiea.

Second Saturday at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

Bring your keiki to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum’s Second Saturday event for hands-on art activities. This month, the Hawai’i Craftsmen will help keiki with an art project titled, “Tree Cycle.” Kids will take inspiration from Satoru Abe’s copper sculptures to create their own out of cardboard. Galleries will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking will be available on the streets surrounding the Hawai’i State Capitol and downtown Honolulu’s historic district.

Family Movie Night at Hukilau Marketplace

Explore the shops and restaurants at Hukilau Marketplace on Friday afternoon before settling on the lawn to watch a free showing of Avengers: Infinity War on a big screen. To get your family comfortable, bring low-back lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and purchase dinner and snacks from the marketplace’s vendors. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the area, and parking also is free.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Friday, Sept. 7. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Hukilau Marketplace lawn, Polynesian Cultural Center. 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie.