Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for August 12–18, 2021

Learn to guide by the stars, go shopping in a pop-up of mom-preneurs (and get a Mermaid makeover, too), learn to make a paper hat and sign up for an all-outdoor afterschool program.


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Photo: Courtesy of The Mom Made Market Hawaiʻi


Editor’s Note: Honolulu Museum of Art and Duke’s Oceanfest just canceled in-person plans this month. We suggest checking with individual groups before any event.  


The Mom Made Market

From uber-soft baby blankets and tees to ocean-inspired jewelry to trucker hats, stuffed mochi and pineapple iced cookies, air plants and butterfly kits, the locally-made items from more than 40 mom vendors and mom-supporters will be in one spot this weekend. Storybook Hawaiʻi will offer $20 Mermaid makeovers which include a nail and face painting. Go Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon to pick up a free creation by Balloon Monsoon.

  • All ages
  • Free admission
  • Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ward Centre, 1044 Auahi St. near Kids City Adventure
  • @themommademarkethawaii on Instagram



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Navigating by the Stars Online: Mānaiakalani

Take a virtual course in navigating by the stars from a navigator with the Hōkūleʻa. Kaʻiulani Murphy is a Hawaiian Studies instructor at Honolulu Community College who guided the canoe home from Tahiti on the final part of its worldwide voyage. The Zoom talk will start with a look at what is in the night sky right now and elements of navigating by the stars.

  • Best for upper elementary students and up
  • $6 per login
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, 7 to 8 p.m. Register by 6 p.m. that day.
  • On Zoom


See also: 🌠 2021 Astronomical Highlights: When to Watch the Sky in Hawaiʻi


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Bonus Bites: Raddish Kids Korean Recipes

It may feel like another weekend to spend at home. This month, the subscription cooking kit Raddish Kids offers a two Korean recipes that may be worth whipping up. The sites free Bonus Bites have directions for scallion pancakes and three banchan, or side dishes, spicy cucumber, spinach and bean sprouts. We love the kid-friendly illustrated direction cards and have always ended up with tasty results.


See also: 👩🏽‍🍳 Hawai‘i Parent Hacks: 22 Cooking Tips and Tricks to Try at Home


Natsumatsuri Virtual Festival

Take advantage of the continued trend of virtual events across the nation this weekend. The Japanese American National Museum in California is hosting its summer festival online with crafts and activities to celebrate the season. Download instructions for a paper sun hat, learn how to fold an origami yukata or make a windsock. Little history buffs may enjoy the museum’s newest unboxing video, released on Saturday, which goes into the archives for a look at photos from decades past. This month’s theme will have images of summer fun, food and festivals.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • See all the videos starting Saturday, Aug. 14 at


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Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi Nature Center


Register now: Afterschool Outdoor EDventure Days

The Hawaiʻi Nature Center has opened registration for its afterschool program this fall. Starting Aug. 31, kids will explore the forests and streams around the Makiki center for hiking, looking for wildlife and crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The size of the outside classes is limited to 11 kids. The nature center is also offering a 14-week Environmental Science Series for kids of the same age who are homeschooled. Those 6-hour Wednesday workshops will include field trips as well as work at the center focusing on topics including for lessons about climate change, the ahupuaʻa, native animals and more.


EDventure Days:

  • Kids 6 to 11 years old
  • $65 for two classes a week
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31 through Dec. 9


Environmental Science Series