Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for March 3–9, 2022
Grab mochi for Girls Day, read these local books and check out a new(ish) farmers market at Windward Mall this weekend on Oʻahu.
Get Your Girls Day Mochi!
Full from malassadas and pancakes you ate on Fat Tuesday? Well, make room for mochi—the sweet Japanese confectionary that’s associated with Girls Day today.
Girls’ Day, or hinamatsuri, is celebrated on March 3, with doll displays, sweet candies, special sushi and, yes, mochi.
And if you didn’t already pre-order, don’t worry. Our friends at Frolic Hawaiʻi came up with a list of shops on Oʻahu that are still selling mochi, even today.
If you want something extra special—and more savory—order the Hinamatsuri Mixed Plate ($28) from Artizen by MW. (Yes, you don’t have to preorder!) The plate features miso-honey-glazed butterfish, meatloaf, Jidori chicken nishime and white rice.
Free Sundays at Foster Botanical Garden—Plus Art!
For the month of March, the city-run Foster Botanical Garden is free on Sundays. Which means you can explore the 14-acre garden with its magnificent trees and tropical plants without paying admission ($3 kamaʻāina adults, $1 for children 2 to 12). Even better, you can view three art installations by artists Ai Weiwei, Leeroy New and TOQA from this year’s Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022. Pack a picnic lunch!
If you’re interested in learning more about the art showcased in the Hawaiʻi Triennial, you’re in luck. Starting Friday, artist and curator Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick will be hosting weekly tours from 1 to 2 p.m. through the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, through May 6. Exhibit staff will also be leading tours from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at Royal Hawaiian Center, running through May 6. These walks are great for older kids who love art.
- All ages
- Some events are free; all-access pass cost $75 for adults, $25 for students with a valid ID
- Runs from Feb. 18 to May 8
- Various locations on Oʻahu
Keep On Reading!
Read Across America Day may have been yesterday, but the whole month of March is still National Reading Month. Instill a love of reading in your kids by committing extra time this month to curling up with a few good books. There are lots of great titles in the National Education Association’s Read Across America booklist about books and reading here. Or check out these 30 locally authored books perfect for kids here.
Some other ideas:
- Visit your local library. Many have interactive activities and games for kids.
- Join a book club—or start one with your family. If you have teen readers, encourage them to start one with their book-loving friends.
- Create a book exchange in your neighborhood. It can be as simple as putting out a weather-proof container filled with books you’re willing to give away with a sign that reads, “Take a book, leave a book.”
- Donate books to libraries, charities or shelters.
- Try a new genre. Maybe your kid loves superhero books; try a nonfiction title about animals or outer space.
Sign Up Your Keiki for Virtual Hula Classes
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One of the best ways to learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) is through hula. And you can sign up your keiki for an interactive hula series with the Still & Moving Center starting March 6. The 8-week series—all virtual—is led by veteran kumu Mālia Helelā, who’s fluent in Hawaiian and composes her own original oli (sacred chants). Students will learn both hula kahiko and hula ʻauana, with basic dance steps, hand gestures and mele (song). The Keiki Hula Spring Series offers two classes: 3 to 3:45 p.m. Mondays for keiki 3 to 6 years old, and 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Sundays for keiki 7 to 12 years old. Cost is $165. Learn more or register here.
This Kaimukī Bakery is Fundraising for Ukraine
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Breadshop in Kaimukī will be donating all of its sales on Saturday to support the efforts of World Central Kitchen, a non-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals to those in need—and currently helping those who are fleeing Ukraine. Right now the Saturday menu is sold out online, but the bakery will be adding more items that day. Visit exploretock.com/breadshop to order.
Visit a (Kinda) New Farmers Market in Kāneʻohe
After nearly two years, the popular twice-weekly farmers market at Windward Mall returned to the mall last month. The refreshed market, now run by Plenty of Aloha, features dozens of local farmers and food vendors selling everything from fresh veggies to smoked fish and poi. The market runs from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays in the mall’s Center Court. Some must-visits are Hiro’s Smokehouse, with its super ʻono poke and smoked marlin dip, and Da Mochi Guys, with its hand-crafted stuffed mochi. For more information, visit here.
Free Swim is Back at City Pools
All regular pool activities—including free swim—is allowed in city park pools starting this month. The availability of pools and programs offered depend on staffing, particularly pool lifeguards, and pool conditions.
Currently, several pool locations remain closed, including Waipahū, Pearl City and Waialua, with intermittent closures at Pālolo Valley district parks. However, the Waipahū Pool is scheduled to reopen this summer, and the pool in Waialua is expected to reopen by the end of March 2022, based on pool lifeguard staffing. For more information about pool locations and staff contact information for pool scheduling, visit here.