Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for October 7–October 13, 2021

Watch animated films from around the world, dig into a skull waffle, sing and dance on a farm and buy cheap books for a discount.



Cultural Animation Film Festival 2021

Eight Hawai‘i animators join a slate of creators from around the world for this free streaming festival. One showcase every day from Friday through Monday will feature different films. The most family-friendly are available Friday, for the Opening Night Animation Celebration, and the CAFF for Kids collection on Sunday. Stream each at your leisure this weekend or watch them all at once. The animations range between one and eight minutes long—so you don’t have to worry about pausing for bathroom breaks—and cover kid-friendly topics from the Greek myth of Narcissus to the story of a boy’s love for his toy carousel and the adventures of three girls who try to prevent a sludge monster from destroying their town on Hawai‘i Island. But the ones we’re most excited to see is “Signs of Silence” by local 7th grader Ella Quemuel-Labrador and “MOHO,” the story about a young Hawaiian boy who wonders, what would Duke Kahanamoku think about the first Olympic surfing competition without a team competing under the Hawaiian flag. Remember, you will need to register separately for each collection.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • The Opening Night celebration is available starting Friday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. CAFF for Kids is available Sunday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. The two other festivals for older kids and adults are available Saturday and Monday. You can watch all through Tuesday, Oct. 12


Keiki And Plow Chickens Courtesy Keiki And Plow 1200

Photo: Courtesy of Keiki and Plow


Music With Molly at Keiki and Plow

Things are getting musical at the farm on Wednesdays this month. Family-run Keiki and Plow is closed right now for open play, but kids and their parents can buy tickets for weekly music circles with mom, musician and puppet maker Molly Whuppie. Bring a picnic blanket for the songs and fun, and comfortable clothes for an hour of open play at the farm afterward. Each session is limited to 25 people.

  • All ages
  • $20 per person. Parents must accompany their kids.
  • Wednesdays in October, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • 587 Pakala St.


SEE ALSO: 🎃 Halloween Events for Families in Hawaiʻi in 2021


Waffles And Latte Photo Pineapple And Keiki

Photo: Courtesy of Pineapple and the Keiki


Monster Mash Playdate at Keiki and the Pineapple

The mom-owned family friendly café has pulled out the skeletons (waffles), ghosts (latte art) and jack-‘o-lantern toast for Halloween fun. Reserve a table inside with your little ones besties so kids can play games including a witch hat ring toss and pumpkin bowling. Don’t forget your costume.

  • All ages
  • $25 to reserve a table. $10 can be used as credit for food in the café.
  • Daily, time slots are available 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • 909 Kapiʻolani Blvd., Suite B
  • (808) 369-7025
  •, @keikiandthepineapple



Ward Village Bookstore Park 112

Photo: Courtesy of Ward Village


Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Moving Sale

Public schools are going on fall break next week, meaning it’s a good time to add to your at-home library. The pop-up bookstore is getting ready to move across the street and that means a 25% discount on all the books, DVDs, CDs and everything else currently on its shelves. Join the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i for an additional 10% off on Sunday. The sale continues until the store closes in its current location on Oct. 17, then it’ll reopen in the old Sedona space on Oct. 19. Make sure to log your reading time into the Hawai‘i State Public Library’s Hallow-read Around the World reading challenge, which runs through Nov. 1.



 Halloween Crafts at Ben Franklin

The crafting store has a whole lineup of fall projects at its O‘ahu locations, ranging from easy precut kits that preschoolers can assemble to Halloween trick-or-treat bags where kids make their own stamps out of foam, to candy corn crochet (above) for older kids who are already skilled in crochet. This week, the most kid-friendly workshop is a poison bottle make-and-take craft in Mapunapuna. But check our list of Halloween events for the workshops best for younger kids, or go to for the full list of crafting sessions.


Poison bottle make-and-take craft sessions:

  • For kids 5 years and older
  • $8
  • Monday, Oct. 11, Tuesday, Oct. 12,  and Thursday, Oct. 14. All one-hour sessions begin at 1 p.m.
  • 2810 Pa‘a St.
  • (808) 833-3800