Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for April 29–May 5, 2021

Volunteer at a butterfly garden, celebrate Lei Day six different ways and shop for adorable and stylish goods made by local moms.

Surfrider Foundation Garden Harvest Cucumber Photo Laura Dornbush

Photo: Laura Dornbush

Kaka‘ako Ocean-Friendly Garden Workday

The kid-friendly garden by the Surfrider Foundation is opening its gates to volunteers this weekend. Little ones who like to get down into the dirt will have the opportunity to weed, clean and plant seedlings outside. Make sure to take a stroll near the new butterfly garden to see what winged insects have come to visit. Bring bug repellent, water, sunscreen and wear long sleeve shirts and pants.  Don’t worry if your little one can’t make it through the full three-hour shift and don’t be surprised if you leave with a little harvest of your own. We tried it! See our tips for the workday.


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Lei Aaron Yoshino 1200

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

May Day

There are several ways to celebrate lei day Saturday, May 1 (and beyond).


Add a lei to add to the city’s world record attempt. See workshops here then drape it somewhere and post a photo with #leidaycelebration2021.  Then walk past Booth Park to see the creations families added to a more than 1,600-foot floral chain that the city is planning to use to encircle the area. We’re sure the kids will also want to stop by the playground there; it is too tempting.


Make your own lei po‘o, or haku lei. HONOLULU Magazine and Paiko have a how-to video.


Keiki Kaukau Lei Courtesy Keiki Kaukau

Photo: Courtesy of Keiki Kau Kau

For a lei you can make over and over, we love the sturdy set from Keiki Kau Kau which includes wooden plumeria, orchid, crown flower and pua kenikeni beads to string and wear. $24 at or find it in stores including Hopscotch and Kira Hawai‘i in Kaka‘ako, Homegrown in Pearlridge Shopping Center and Sugarcane Shop in Kaimukī.


Tune in to a live concert. Keauhou, Robert Cazimero and his Hālau Nā Kamalei o Līlīlehua are among the performers in Hawaiian Airlines free concert that streams on the airlines Facebook page Saturday, May 1 at 6 p.m.


Take photos with a “lei.” The Marriott has created a fun filter that allows you to “don” an orchid lei. Find it through the Instagram accounts for  its properties, including the Sheraton Waikīkī and Sheraton Princess Ka‘iulani, tap the smiling face icon, hit “try it” then line up your lei.


SEE ALSO: 🌺 Local Lei Shops Are Blooming All Over Town and We Found 3 That Are Flourishing Right Now


Mom Made Market

Support all those self-made mom bosses out there at this market of local designers and makers. We spotted Nico Made, Hi‘ilani and Sticky Fingers on the lineup as well as these sweet new shirts from Short Stack and more. Bring shoes for strolling; vendors will be spread out through the old Sedona space near Kids City Adventure, Ward Centre and South Shore Market and Spend $100 at a Ward shop before or afterward and you can pick up a free Punky Aloha tote bag from Ward Village.

  • Free
  • All ages
  • Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ward Village, 1170 Auahi St. and 1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • @themommademarkethawaii


SEE ALSO: 🤸 We Tried It: Kids City Adventure Honolulu


Free Taco Day

Taco Bell says May 4, we’ll see a taco moon. To be honest, we have no idea what that means, unless the fast food restaurant means the waning crescent moon resembles a taco shell. All that we care about is the fact that it means a free taco for everyone when you order online or stop in a restaurant after 8 p.m. Here are the details.


Looking for more activities for adults? See HONOLULU Magazine’s weekend guide here.