Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for July 15–21, 2021

Make yarn blossoms at the return of a favorite family event (in person!), ride the Pharoah’s Fury, tune in for an ‘ukulele fest and take a last tour through sunflowers and try an unusual treat.


Ohia Yarn Blossoms Family Sunday Recover From Honolulu Museum Of Art

Yarn ‘ōhia will be added to HoMA’s art installation at the first in-person Family Sunday of 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art


In-Person Family Sunday

We’ll be feeling warm and fuzzy at the first in-person Family Sunday in more than a year at Honolulu Museum of Art. As of Thursday morning, it appears the small hands-on workshop to make yarn ‘ōhia “blossoms” with The Fuzz Hawai‘i is full. (Sign up early for other workshops tied to the Joyful Return exhibit including rock painting in August and October, and the interactive unveiling of a new section of “Current Crossings” in August.) Even if you don’t get a space, you can sit for story time (not in front of a screen this time) in the Chinese Courtyard at 11 a.m. and noon, and use clues to hunt for art in the galleries. If you would rather when the museum offers free programming for HoMA summer nights, stop in the museum shop Saturday night to sign up for a felting workshop with Jenny Marion of local group Little Outcrop.


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The Seven Seas is one of 13 rides that will be up and running for the Aloha Freedom Festival. Photo: Courtesy of E.K. Fernandez.


Aloha Freedom Festival

The fair is back in town. E.K. Fernandez is hosting its first event in more than year with this three-weekend festival. Families can ride 13 of the company’s attractions, ranging from the tame carousel to bumper cars to the high-swinging Pharoah’s Fury. The fun house-style Magic Maze and arcade games will also be open with rides being wiped down regularly. Fairgoers will be required to fill out a health questionnaire with contact tracing information and answer four short questions the day they plan to attend. (If you do it the day before, you will have to fill out a new one when you arrive.) To save time, and avoid standing in a crowd at the gate, fill out the form online ahead of time and flash your QR code to enter. Here’s another tip to avoid a delay at the entrance; visit Aloha Stadium before Friday to fill up your Fun Pass. And yes, there are discount times. Weekends from 4 to 6 p.m., all rides will be reduced to 35 or 45 credits.

  • All ages
  • Admission is 10 credits which is equal to $1. Rides range from 40 to 60 credits.
  • Opens Friday, July 16 and runs Thursday through Sunday through Aug. 1. Opens weekdays at 6 p.m. and noon on weekends.
  • Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.
  •, @ekfernandezshows


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The 42nd Annula Ukulele Festival With Roy & Kathy Sakuma, James Ingram, Ho'okena, And Friends!

Photo: Courtesy of ‘Ukulele Festival Hawai‘i


51st Annual Ukulele Festival Hawai‘i

Roy Sakuma’s festival will remain online this year, but the ‘Ukulele Festival lineup of performers will be broadcast live Sunday on YouTube. Sakuma will host the six hours of entertainment along with former student Jake Shimabukuro and Herb Ohta, Jr., the son of Sakuma’s first teacher and mentor Herb “Ohta-San” Ohta, who will perform. Shimabukuro and Herb Ohta, Jr. will also play along with Ho‘okena, Brittni Paiva, Karlie G and more as well as songs by more than 100 of Sakuma’s super keiki students.


Waimanalo Country Farms Sunflowers Corridor Photo Laura Dornbush

Photo: Laura Dornbush


Final Weekend: Waimānalo Country Farms Sunflower Fields

The sunflower field is open for just four more days for all your summer photo ops. Just like the spring, you’ll book a time for a single vehicle to drive the path and stop for several photos at scenic stations, visit farm animals, and sip on fresh lemonade or ice tea, which is included in your admission price. On weekends, you can get a low country boil and corn on the cob to go. Remember, concessions are cash only. We Tried It! See our five tips for visiting the fields.

  • All ages
  • $10.84 per person 3 years and older when paying with a credit card, $10 cash
  • Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18. Time slots are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo
  • (808) 306-4381


Summer Reading Program Celebration + For Teens: Build a Robot Claw Workshop

We’re excited to see free events returning to the public libraries. Mānoa’s will host two in the next few days. Saturday, July 17, kids can drop in to make fluffy slime, marbelized greeting cards and to add their own chalk creations to the sidewalk to celebrate the Summer Reading Program, which ends on July 31. Registration is not required but crafts are limited to one per child.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mānoa Public Library, 2716 Woodland Drive
  • (808) 988-0459


Then, Tuesdays are for older kids who are interested in robotics and coding. Girls Who Code is loaning the materials for three 90-minute workshops where kids will learn how to build a robot claw and program a few tasks. Registration is required by calling (808) 988-0459.

  • 13 to 18
  • Free
  • Tuesdays, July 20, 27 and Aug. 3 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Mānoa Public Library, 2716 Woodland Drive
  • (808) 988-0459