Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for July 29–Aug. 3, 2021

Pick up a free nappacino and shop at a family pop-up market, take a blanket to the Waikīkī Shell for a free concert, go on a virtual tidepool visit and more.


Keiki Kaukau A Cake Life Cookies Photo A Cake Life

Keiki Kaukau-themed cookies in collaboration with A Cake Life is just one item you can pickup at the local mom-owned businesses second birthday celebration. Photo: Courtesy of Keiki Kaukau


Keiki Kaukau’s Second Anniversary Celebration

We love it when three Best of HONOLULU Family winners come together. Mom-run Keiki Kaukau celebrates its second birthday at Keiki and the Pineapple (winner no. 2) with a mini mom market full of kid-friendly (of course) items, photo sessions and free babyccinos (steamed milk) and nappacinos (steamed milk with lavender and honey) from the café. Buy cookie decorating kits inspired by Keiki Kaukau’s wooden toys from A Cake Life (winner no. 3), stop for a 5-minute photo session photo, and keep the kids occupied with free mini coloring books and shave ice or pineapple handprint crafts while you browse cute creations by Love and Monsters, Ava & Oliver, HNL Baby Co. and more. Buy a $5 raffle ticket to win prizes from the vendors. Proceeds will go to the Hawai‘i Food Bank.

  • All ages
  • Free admission. Photo sessions are $10.
  • Sunday, Aug. 1. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Keiki and the Pineapple, 909 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite B. Cookie kits are also available for pre-order and pickup from A Cake Life.
  • (808) 369-7025
  •, @keikikaukau

See also: 🍧 New Year, New Adorable Hawai‘i Toys from Keiki Kaukau


Waikiki Shell Ampitheater Beach Hawaii Cover

Photo: James Nakamura


Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Ohana Concert

Bring a blanket and claim a spot on the lawn of Kapi‘olani Park for this free concert by the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra. Families can listen to the music of Star Wars, Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera and Wagner’s “Prelude to Lohengrin,” and other selections on this summer night. Suggested donations of $5 a ticket will go to the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Reserve your spaces online and show your receipt to get in. Remember, coolers and backpacks are not allowed. You can see the rules for the shell here.

  • All ages
  • Free, $5 suggested donation
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Waikīkī Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave.
  • (808) 380-7720

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Photo: Christi Young


School Supply Donation Drives

Public school starts again next week (are you all ready?) and there are several places collecting new pencils, crayons, scissors, folder paper and other supplies for keiki who need them. Here are a few you can stop by this week.

  • July 30-Aug. 31: Pearlridge Center is trying to fill an entire bus with notebooks, pens, backpacks, slippers and more. Drop-off at Mauka Center Court, T&C Surf, Wai Makai Center Court and Hawaiian Island Creations.
  • Through July 31: All American Savings Banks locations will accept supplies and monetary donations to give to Helping Hands Hawai‘i.
  • Saturday, July 31: Donate $10 in school supplies at Wet’n’Wild after 4 p.m. and receive one $19.99 admission. The movie this weekend is A Bug’s Life.




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Get Into Your Sanctuary Week

The first week of August is Sanctuary Week, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration celebrates the 15 National Marine Sanctuaries across the nation and the Pacific Ocean. For families, it means an opportunity to go on virtual field trips and listen to virtual talks about amazing things you can find in the oceans and coastlines. In the lineup, we were most intrigued by a talk by divers (and underwater video, of course) about shipwrecks off the East Coast (Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. Hawai‘i time), local representation through a virtual visit to Waikīkī Aquarium (Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.) followed by a reading by local kids book author Caren Loebel-Fried of A Perfect Day for an Albatross (10 a.m.) and a virtual tidepool adventure at Duxbury Reef in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California (Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7 a.m. our time).