Through September 8
Engaging one of the critical global issues of the day, Hawai‘i-based artist Chimera's work considers migration through the lens of the artist's own genealogical history. Ideas and questions of nativity, citizenship, immigration and selfhood are interrogated in work that is as deeply personal as it is political.
$20, Honolulu Museum of Art, Makiki/Ward, O‘ahu, honolulumuseum.org
July 20 through 21
The biggest noncompetitive hula festival in the islands is held on the glorious and historic grounds of Iolani Palace. Take in the beauty of contemporary and ancient hula, performed by decorated halau hula (hula schools) to honor the memory of Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who once ruled the Kingdom of Hawai‘i as Kamehameha V.
July 20, 9 am-4 pm; July 21, 9 am-3 pm. 364 King St., Downtown Honolulu, O‘ahu
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The 49th rendition of the largest ukulele festival in the country brings an international lineup of artists to the stage to play Hawai‘i's most beloved instrument. In addition to performances, which include the 600-piece Roy Sakuma ‘Ukulele Band, there will be free lessons, keiki activities and much more.
10:30 am-5 pm, Kapi‘olani Park, Waikiki, O‘ahu
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On the third Sunday of each month, HoMA's beautiful and tranquil satellite property in Makiki hosts a complimentary all-ages day of programming, which includes entertainment and an arts-based activity appropriate for children. Stroll through the botanical gardens and lunch at the on-site cafe–there's even a shuttle to transport you from the museum and back.
10 am-2 pm, The Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, Makiki, O‘ahu
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Starting July 23
PAI Honolulu will add sake to the restaurant’s beverage program, debuting the new additions at a pairing dinner on July 23. Part of PAI’s monthly pairing dinner series, the menu will feature three courses by Chef Kevin Lee, designed to pair exceptionally well with sake. The menu starts with a trio of bites, paired with a sake flight, progresses to Uni Panna Cotta with puffed rice, sake gelée, wakame and peekytoe crab, and for the main dish, Beef Short Rib with potato purée and Szechuan peppercorn jus.
Two seatings are available, at 5:45pm and 8:00pm, and special guest Tassho of World Sake will educate diners on sake craft and appreciation. Tickets are $95/person (plus tax and gratuity, included in the online purchase) with pairings, or $65/person for guests who choose to omit the pairings. Reservations required in advance. Purchase tickets and view additional menu details here.
In 2016, Under My Umbrella, Inc partnered with Kona Brewing Company to launch the first Traveling Plate; a unique “traveling” culinary event stretching across our island chain. For the inaugural campaign over 20 chefs and restaurants, 45 local farmers and 20 food and beverage companies came together to celebrate nonprofits, chefs and producers in our community while raising much needed funds for one lucky nonprofit. Each year this campaign has grown significantly and has become a favorite summer giveback for many chefs throughout Hawaii. The Traveling Plate selection committee is proud to announce Surfrider Hawai‘i as this year’s new beneficiary.For the entire month of August each participating restaurant will create a special “Traveling Plate” dish and a portion of proceeds from each dish or beverage purchased will go directly back to Surfrider’s local Hawai‘i Chapters. In addition to the month long campaign, Traveling Plate Pau Hana events will take place statewide providing an opportunity for locals and visitors to learn more about Surfrider.
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The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaiʻi’s 150-year love affair with sake—from the early days of Japanese immigration and the founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery up to the present. On August 9th, Honolulu hosts the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, and its summer Joy of Sake celebration is the biggest annual sake event in the country.
6:30pm–9:00pm, Early Access 5:30 pm–9:00pm; Honolulu Convention Center
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The restaurant’s August pairing dinner, a PAI Summer BBQ, will take place on August 27. Chef Lee plans a refreshing three-course menu, inspired by the flavors of summer. Guests have a choice of wine or beer pairings, perfect for summer weather. Diners can expect to experience a range of tastes from cuisines around the world in a single meal, showcased no better than in Chef Lee’s artful tasting menu. PAI holds monthly pairing dinners, typically held on the last Tuesday of the month, featuring a menu inspired by a region, flavor or culinary style.
Tickets are $95/person (plus tax and gratuity, included in the online purchase) with pairings, or $65/person without pairings. Menu and pairing selections to be announced. Reservations required in advance. Purchase tickets and view additional menu details here.
September 21 - 29
Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel Schedule of Events for Aloha Festivals
Saturday, September 21, 2019 6 to 9 p.m.
Aloha Festivals 67th annual Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a, Kalākaua Avenue. The Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a is Hawai‘i’s largest annual block party featuring local food, music and entertainment. (free)
Thursday, September 26, 2019 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Royal Art Gallery Tour with cultural advisor Ikaika Pestana. (free) 4 to 6 p.m.: Haku Lei Making with master lei maker Meleana Estes. ($45 hotel guests/$55 non-guests) 6 to 8 p.m.: “Kupuna Korner” Enjoy magical stories of Waikiki’s Golden Era through some Hawaii’s legendary entertainers and artists. Performers scheduled to appear (subject to change): Teresa Bright, Kumu James Dela Cruz, Aunty Iwalani Tseu and Aunty Pikake Enos. (Free)
Friday, September 27, 2019 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Learn the art of hula with award winning Hula Ambassador Aureana Tseu (Miss Hawaii 2009, Miss Aloha Hula 1st runner up 2007) and Kumu Hula Kalani Ah Sing through Hula Basics (Haki Kino) at Leahi Room/Terrace located on the 3rd floor. (free) 6 to 9 p.m.: “Aloha Couture” fashion show & pop-up. See the latest in local fashion from Hawaii’s top designers. Shop for Hawaii-designed aloha wear, accessories and apparel. (free) Designers scheduled to participate (subject to change): Kini Zamora, Zane Style Hawaii, Hugs & Honis, BikiniBird, Kauhulale’a, Pulelehua, Nahe Wahine, PōMahina, Genuine Guava, Island Edge Designs and Iris Viacrusis.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Learn the art of hula with award winning Hula Ambassador Aureana Tseu (Miss Hawaii 2009, Miss Aloha Hula 1st runner up 2007) and Kumu Hula Kalani Ah Sing through Hula Basics (Haki Kino) at Leahi Room/Terrace located on the 3rd floor. (free) 9 a.m. to noon: Aloha Festivals 73rd annual Floral Parade, Kalakaua Avenue. A colorful procession of horseback riders, performers and floats covered with Hawaiian flowers. (free) Sunday, September 29, 2019 4 to 7 p.m. “Sunset Sessions” at the Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel – featuring Hawaii’s top musical performers with a beach party vibe. Book a table at Deck. Bar & Grill for preferred seating during "Sunset Sessions.” Performances are free, but capacity is limited, 2-drink minimum per person.
All events open to the public, and space is limited, so early sign-up is encouraged. The Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel is committed to supporting the local community and opportunities to share the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle. The hotel is a proud Laulima sponsor of this year’s Aloha Festivals. For more information on the Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel and its offerings, click here!