Your Information to the Excellent Weekend in Honolulu: March 3–9, 2021
The third day of the third month means Girls’ Day in Hawaii and a good reason to celebrate the girls and women in your life with mochi or other goodies. Our colleagues on the Frolic Hawai’i team did our homework for us to come up with a delicious and beautiful selection of goodies that will mark this day in a sweet and often very pink way. Click here for your selection.
Artist 2 Artist Series with Henry Kapono & guests
Thursday, March 4th to May 27th, 6 p.m.
Blue Note Hawai’i is getting the music going with the start of a 13-concert series this week that is partnered with the Henry Kapono Foundation and is committed to getting Hawai’i’s musicians back to work. Each show features an up-and-coming local musician, followed by a jam and talk story session with some of our state’s best-known entertainers. Not ready to reserve a table yet? The Waikīkī Club has a live streaming ticket option that allows you to watch live and on demand for a week after each show. Henry Kapono will host the series on March 4th with Robi Kahakalau, Kala’e Camarillo and Malia Mahi with an opening performance by Kamaka Camarillo. Next week, March 11th: Jerry Santos with an opening performance by Kamuela Kimokeo.
$ 20– $ 25, 2355 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotehawaii.com
Virtual genealogy workshops with the Hawai’i State Library
Saturdays, March 6th to April 3rd, 10 a.m.
Explore your family tree with the experts at the Hawai’i State Public Library System for a series of five Saturday morning workshops to “learn about various research resources, repositories, and search strategies that can help you find your family history.” The first of this week is: How to Start Finding Your Family Roots, presented by Librarian Kylie Flood at Nānākuli Public Library. The workshops provide a mix of general information as well as specific resources for Hawaii and Native Hawaiians. Additional sessions include Hawaiian newspapers, genealogy resources, Hawaiian mission house historical sites and archives, and a genealogy and land research session with Nā Hawai’i ‘Imi Loa. This series is based on a partnership with the James & Abigail Campbell Library, the Hawaiian Mission Houses and Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Free of charge, registration required, add address of the Nanakuli library, Librarieshawaii.org
Razor drifting at Ka Makana Ali’i
In January, owner Dave Nagamine opened three small but powerful indoor racetracks for three driver levels on an area of 3,000 square meters in Kapolei. Drivers ages 3 and up can take these electric carts for a 10-minute jaunt, with adults traveling around 3 to 4 miles per hour. The setting includes those of the Hale’iwa Bridge, Ko’olau Range, and Waialua Sugar Mill. Families can feel what it is like to drift around corners in a glide that Nagamine says is driving in the snow resembles, but is warmer and safer. “It’s high enough adrenaline to make the adults smile, but safe enough for the keiki,” says Nagamine. Masks are required, as are head socks to keep chain helmets clean. Buy a head sock there for $ 3.50 or bring your own helmet and you won’t need the head sock. The first location for this company was Pearlridge.
$ 10- $ 15, Royal Gift, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, razordrift808.com
Pop up bookstore in Ward Village
Check out the new Friends of the Library of Hawai’i pop-up bookstore in Ward Village in the former Pier 1 Imports area next to the Nordstrom Rack. The temporary store opened on February 27th and has thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, records, artwork, and more. While the traditional summer sale at McKinley High School has been postponed due to the pandemic, this Ward Village and Hawai’i State Federal Credit Union sponsored location will open and replenish every day except Mondays.
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org
Sea Life Park will reopen
March 6-7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After the Sea Life Park in Waimānalo has closed for most of the past year – 354 days to be precise – it will reopen, starting with shorter weekend hours and increased health and safety measures. The marine life-centric attraction invites visitors to book online tickets for contactless experiences and an additional behind-the-scenes tour ($ 49.99, including park entrance).
$ 14.99 for children, $ 22.99 for adults, for Kamaaina prices, 41-202 Kalaniana’ole Highway, No. 7, Waimānalo, sealifeparkhawaii.com
Lasting impressions art exhibition
March 2nd to March 27th
The Arts at Marks Garage in downtown Honolulu showcases the work of 11 local artists. Artist MaryAnne Long curated this exhibition to showcase the skills and backstories of artists who made a positive impact on her: Christopher Edwards, Elizabeth Kent, Frank Oliva, Jodi Endicott, Calvin Lac, Robert Mace, Esperance Rakotonirina, Michelle Schwengel- Regala, Sam Campos, Wendy Johnson Roberts and Roger Tinius.
1159 Nu’uanu Ave., artsatmarks.com
Diamond Head State Monument open more often
Beginning March 8th
After months of closing and opening – but for fewer days per week than before COVID-19 – the popular Diamond Head State Monument will soon be open to hikers six days a week from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last entrance). The gates close at 6 p.m. Hawaiian residents can park and enter for free. However, non-residents and commercial vehicles pay a fee to maintain the trail. The monument is closed on Wednesdays.
Diamond Head Road, dlnr.hawaii.gov