Hawaii Shinnyo Lantern Floating Interactive Experience
Until June 5
Rather than putting out thousands of souvenir lanterns at Ala Moana Beach, this year’s Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawai’i has morphed into “Many Rivers, One Ocean: Interactive Experience”, accepting reservations nightly until. June 5. Shinnyo-en Hawai’i temple and write notes of those they remember, prayers or affirmative action statements. The messages are added to the art installation, designed by lighting artist Hideaki Tsutsui, featuring a lantern large enough to walk around with a silhouette of a kukui tree symbolizing light, hope and renewal. The social distancing exhibit features hand-painted murals by kumu Boz Schurr and students of the Kamehameha Schools art and mural clubs. There will also be a TV special dedicated to the event from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 31 on KGMB. Go to lanternfloatinghawaii.com for virtual messages, reservations and more information.
2348 S. Beretania Street, lanternfloatinghawaii.com, @shinnyolanternfloatinghawaii
The grand reopening of the HI Brau room
Friday May 28
Fully vaccinated and ready for summer, many of us can safely go out to see friends and have some fun as some of our favorite places reopen and welcome us. This Friday, May 28, the HI Brau Room, this eclectic speakeasy-style bar above Aloha Beer Co. in Kaka’ako, is celebrating its grand reopening from 9 p.m. to midnight. Same hours Saturday. Hmmm, I’m thinking of a Charlie Don’t Surf with gin and kaffir lime and sharing a cheese board.
700 Queen Street, (808) 544-1605, alohabeer.com, @alohabeerco
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Manu-o-Kū Bird Community Art Project
Saturday May 29 and Sunday May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For another artistic and family-friendly interpretation of the dedication of messages to someone special, the community is invited to make Manu-o-Kū birds out of paper and write inspirational messages on their creations. The bird making based on the White Fairy Tern will take place in the small park in front of H Mart in Kaka’ako. The birds will be on display in a temporary community art installation until June 13, on the fence of The Barn at Salt at Our Kaka’ako, 327 Keawe St. home. As part of the Honolulu Official Bird Celebration, at 11 a.m. on May 29, you can learn all about this native bird from marine biologist Susan Scott, author of Hawaii White Tern Manu-o -Kū, an urban sea bird. She will share their unique characteristics, their importance to Hawai’i and Hawaiian culture, and ways to protect this feathered friend. Download a bird outline and find out more at ourkakaako.com/manuoku.
440 Keawe Street, ourkakaako.com, @ourkakaako
Reopening of the Espacio The jewel of Waikīkī
Tuesday June 1
Fantasizing about a staycation madness? From June 1, fun is close by with the reopening of the ultra-luxury Espacio The Jewel of Waikīkī. The nine-suite $ 4,500-a-night resort opened in 2019, and a night there is even more expensive. Each suite has one floor and includes Jacuzzis with ocean views, a private sauna and designer cuisine just steps from the French-Japanese Mugen restaurant. If you’re not quite ready to book a suite, Chef Mugen Jason Yamaguchi offers an eight-course tasting menu starting at $ 150 per person. It’s an eclectic culinary journey that begins with Sassanid osetra caviar served on a blini mochi with dried egg yolk (photo above); and ends with Mililani chocolate crémeux with potato chips, smoked cashew earth (you have to investigate!) and miso caramel. The menu also features produce grown by Yogarden Hawai’i in Waimānalo as part of its commitment to supporting the local. Add food and wine pairings for $ 70.
2452 Kalākaua Avenue, (855) 945-4089, espaciowaikiki.com, @espaciowaikiki
LISTEN TO Kalani Pe’a
Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter / musician Kalani Pe’a celebrates new album, Kau Ka Pe’a, and stand in the spotlight of national music. The charming and energetic performer collects modern verses based on Hawaiian lore and can be spotted on over 125 digital billboards in the Bay Area and New York City as Spotify sheds light on Native Americans Asian and Pacific Islanders this month. He also helped Amazon Music launch a new collection of United States of America and Pacific Island Heritage Month playlists, including “Made in Hawai’i,” highlighting the works. of Hawaiian musicians.
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CELEBRATE Micronesian poetry
Saturday May 29, 12:30 p.m.
Carrying Culture: Micronesia kicks off with ‘Voices of Life’, a live broadcast event featuring poetry readings and discussions with three poets featured in Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia, an anthology of creative writing from a region that is the homeland of many inhabitants of Hawaii.
Find the live stream link via honolulumuseum.org
READ About Opium in Old Hawai’i
Imagine a secret 1886 reunion of five men at the posh Baldwin Hotel in San Francisco, mingle with the schooner Halcyon made famous by author Jack London, and the true crime story of one of America’s first trafficking rings. drug takes place. Opium Kings of Old Hawai’i comes from author and career law enforcement officer John Madinger, who is just as comfortable telling a thriller as he is testifying about money laundering.
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PLAY Tourist in Waikīkī
Since reopening in August, Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s ramen restaurant Momosan Waikīkī has added plates of sushi and poke bowls AND those frozen glasses of Kirin beer that we first encountered in Tokyo and the Hawai’i. Food and Wine Festival. Think of it as a way to travel light without getting on a plane. Excursion!
2452, avenue Kalākaua, (808) 922-0011, momosanwaikiki.com, @momosanwaikiki