Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: May 19-26, 2021

Photo: Courtesy Nasa Ames Research Center / Brian Day

Watch a total lunar eclipse

Tuesday, May 25 to Wednesday, May 26, from 11:45 p.m. to 1:18 a.m.

This 2021 astro-wow-ical event, called “Super Flower Blood Moon” – a combo of a super moon and a lunar eclipse – will feature the largest, brightest, and bloodiest moon (more brilliant that gore) this year. And the best places to see this celestial body are here in Australia and New Zealand. Again, we live in Hawai’i. No special glasses are needed to view the eclipse, which technically begins on Tuesday at 11:45 p.m. However, you may want to have an advantage, as the most drastic change won’t happen until around 1:18 a.m. Wednesday. If you plan to watch it, be on time: The Bishop Museum says the moon will turn red for about seven minutes, from 1:18 a.m. to 1:25 a.m., then the color will fade. At 2:52 a.m., it will be a good night’s moon and the eclipse will be pau.

SEE ALSO: Astronomical Highlights 2021: When to Look at the Sky in Hawaiʻi

Pj Dahl courtesy of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Photo: Courtesy of PJ Dahl

Free Zoom Chat with Lightning Ace “PJ” Dahl

Friday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Talking about escaping death: World War II decorator PJ Dahl survived many life-threatening scenarios, including being shot, crashing on a runway, refloat and survive two days in a life raft. #BEYONDBLESSED. This Friday, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s Hangar Talk, hear the exciting and incredible story of his life in the military, which spanned from WWII and beyond. Special guest Brad Ball, President of the 475th Foundation, will join him to discuss the days Dahl flew the P-38 Lightning – a fighter known for its incredible speed and power. Those interested have two days to register for the event and can submit questions for the Ace of Nine Lives in advance.

Dog dressed in tutu

Photo: Courtesy of the Hawaiian Humane Society

Hawaiian Humane Society Virtual Tuxes & Tails Event

Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m. on KGMB

The Hawaiian Humane Society does an incredible job ensuring the health and safety of its animals. This weekend, kick your paws and take the time to support the community organization by leveraging its Tuxes and Tails virtual advantage. During the hour-long event, listen to the mellow tunes of an all-star musical lineup including Henry Kapono, Sistah Robi and Ginny Tiu with Jordan Segundo. Furry stories of inspiring rescues and talks about the future of the local animal shelter will also be part of the evening’s festivities. An online auction will begin at 6 p.m. and guests can bid on prizes that include jewelry, fine wine, a Maui getaway, an occasion for your pet to be famous, and a decadent dinner with the mayor ( top dog) Rick Blangiardi at La Mer de Halekūlani.

Tuxes and Tails will air again on May 23 at 6 p.m. on KHNL and May 24 at 8 p.m. on KFVE. For more information visit

SEE ALSO: Where to Adopt a Pet in Honolulu

Illustration of a woman on a bicycle

Illustration: Getty Images

Bike Clinic Series at Ward Village

Sunday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May is National Cycling Month. It’s a big wheelie problem, since bike sales have skyrocketed during COVID-19. So if you were one of the many riders who recently scored a single seater, check out the Ward Village Bike Clinic this Sunday. Learn how to change a tire and extend the life of your bike with proper care. Boca Hawai’i will have a tent set up for tune-ups and more serious mechanical issues that are too much for rookie rookies to handle. Bonus: All participants will be automatically entered to win a free bike, courtesy of Boca Hawai’i. The winner will be called at 10:15 am and must be present to collect the new hot wheels.

Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi Street,

Other ideas

Via Gelato Cake 1200

Strawberry shortbread and vegan chocolate cakes and haupia gelato. Photo: Martha Cheng

Eat cake

It’s hot out there, so take off all your clothes. Okay, if you’re not comfortable with that or have a lot of windows in your house, treat yourself to Via Gelato’s ice cream cakes instead. Thanks to Martha Cheng from HONOLULU, we learned all about the new beat-the-heat treat that combines such dreamy ice-cream flavor combinations with bases made from baked goods.

Cakes are 5 inches (for four to six) and 7 inches (for eight) and start at $ 34. Place your orders at least 48 hours in advance. There is also a limited selection of cakes available for walk-in people in Via Gelato’s freezer. 1142 12th avenue, (808) 732-2800,, @viagelato

Woman in a Park in a Gillia Dress

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

Buy summer dresses

Our house dresses have become our evening dresses. But we still want them to have that effortless, sexy-chic vibe I just got out of bed and looked spotless. With that, check out the new Gillia Essence collection which is available for pre-order now. The dresses that will soon be your favorite are lightweight, come in a variety of pretty pastels (muted), some styles have pockets (!), And if you grab one now you’ll get a matching scrunchie free – for those days – there you have the headboard.

Dresses starting at $ 158,, @gilliaclothing

SEE ALSO: Get the Coziest House Dresses from 11 Local Hawaiian Designers

Sakamotos Swim Class Book Cover

Photo: Courtesy of Da Shop: Books + Curiosities

Read something inspiring

From what the reviews say, Sakamoto Swimming Club: How a teacher led an unlikely team to victory by Julie Abery and illustrated by Chris Sasaki is a big win for her rich illustrations and invaluable lessons for children looking to become champions. The book tells the story of a local science teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, who trained a group of local keiki to swim competitively using the natural current of irrigation ditches for practice. The members of the Swim Club went on to achieve great success as a whole and individually, winning Olympic medals and national awards. It’s one of those stories you just can’t make up. Tear.

$ 17.99, Da Shop: Books + Curiosities, 3565 Harding Ave., (808) 421-9460,, @dashophnl

Plain White Ts courtesy of Blue Note Hawaii

Photo: courtesy of Blue Note Hawai’i

Listen to Plain White T’s

From Thursday, May 20 to Saturday, May 22, shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

I forgot how much I love T’s Plain White. As I write this, “Rhythm of Love” is playing and it makes me feel all types of magical bliss. How many times have I wished my name was Delilah? A lot. Do yourself a favor and fall in love with the American rock band again at Blue Note Hawai’i this weekend.

Tickets are sold in tables of four, or $ 35-45 per person, Blue Note Hawai’i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave.,, @bluenotehawaii


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