With Spring just starting on March 20th, it is now the season for new beginnings! This is no exception for the city of Honolulu, and with new entertainment, restaurants, stores and events, it is sure to be an exciting time!

Here is a small handful of what’s new…

EVENTS AND EXHIBITS

– “Beginning and End of the Bomb” exhibition at Kapi’olani Community College Library from March 29th to May 11th. This exhibit illustrates the role of nuclear weapons since 1945.

– “Self-Assembly” ceramics exhibition at First Hawaiian Center from March 29th until June 15th. A ceramics installation by Christopher Edwards mixes art with math and science.

– The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum celebrates the centuries-old practice of long-distance ocean voyaging. Featuring the Hawaiian sailing canoe, Hokulea, and its return to Hawaii, this exhibit is a collaboration between Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. It is on display in the J. M. Long Gallery through June 24th.

– Ala Moana Shopping Center’s “Hula with Aloha” is a Hawaiian cultural experience where locals and tourists alike may learn and practice hula dancing with award-winning hula teachers. It is is located on Level 3, Ewa Wing in the Bloomingdale’s Court on Monday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

 

HOTELS AND RESORTS

– The former Pacific Beach Hotel recently underwent a 115 million dollar remodel and debuted as the new “Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.” Located in central Waikiki, this 839-room resort will feature five new culinary concepts and an extraordinary pool deck.

– The new “Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach” features a whole garden of taro plants that line the pool deck. Once per month, a Hawaiian cultural advisor will give a lesson on how to harvest taro and prepare lau lau (steamed pork or fish wrapped in taro leaves).

 

SHOPPING AND DINING

– Duty Free Store, featuring luxury items available tax-free for people leaving the country soon, recently opened a 2,000 square-foot shop at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort. The village significantly expanded its retail space and will have other stores coming soon, as well!

– New stores to Waikiki’s International Market Place include NightRider Jewelry, Robin’s Jean, Rolex and Surf Line Hawaii. Also, on the Grand Lanai from April 9th until April 6th, select restaurants will have special prix-fixe menus for the marketplace restaurant week. The new restaurant “Baku,” a modern robatayaki restaurant, will be included in this event.

– Maui-born Chef Elmer Guzman recently opened his new restaurant “Fish Hook Cafe” at Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites. The cafe features locally and sustainably-sourced grab-and-go items for both breakfast and lunch.

– The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club introduced a new, musically-inclined Sunday dining experience at “Mahina & Sun.” The brunch featured locally sourced foods in recipes created by executive chef Erik Leong.