Top 5 things to do this weekend

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By Kera Wong-Miyasato

Get those creative juices flowing and good times rolling for this weekend’s fun-filled events! Check out a literacy-dedicated block party in downtown, a mini Okinawan Festival, a worldwide design event, a free foodie photo meetup and the annual Mauka to Makai Fundraiser for Hui o Koolaupoko at Kualoa Ranch.

Hawaii Literacy 8th Annual Pau Hana Block Party: A Benefit for Literacy
Thursday, Sept. 15
6 p.m.
Murphy’s Bar and Grill

Enjoy food, live music, a silent auction and raffle at Murphy’s Bar and Grill in Downtown Honolulu during the Hawaii Literacy annual block party. Each ticket supports Hawaii Literacy’s five programs that help adult and children develop literacy skills for life at no cost to them. Buy a ticket today, or better yet, a table of 10 for your whole crew.

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Mini Okinawan Cultural Fair
Friday, Sept. 16
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds

Join the Hawaii United Okinawa Association this Friday on your lunch break, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Honolulu Hale for a Mini Okinawan Cultural Fair in celebration of Okinawa Festival Month as proclaimed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell! Get some fresh fried andagi to munch on as you learn about the Okinawan culture through booths, games and other activities.

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Worldwide PARK(ing) Day
Friday, Sept. 16
3 p.m.
Various Locations

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space and connections, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat, at least until the meter runs out!

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Worldwide Instameet 14: SALT at Our Kakaako
Saturday, Sept. 17
4 p.m.
SALT at Our Kakaako

Calling all Instagrammers, foodies and creatives! IGERSHI will hosts its second meetup during the Worldwide Instameet 14 at SALT at Our Kakaako to walk around the complex to check out all of the great vendors that have been breathing life into SALT. Bring your appetite, a camera or smartphone and your friends to this free foodie themed event for a yummy good time and a chance to win gift certificates to select restaurants in the complex.

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3rd Annual Mauka to Makai Fundraiser: Huakai Mauka
Saturday, Sept. 17
4 p.m.
Kualoa Ranch

Hui o Koolaupoko is honored to announce its 3rd Annual Mauka to Makai fundraiser. The first of two events, Huakai Mauka (journey to the mountains), takes place on Saturday at picturesque Kualoa Ranch. This event includes an elegant evening on the ranch, featuring tours and libations at HOK’s Hakipuu Stream Restoration Site, followed by a farm to fork dinner prepared by two of Hawaii’s favorite chefs, Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and Kealoha Domingo.

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