November Event Picks

Lei Culture November Events

Don’t know what to do once you’ve stepped off the plane and fully enjoyed the scenery? We’ve got you covered with a diverse list of events all through November.

But first! Check out this list of eight amazing LGBT films from around the globe playing at Hawaii International Film Festival.


Chain of Fire Various locations, Honolulu (O‘ahu)| October 30 to November 9, various times

Immerse yourself in the world of art from the Oceania, Asia, and the Americas at this event co-presented by the Hawai‘i International Film Festival and the Honolulu Biennial Foundation.


Saturday Morning Special SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, Auahi St. and around the corner of Hank’s Haute Dogs and Highway Inn, Honolulu (O‘ahu) | November 1 (every first Saturday), 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Relax and spend a day off and check out great shops and vendors every first Saturday of the month at Our Kaka‘ako.


Hawaii International Film Festival Various locations (O‘ahu, Big Island, Kaua‘i) | October 30 to November 9 (O‘ahu), November 13 to 16 (Big Island, Kaua‘i), various times

Be among film lovers and enthusiasts alike and premiere a wide election of international films from Japan’s The Vancouver Asahi to the United Kingdom’s The Imitation Game.


44th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Various locations (Big Island) | November 7 to 16, various times

Rejoice in 44 years of Kona coffee with about 40 events dedicated to the history, culture, and culinary arts of Kona coffee and the farmers who grow them.


Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking Group Kahakuloa Ridge (Maui) | November 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Join this regular group of hikers on a challenging hike around three-miles long that weaves along a stream and offers a retreat into nature.



 ‘Ōiwi Shorts Showcase | Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | November 9, 1 p.m., and November 11, 7:30 p.m.

Bring entertainment to your day when you view local cinematic pieces in this showcase from inspired students and brilliant Native Hawaiian filmmakers.  $8 for museum members and $10 for general admission.


Honolulu Night Market | 499 Cooke St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | November 15 (every third Saturday), 6-11 p.m.

Shop for style or stick around for the fashion shows at this month’s Night Market in Our Kaka‘ako with its theme of all things fashion for Hawai‘i Fashion Month.


3rd Annual Makahiki Festival | Waimea Valley Upper Meadow and Amphitheater, Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy., Hale‘iwa (O‘ahu) | November 15

From exhibitions and vendors to games and workshops, and the return of the Ke‘alohi Hula Competition, there is something for everyone at the third annual Makahiki Festival.


Hula’s Sweet 16 Party | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd floor Waikiki Grand Hotel (O‘ahu) |November 16 (every third Saturday), 5 p.m.-Closing

Be a part of this special day at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand and 10% of its proceeds will go to (the presenter of the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival).


Rainbow Dine-out GroupSugar Cane Mill, Lahaina (Maui) | November 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join instant friends at this elegant café with an overlook of the harbor. RSVP at least three days in advance!

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Eat the Street | Streetside, 555 South St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | November 21 4 to 9 p.m.

For breakfast lovers and meat-eaters, sink your teeth into this month’s array of food vendors with the menu theme of bacon.


Boas & Bow Ties: 2014 Equality Hawaii Gala | Dole Cannery / Pōmaika‘i Ballroom, 735 Iwilei Rd., Honolulu (O‘ahu)| November 22, 7 p.m.

Celebrate the first anniversary for marriage equality in Hawai‘i with this stunning gala.  More information on the event will be available soon.


Hawai‘i Honey Festival 421 Makalika St., Hilo (Big Island) | November 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located at Nani Mau Gardens, enjoy a taste of local Hawaiian honey and learn more about honey and bees from the Big Islands Beekeepers Association.


Art School Holiday Sale | Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | November 26 to December 7 (closed November 27 for Thanksgiving Day), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From metalwork to ceramics, these handcrafted pieces of art made by artists and students of the Honolulu Museum of Art are bound to make a welcome addition to your home.

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