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 October.
Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Pali Trail (Wind Turbines), Wailuku (Maui) | Every second Saturday of the month, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Locals and visitors are welcomed to go on a hiking adventure each month. The Pali Trail will overlook the Honolua Bay, a historic and breathtaking site with picturesque ocean view.
Catamaran Cruise | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd floor Waikiki Grand Hotel (O‘ahu)| Every Saturday | $20
Check out one of O‘ahu’s gay bars and enjoy an afternoon cruise with Hula’s “wettest, wildest, half naked pride.”
Maui Pride Weekend | Various locations (Maui) | October 2-5, various times
Locals and visitors are invited to celebrate with Maui’s biggest LGBT pride festival featuring a one-day film festival, glitter party, hike, performance by Frenchie Davis, a breakfast social, and much more.
Hawaii Slam | Fresh Café, 831 Queen St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | October 2, 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night of spoken word with slam poets competing to qualify for the HawaiiSlam Finals in May 2015, when one team will be chosen to represent Hawai’i in the 2015 National Poetry Slam in New Jersey.
Moscow International Circus | Neal Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave. (O‘ahu) | October 3-5
The Moscow International Circus returns to Hawai‘i after 10 years for audiences to enjoy an action-packed performance of acrobats, aerial ballet, contortionists, high-flying daredevils, and more. A dollar from each ticket will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
Rocktoberfest 2014 | Weyand Field, Schofield (O‘ahu) | October 3, 4 to 10 p.m.
Rock out to music by Army Music Hawaii while sampling German food and drinks and enjoying a night of entertainment of games and contests.
‘Aha Mele featuring Kapena Kaiholu | Waimea Valley, 59-865 Kamehameha Hwy. (O‘ahu) | Free
This monthly Hawaiian music festival comes to beautiful Waimea Valley, featuring talented Hawaiian band Kapena Kaiholu and an award-winning halau (hula school).
Kava Festival | University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, McCarthy (O‘ahu) | October 4, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Free
Spend the day listening to Hawaiian tunes as you learn about a plant (and drink made of its roots) important to Pacific Island cultures through workshops, booths, and demonstrations.
Hawaii International Film Festival | Various locations (O‘ahu, Big Island, Kaua’i) | October 4-November 16, Various times
Connect with 70,000 film enthusiasts from around the state, nation, and world for screenings of around 150 intriguing features, documentaries, and short films.
Return of the “Blood Moon” | Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St. (O‘ahu) | October 7-8, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | $10 general, $5 members and children
Come on down to the late-night viewing party of the blood moon lunar eclipse on the lawn with telescope viewings, planetarium shows, and special tours throughout the night, including a sneak peek at the latest exhibit.
PetWalk 2014 | Magic Island Beach Park, 136 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | October 12, 7 a.m.
Bring your furry friends to support the Hawaiian Humane Society in raising money for animals on O‘ahu. There will also be a pet costume contest, pet float contest, and other activities and refreshments.
Maui Ukulele Festival | Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului (Maui) | October 11, 1 to 6 p.m.
Roll out a blanket or bring your lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon on the lawn listening to artists such as Jake Shimabukuro. When you want to stretch your legs, check out the different food booths and activities that take part as well.
The Great Pumpkin Festival | Holy Nativity School, 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | October 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Select from over 2,000 locally grown pumpkins at the largest pumpkin patch in East Honolulu and enjoy a day browsing the country store, grinds from local food and drink vendors, activities for kids, and live music.
Honolulu Night Market | 449 Cooke St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | October 18 (every third Saturday), 6 to 11 p.m.
Walk the streets of Kaka‘ako for a night of fun and fashion. Enjoy live music and food while browsing local pop-up shops and admiring art pieces.
The Rainbow Dine-Out Group | Roasted Chiles, 1279 South Kihei Rd. (Maui) | October 21 (every third Tuesday of the month)
Meet locals and visitors in the LGBT community over a delicious meal at this monthly dine-out.
7th Annual Hallowbaloo Festival | Burger King Hawaii Stage, Hawaii Chinatown Arts District (O‘ahu) | October 25 | Free street event, $5 per person for 21+ wristband, or $10 for 21+ wristbands and access to nine Chinatown bars and clubs (presale; door prices are $15 and $20)
Party in the streets with music performances by local and nationally acclaimed talent, and pass through the different bars and restaurants for mini events throughout the night.
ART+FLEA | Ward Village, 1020 Auahi St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | October 30, 5 to 10 p.m. | $3 or free with themed outfit
Spend the night shopping around this monthly themed urban market with over 60 booths featuring art, fashion, and crafts from local vendors. There will be live entertainment throughout the night as well as a contest and food vendors.
Art After Dark | Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 Beretania St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) |October 31, 6 to 9 p.m. | $10
Titlted “A Nightmare on Beretania Street,” this month’s theme for the monthly art event centers around a haunted house, costumed attendees, and several fully stocked bars. It’s a unique chance to peruse the museum’s esteemed galleries while covered in your own artistic applications of glitter or fake blood.
Eat The Street | Streetside, 555 South St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | October 31, 4 to 9 p.m.
Come on down to Hawai’i’s food vendor rally with monthly themes and always something new to sample. This month, menus are centered around the theme “Dia De Los Muertos.”
Halloween in Lahaina | Front Street, Lahaina (Maui) | October 31 | Free
Bust out your best costume and join the festivities with more than 25,000 people who will take over Front Street. The night kicks off with a parade and continues with activities and a costume contest.
American Hulaween Story | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd floor Waikiki Grand Hotel (O‘ahu) | October 31, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. | $15
Show off your costume and win $2,000 in cash and prizes at Hula’s Bar, which will be turned into a haunted house, insane asylum, witch coven, and freakshow.