What To Do in Hawaiʻi in April

Lei Culture Events Hawaii April

While you are in Hawaiʻi, do you want to party? Stay fit, yoga-style? Eat out? Experience the culture? Any of the above? Then check out the events below.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | April 1 & 15, 7:00 p.m.
Test your knowledge at Bacchus every first and third Monday of the month. Form a team of two or six people, enjoy drink specials and delicious food, and have good fun.

Tasting Room at Mahina & Sun’s | Mahina & Sun’s, 412 Lewers Street (O‘ahu) | Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday, sample libations courtesy of our vendors and partners of Mahina & Sun’s. Look forward to craft beers, wines, or spirits. Provided complimentary.

Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom (Oʻahu) | Every Tuesday at Ala Wai Golf Course, 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Learn the two-step, waltzes, line-dancing, swing and much more! Free dance lessons take place from 6:30-7pm. No entrance fee and all events include food and refreshments.

Out on the Rocks: LGBT Climbing in Hawaii | Volcanic Rock Gym (Oʻahu) | Every Tuesday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Out On The Rocks hosts its weekly climbing session at Volcanic Rock Gym. All Queer climbers and allies of any skill level welcome. Check in at the counter and tell them youʻre there for Out On The Rocks to receive our group discount on day passes

Trivia Night | The Brewseum, 901 Waimanu Street (O‘ahu) | Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Come on down and experience our weekly trivia night at the Brewseum. Duke hosts this fast-paced interactive trivia game using TV’s, HD projectors & custom slides with new questions every week!

Battleship Bingo | The Brewseum, 901 Waimanu Street (O‘ahu) | Every Thursday, 6 p.m.
Hawaii’s only Battleship Bingo is waiting for you to join in on the fun! Flashback to your childhood game-nights with your friends and family. Prizes and happy hour prices are provided.

Courtyard Yoga | Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd (O‘ahu) | Every Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a complimentary yoga class in Kolowalu Park.

Art Night in Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every second Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Lahaina is called the “Art Capital of the Pacific” because it is home to more art galleries per capita than any other town in the United States. Each second Friday, galleries stay open late to hold special shows and feature artists in action. Guests may also enjoy live music and outdoor vendor booths.

Honolulu FrontRunners/FrontWalkers |Kapiʻolani Regional Park, 3840 Paki Ave (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Grab your running/walking shoes and join the Honolulu FrontRunners/FrontWalkers club that provides encouragement and support to Gay Men, Lesbians, and Others with an interest in Running or Walking.

Hula’s Catamaran | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 1:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. | $25
Grab your captain hat and set sail with Hula’s Famous Gay Catamaran Cruise through the waters of Waikiki.

Scarlet Honolulu Fresh Fish Drag Revue | 80 S Pauahi St. (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 10 p.m.
Watch your favorite divas take the world-famous pineapple stage for their weekly Fresh Fish Drag Revue. Be sure to check their site to see which superstar will be gracing the stage for that evening!

DIVAS (D.ancing I.mpersonating V.ixens with A.ttitude and S.ass) | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every first and third Saturday, 10 p.m.
This dance-centered drag show has a rotating cast comprised of both “drag” and transgender entertainers. The upbeat show incorporates various forms of dance and movement and keeps things light by including the occasional comedy act or acts that require audience participation.

Maui Chef’s Table | Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy (Maui) | Every Saturday, 6 p.m.
Dive into a multi-course menu of dishes inspired by chefs’ personal stories and told through Maui’s seasonal ingredients. A combination of high-quality ingredients paired with creative minds and innovative techniques results in a unique culinary experience. Guests are encouraged to get up out of their seats, come to the “Chef’s Table”, see the action, take pictures, and get to know the Chefs. The kitchen is right there in the room!
Click here to purchase tickets.

Hawaii Gay Kickball League | Kapiʻolani Regional Park, 3840 Paki Ave (Oʻahu) | Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Hawaii Gay Kickball league is a co-ed community minded group that strives to provide an inclusive, safe, and enjoyable atmosphere for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and the LGBTQI-friendly community. Our long-term hope is to provide the community with multiple athletic options. We accept all skill levels and celebrate diversity through sport!

Bear Boat with The Aloha Bears | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | Every second Sunday, 11:30 a.m. | $40 members, $45 non-members
Meet other Bears at Bacchus before setting sail through Waikiki on Bear Boat, then enjoying an open-bar while at sea. Guests are also invited back to Bacchus for lunch, included in ticket price.

MauiWine Tasting | Ulupalakua Ranch, 14800 Piilani Hwy. (Maui) | Every Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come delight each of your senses and taste exquisite handcrafted wines. This rare vineyard experience will give you some unforgettable memories and is steeped in rich culture. It is perfect for a romantic getaway or a fun group experience with friends.

ARS Cafe Art Gallery Opening Show | ARS Cafe Gallery, 3116 Monsarrat Ave. (O‘ahu) | April 4, 6 – 9 p.m.
Join this month’s gallery opening show, Honolulu Realism Pt. II, with Hawai’i based contemporary artist Tommy Hite. Hite’s work ranges in a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works made of mixed-media. Hite’s most recent works are primarily portrayed in oil paint and are influenced by his direct surroundings being the city of Honolulu.

Hawaii State Art Museum First Friday | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. (O‘ahu) | April 5, 7:30 p.m.
At the Hawaii State Art Museum, art, music and fashion fill the space in celebration of First Friday. In the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI: weaving demonstrations by Gaye Chan, “stained glass” tea light art activity by April Sham with live music with DJ Toki. In the outdoor Sculpture Garden, Zenbu Records live performaces by Super Groupers, Punahele, Sanz, Nick Kurosawa, illnomadic, and Zachtoro. At 7:30 p.m., catch the Andy South Men’s collection fashion show by Ari South with a live performance by Izik to close the show at 8 p.m. On the second floor, classical piano performance by Julia Akatsu Stoyanov and a live music performance by Kimmer Morsen.
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First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | April 5, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Chinatown is the place to be, if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment. Come to see the main events between 5 and 9 p.m. and stay for the late-night party at some of the trendiest, most popular bars in Honolulu.

Wailuku First Friday Town Party | North Market Street (O‘ahu) | April 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wailuku Town’s monthly street party is filled with live music, sidewalk artisans, crafters, and food vendors. Live music at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park, special music at Maui Thing stage and visit the local restaurants and get Wailuku Good Eats!
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Theatrical Release of “August at Akiko’s” | Consolidated Theatres Kahala, 4211 Waialae Ave. (O‘ahu) | April 5, various show times
Christopher Makoto Yogi of Hamakua Films has announced the Hawai‘i theatrical screening dates of August at Akiko’s. For a one-week run beginning on April 5, the film will be showing at Consolidated Theatres Kahala. The film tells the story of Zhang, a popular musician and highly regarded saxophone player who returns home to the Big Island after being away for many years.

Integral Bodies: A Dance-Theatre Performance | Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd. (O‘ahu) | April 5, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
An innovative dance production that promotes inclusive dance-making and challenges stereotypes, prejudices, and assumptions about what a body means. Influenced by postmodern dance and Tanztheater, Integral Bodies is directed by our new Assistant Professor of Dance, Peiling Kao, in collaboration with DanceAbility artistic director Alito Alessi. This work of contemporary dance-theatre presents well-crafted physicality and choreography that embraces all kinds of bodies in performance. Movement is used to build equal opportunity for people from different cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, and physical abilities to perform together.
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2019 HIFF Spring Showcase | Regal Dole Cannery Theatre (O‘ahu) | April 5 – 14, various show times
The 22nd Annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani is here! Taking place from April 5th-14th at Regal Dole Cannery Theaters in Honolulu, the Spring Showcase is HIFF’s annual ‘mini-festival’, showcasing some of the best Spring season films from across the globe. Like the main festival in November, the Spring Showcase is a bridge between “East and West,” and will include 30 films from 13 countries — including our first ever JapanFest showcase, and our new Pacific Focus program, as well as Spring Hits from across China, India, South Korea as well as fresh films from Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin.
Click here for more information.

Special Olympics Hawaiʻi 10th Annual Polar Plunge | Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd. (Oʻahu) | April 6, 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The 10th annual Polar Plunge is returning for an action-packed weekend of high-sliding thrills to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Hawai‘i. Participants are challenged to plunge down a 95-foot long, 36-foot high inflatable slide into a pool of ice-cold water, on the lawn of Waterfront Plaza fronting Ala Moana Blvd.

CONTACT 2019: Acts of Faith | Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St. (Oʻahu) | April 6, 6 p.m.
Pu‘uhonua Society announces an exciting partnership with the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives for CONTACT, one of the most comprehensive thematic exhibitions of contemporary art in Hawai‘i, now in its sixth year. The annual exhibition explores the notion of contact as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people, and their experiences. CONTACT 2019: Acts of Faith will survey dimensions of spiritual belief, in particular the spiritual landscape of Hawaiʻi, the relationship between cultural and religious practice, and the legacy of religion and colonization in the Islands. The show will be on view at Hawaiian Mission Houses April 4–May 4, 2019 and the exhibition opening will be Saturday, April 6 at 6:00pm at the Hawaiian Mission Houses.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | April 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join up every first Sunday of the month at Nalu’s in Kihei for Maui Pride’s popular LGBTQ Sunday Brunch.

Honolulu Biennial 2019 | The Hub at Ward Village (Oʻahu) | March 8 – May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Honolulu Biennial 2019: To Make Wrong / Right / Now opens on March 8, 2019 at nearly a dozen locations on O‘ahu including the Ali’iolani Hale, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, and Honolulu Museum of Art, with the hub located at Ward Village. Energies from across the Pacific Ocean will once again center in Hawaiʻi when Honolulu Biennial 2019 brings together 19 artists and artist groups from Hawaiʻi and 29 artists and artist groups of the Pacific, Asia and the Americas. The Honolulu Biennial is only the second major exhibition series in the world to focus on contemporary art practices of the Pacific, and its location—historically and currently—entreats a curatorial approach that emphasizes genealogical ties within, and issues specific to, the region.

Empty Bowl Hawaiʻi 2019 | Dole Cannery at Pomaikaʻi Ballrooms (Oʻahu) | April 12, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Empty Bowl Hawaiʻi is a unique event where hundreds of artists and chefs collaborate to support food security and end hunger. Each purchase to this unique event includes tickets to redeem soup, tasty bites, bread and a handmade bowl. In addition to the food, guests will enjoy live music by Coyne Street, a robust silent auction and the opportunity to select from thousands of beautiful bowls created by local potters and community members.
emptybowlhawaii.org .

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Haleamauʻu Trail “The Switchbacks” (Maui) | April 13, 8:30 a.m.
The hike begins gently, with a slightly downhill walk through wide paths and native scrub. It’s a nice way to get your legs warmed up for the real test: the switchbacks, which descend about 1,000 feet until leveling off at the valley floor. Maui is even more gorgeous from this dramatic vantage point, and you’ll get some awesome bird-eye-views of remote Keanae Valley. The Haleamau’u Trail parking lot and trail head are at 8,000 feet marker, and the hike down to Holua Cabin is 3.7 miles each way. Our plan is to hike as far down the switch backs as our group feels comfortable.
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Second Saturday at Hawaii State Art Museum | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel Street (Oʻahu) | April 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The second Saturday of each month, hands-on art activities for all ages in the ground floor Multipurpose Room. This month,Paper weaving with the Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui! All materials are provided, drop in at any time during activity hours, allowing at least 30 minutes to complete a project.

ADORE at Encore Saloon | Encore Saloon, 10 N Hotel Street (Oʻahu) | April 13, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
A love affair with sound. Join girl gang duo DJ Gnaraly and Ramsey to dance your heart out every second Saturday at Encore Saloon in Chinatown!

“In the Seat of a Strangerʻs Car” Book Release | The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (Oʻahu) | April 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Celebrate author Beau Flemisterʻs release of his latest novel “In the Seat of a Strangerʻs Car” at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. Pick up a copy and get it signed by the author!

Plant Sale at Waimea Valley | Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. (Oʻahu) | April 19, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Shop the Waimea Valley nursery and get info and tips from our botanical staff on plants you are buying.
Visit the nursery located past the Pikake Pavilion. If you are not sure of location please ask at the first building in the entrance, Visitor Center.
Click here for more information.

Celebration of the Arts Festival | Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Maui) | April 19-20
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will bring together Hawaiʻi artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers, and entertainers. Interact with and enjoy hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music, and dance presented throughout the weekend.

Earth Day Soiree | Paiko Hawaii, 675 Auahi St. (O’ahu) | April 20, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Join in on the fun and celebrate our planet with local plant shop Paiko Hawaii! On this Saturday, join in on activations such as Lei Po’o workshops, keiki floral arranging, zero waste kits, earth day plant portraits and doggy treat bars with the Public Pet. Groove to the Aloha Got Soul and Central Pacific Time spinning in-store. Paiko will be donating a small percentage of event sales to support rapid ‘Ohia Life’ and will be giving out a limited number of Ohia propagation kits.

Kailua Night Market | 50 Kihapai St. (Oʻahu) | April 20, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Kailua Night Market is an independent night market. Our market’s mission is to support small local business and build community. Kailua Night Market showcases diverse cultural and food offerings and welcome visitors to the Kailua District. Our goal is transforming Kailua town into a neighborhood cultural gem, making Kailua Town come alive at night.

Merrie Monarch Festival | Edith Kanakaʻole Tennis Stadium (Hawaiʻi Island) | April 21–27, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Known for its leadership of the renaissance of the Hawaiian culture, the Merrie Monarch festival has been internationally recognized, especially for its stunning three-day hula competition. This week-long festival features hula competitions, Hawaiian art exhibits and craft fairs, and a grand parade through Hilo town.

Kaʻu Coffee Festival | Pahala Community Center, 1149 Kamani St. (Hawaiʻi Island) | April 26–May 5, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Visit Ka‘u coffee country for ten days of visiting farms and roasters, coffee tasting and enjoying local cuisine. Join Ka‘u coffee farmers and their community for the 7th annual Ho‘olaule‘a at Pahala Community Center with more coffee tasting, music, dance, arts, crafts and food.

Big Island Chocolate Festival | Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr. (Hawaiʻi Island) | April 26–27, various times and locations
If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the event for you! Immerse yourself in taste off competitions, demonstrations, seminars, and a gala fundraiser. Learn more about the cacao industry and its opportunities here in Hawaiʻi. In addition to providing valuable education for local cacao farmers, the Big Island Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser for local non-profit organizations.
Click here to purchase tickets.

The Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival | Kalakaua Ave. (Oʻahu) | April 27, 4–10 p.m.
This exciting annual street festival is back to celebrate the unusually high consumption of Spam in Hawaiʻi with a variety of Honolulu’s finest restaurants serving up Spam-inspired dishes. This free event is great for all ages.

“And Then They Came For Us” Movie Screening |Kaimukī High School, 2705 Kaimukī Ave. (Oʻahu) | April 28, 2 p.m.
Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. Stay for a Talk Story with the co-director and producer, Abby Ginzberg, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa law professor and a representative from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.
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Mimosas & Marys at Hulaʻs | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | April 28, 3 – 4 p.m.
Miss Candi Shell and her revolving cast of confections guarantee to make your Sunday the best funday of the month. Join for daytime drinking and entertaining drag queens, drag kings, faux queens, burlesque, boylesque, and much more! Free general admission, or visit hulas.com to have front row reserved tables available.

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