What To Do in Hawaiʻi in December

Queens Waikiki Lei Hawaii

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.

Booze Cruise with The Aloha Bears | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | Every second Sunday, 11:30 a.m. | $35 members, $40 non-members
Meet other Bears at Bacchus before setting sail through Waikiki, then enjoying an open-bar while at sea. Guests are also invited back to Bacchus for lunch, included in ticket price.

Open Mic Nite | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every Monday, 6–9 p.m.
Start off your week with some fun at Waikiki’s legendary gay bar. Whether you’re a soloist or part of a band for the night, all performers receive a free drink.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | December 3 and 17, 7 – 9:30 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 – 6:30 pm
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, 6:30–9:15 p.m.; every second Tuesday at Scarlet, 6:30–9:00 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.

Trivia Night | The Brewseum, 901 Waimanu Street (O‘ahu) | Every Wednesday, 6 — 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!

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.

Raw Sugar | Tapa’s Waikiki, 407 Seaside Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every Friday, 10 p.m. — 2 a.m.
Come satisfy your sugar rush and dance the night away at one of Waikiki’s newest and hottest venues.

Art Night in Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every second Friday, 6 – 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.

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

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.

MauiWine Tasting | Ulupalakua Ranch, 14800 Piilani Hwy. (Maui) | Monday–Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 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.

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!

Worlds AIDS Day Hawaii | 1212 University Avenue (Oʻahu) | December 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Beginning in 1988, World AIDS Day is recognized around the globe as a day to take action, fight prejudice, and raise awareness about the fight against AIDS. Come by and visit to learn more about HIV/AIDS.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | December 2, 10:30 – 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.

DJs For Life: The Final DJs Against AIDS Event | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | December 6, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Celebrating 25 years of advancements towards a cure!
Click here for more information.

Kauaʻi Musuem’s Christmas Craft Fair | Kauaʻi Museum, 4428 Rice Street (Oʻahu) | December 7, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
This Annual Christmas Craft Fair on the grounds of the Kauai Museum is the place to purchase your Christmas gifts from a variety of our Local food vendors and Kauai Made craft vendors.
Email education@kauaimuseum.org for more information.

Mālama Kekahi I Kekahi Art Show at Arts at Marks Garage | 1169 Nuʻuanu Avenue (Oʻahu) | December 7, 6 – 9 p.m.
The title of the show translates to “Take care of one another”. All of the pieces featured will be created by the youth of Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae, the largest houseless encampment on Oʻahu. The show will focus on what community truly means to these incredible kids. Join the celebration of their first art show and all of their hard work!
For more information, click here.

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | December 7, 5 – 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.

Hanapepe Friday Night Festival & Art Walk | Hanapepe at Old Town (Kauaʻi) | December 7, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Every Friday evening, Old Town Hanapepe is bustling with fun & activity! With a wide variety of shopping, local crafters, several excellent restaurants, a dozen art galleries, stilt walkers, classics cars, live music and entertainment, there is always something for the whole family to enjoy!

Wailuku First Friday Town Party | North Market Street (O‘ahu) | December 7, 6 – 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!
Click here for more information.

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge Trail (Maui) | December 8, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Maui hikers, come out the hiking group for an unspoiled hiking trail, with interesting archaeological features. It covers about three miles and will take about 2.5 hours. It is an easy and scenic hike and may come across wildlife such as whales, turtles, seals Hawaiian birds and native plants.
For more information, click here.

Second Saturday at Hawaii State Art Museum | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel Street (Oʻahu) | December 8, 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. All materials are provided, drop in at any time during activity hours, allowing at least 30 minutes to complete a project.

Art + Flea/New Wave Friday | The Lawn Kapolei Commons, 4450 Kapolei Parkway (Oʻahu) | December 8, 5 – 9 p.m.
Every month, ART + FLEA presents a unique monthly shopping experience for Hawaii’s talented creatives to showcase their goods and talents. Over 60 independent artists, vintage collectors, DIYers, food trucks, handmade aficionados, and fashion designers are featured at each event, drawing an eclectic crowd of shoppers, music and art lovers alike. Alongside up-and-coming bands, your favorite local DJs, changing themes, each event remains fresh.

Aupuni Space Presents Analogue Sunshine Recorders | 729 Auahi St. (Oʻahu) | December 8, 8 – 10 p.m.
Join for the gallery opening of “TOURIST, looking at/looking as.”, a photo show put on by Analogue Sunshine Recorders> ASR is a collective of film photographers that help to perpetuate the art of analogue photography and fun.

June is The First Fall | Kumu Kahua Theatre, (Oʻahu) | December 6 – 8, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Don, a queet Chinese man in Hawaiʻi, escapes to New York as a family tragedy intertwines with his sexuality. When he returns home to Mānoa Valley, he finds his sister engaged to his first love. June is the First Fall is a queer and moving slice of life with interweeving scenes in Hawaiʻi and NYC, spanning time from the 1840s to the present.
Click here for more information.

Honolulu Marathon | Honolulu (Oʻahu) | December 9, 5 a.m.
A marathon like no other, the Honolulu Marathon’s scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. Unlike other marathons of similar size, popularity, and stature, there are no qualifying standards to meet, no fixed limits on the number of runners, and no time limit to finish the course (all runners receive an official time and certificate).

ACLU Hawaii Membership Meeting & Bill of Rights Day Celebration | Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Oʻahu Room (Oʻahu) | December 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
In 2018, people from all walks of life have reached out for ACLU’s kōkua: refugees and immigrants, photographers, small business owners, protesters, students, incarceration-involved people, lawmakers, students, kupuna…and the list continues. As always, the ACLU of Hawai’i is here for everyone whose rights are being violated. Join for breaking updates on all aspects of our work – and celebrate the 227th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights! Share your views, join your fellow civil rights defenders, and find out how you can become even more engaged with our civil rights work.
Click here for more information.

Festival of Lights Boat Parade | Hawaii Kai Towne Center, 333 Keahole St. (Oʻahu) | December 15, 3 p.m.
Get festive for the 22nd Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade on Saturday, December 15 at Hawaii Kai Towne Center!

“Fill My Stocking” Winter Concert | The Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Road (Oʻahu) | December 16, 5:30 p.m.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu presents “Fill My Stocking” at the Kennedy Theater at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Tickets online or at the door, day of the concert.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Kailua Night Market | 50 Kihapai St. (Oʻahu) | December 21, 5 – 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.

Secret Record Store at Downbeat Lounge | Downbeat Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St. (Oʻahu) | December 22, 3 – 8 p.m.
This event occurs monthly, on the fourth Saturday. Pick up vinyl records at Downbeat Lounge’s Secret Record Store, a mobile vinyl pop-up store. Albums range from a variety of genres such as Motown, Soul, and Reggae.

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (Oʻahu) | December 27, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Contingency Proudly Presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS — A 21+ QTIPOC safe space and dance party centered around lesbian, gay, queer, trans, and intersex indigenous + original melanated peoples of color vibing out and dancing the stress of the daily grind away in a positive, judgement-free zone.

Got Sh*t Done Fridays | The BoxJelly Coworking, 307A Kamani St. (Oʻahu) | December 28, 5 – 8 p.m.
On every final Friday, Got Sh*t Done celebrates the end of the month over delicious cold brews from Aloha Beer Company while grooving to the juicy jams spun by DJs from Central Pacific Time.
Click here for more information.

Aloha Bears December Hike | Ka’ena Point Trail (Oʻahu) | December 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come out and join the Aloha Bears for a hike around Ka’ana Point through the old railroad bed and dirt that ran along the western most point of the island. The trail lead to Ka’ena Point Natural Reseve. We will be meeting at the parking lot at 9 a.m. Bring a hat sunscreen and plenty water the hike will be 1-3 hours depending on your pace.
Click here for more information.

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | December 30, 3 – 8 p.m.
Stop by and enjoy some great music and mingle with old and new friends on the last Sunday of every month! Special Maui Pride t-shirts will be available, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Children’s Mental Health supporting Maui’s LGBTQ Youth.

New Queer Eve | 562 Farrington Highway (Oʻahu) | December 31, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
New Queer Eve at Kapolei Karaoke. Featuring the West Side’s drag show! Also free midnight champagne toast, pupus, karaoke lounge and dancing until 2 a.m. $10 earlybird and $20 at the door.
Purchase tickets here.

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