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.
Photo by Redmond Pollard
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.
Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom & Scarlet Honolulu (Oʻahu) | Every Tuesday of the month except the second at Ala Wai Golf Course, 6:30–9:15 p.m.; every second Tuesday of the month at Scarlet, 6:30–9:15 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.
George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key Show Masters of Hawaiian Music | Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Aloha Pavilion, Lahaina (Maui) | Every Wednesday, 7:30–9:45 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Hawai‘i’s slack key guitars and ‘ukulele played by the biggest names in Hawaiian music. This concert series features a guest artist each week and is hosted by slack key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr.
Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concerts | Kapaʻa, Hanalei, and Princeville locations (Kaua‘i ) | Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday,
The longest running concert of its kind, the McMasters’ slack-key guitar and ‘ukulele concerts feature artists Doug and Sandy McMaster, who create a soothing musical ambience with a backdrop of the picturesque north shore of Kaua‘i.
Free Fireworks | Waikiki (Oʻahu) | Every Friday of the month, 7:45 p.m.
Every week, Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts a free fireworks show. Watch with a drink in hand from their pool bar, or await the show with a sit on the beach.
Aloha Friday on the Porch | Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawai‘i Island) | Every Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Join Hawaiian practitioners on the porch of the Volcano Art Center who share stories or lead hands-on workshops teaching how to make lei or gourd instruments, or demonstrate lauhala weaving, kapa beating, or ukulele playing.
Hula’s Catamaran | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 2–5 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
Art Night In Lahaina Town | Throughout Lāhainā (Maui) | Every second Friday night, 7–10 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.
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.
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.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | The Safehouse at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd #30 (Oʻahu) | Every first Thursday 9 p.m.
Come on down to this party that celebrates Honolulu’s LGBT community. This monthly alternative event brings in crowds, with deejays SuperCW, Ace, Betty, and Tittahbyte.
Volcom Pipe Pro | ‘Ehukai Beach Park, 59-337 Ke Nui Rd. (O’ahu) | January 29-February 10
One of numerous surfing contests that light up O‘ahu’s North Shore in the winter season, the Volcom Pipe Pro at world-famous break Banzai Pipeline features some of the top professional surfers. Be sure to check the website to see if the contest is on before you make the trek.
Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival | Venues throughout Waimea (Hawai’i Island) | February 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This festival showcases the decades-old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park, as well as the Japanese tradition of viewing them, hanami. Enjoy an all-day lineup including demonstrations of bonsai and origami making, a traditional tea ceremony, mochi pounding, and a craft fair. Venues are marked by pink banners.
Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki | Waimea Athletic Field, Huakai Rd. (Kaua’i) | February 4, 7 a.m.-noon
This community event honors the traditional time of year known as Makahiki when Lono, god of agriculture, rainfall, and fertility, ruled the land. Everyone is invited to join in the friendly competition of traditional Hawaiian games, which will include ‘ulu maika (a pitching game similar to bowling) and ‘o‘o ihe (spear throwing).
LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Makawao Forest Preserve Hike (Maui) | February 11, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet up with hikers, then carpool to the starting point of a hike through Upcountry Maui’s Makawao Forest Preserve. You will be guided through the Kahakapao Trail’s scenic paths to discover a variety of native species like ‘ohi’a lehua.
RSVP online at mauipride.org
Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | February 6, 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.
We are Friends: A Lifetime Party of ’70s Hawaiian Music | Grammy® Museum (California) | February 8, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the groovy music of ‘70s Hawaiʻi at the L.A.–based Mele Mei event. Hosted by Billy V performances saluting the era’s legendary artists like Henry Kapono and Johnny Valentine. The concert also features local artist and recent Grammy nominee, Kalani Peʻa.
Artists of Hawai’i | Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St. (Oʻahu) | February 9–May 28, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Since 1950, the Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition has showcased the talents of the islands’ contemporary artists. This year’s exhibition format pushes artists to take their art to new levels through creating large installations.
The 10th Annual International Aloha Koi Show | Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave. (Oʻahu) | February 11 & 12, starting at 9 a.m.
Admire hundreds of nishikigoi, more commonly known as “koi,” at Hawai‘i’s largest koi show. This two-day event features educational seminars led by koi experts, Japanese performances, and keiki activities.
Heiva I Hawai’i Tahitian Dance Competition | Kekuaokalani Gym, 75-5500 Kuakini Hwy (Hawaiʻi Island) | February 17–19
Groups from all over Hawai‘i Island perform cultural Tahitian dance and music traditions, from riveting drumming to the enchanting ‘ahuroa style of dance, alongside booths featuring traditional arts, crafts, and local foods.
World Whale Day | Kalama Park, 1900 S. Kihei Rd. (Maui) | February 18, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Join this daylong celebration of humpback whales that features food vendors, a keiki carnival, onstage performances by talented musicians, an artisans’ fair, and even an eco-alley with local nonprofits and agencies working to protect Maui’s ocean.
Whale Tales |The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr. (Maui) | February 24–27
The annual four-day event brings together marine experts, photographers, and conservationists from around the world to share their knowledge about these gentle giants. Join locals and tourists alike for a weekend of talks, receptions, and whale watches.