What To Do in Hawai’i in August

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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) | August 6 and 20, 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. (O’ahu) | 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. (Oahu) | 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!
To purchase tickets, click here.

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | August 3, 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.

Comic Con Honolulu | Hawai’i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave. (O’ahu) | August 3, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This 3 day convention held annually at the Hawaii Convention Center is a family-friendly celebration of comics, costumes, fantasy, sci-fi, and all things nerdom. If you love costumes, comics, books, movies, or anything in between, Comic Con wants you to be able to find a safe haven at our show to discuss your passions with like-minded individuals.

#SummerAtTheSwimClub: Volume V | The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club (O’ahu) | August 4, 12 – 4 p.m.
Join us poolside for this year’s last installment of our summer pool party series that will feature an experience of art, music, poolside craft cocktails, and more. http://leiculture.com/wp-admin/edit.phpWith a pool party lineup unlike any other, summer enthusiasts can cannonball into the season with the latest adventurers, culturists, and epicureans.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | August 5, 10:30 – 12:00
Join up every first Sunday of the month at Nalu’s in Kihei for Maui Pride’s popular LGBTQ Sunday Brunch.

ʻŌpio Pride Kick-Off Party | Scarlet Lounge. 80 S. Pauahi St. (O’ahu) | August 5, 4 – 8 p.m.
This youth pride event will include a dance floor, drag makeovers, a baby queen runway & lip-syncing competition, performances by local queens, mock-tails, food and a photo booth! This event is free with valid ID for ages 16 – 20 only!
For more info, please contact wolfwomancollective@gmail.com

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival | Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretenia St. (O’ahu) | August 9-19, 6 – 10 p.m.
The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF) is honored to produce the 29th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF29). Opening night reception begins on August 9th at 6 p.m. This year, the festival will showcase 54 films and will include special events and appearances, culminating in a red-carpet event on August 18.

Scarlet Honolulu Anniversary: Freak Friday Special Edition with Sasha Colby | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S Pauahi St. (O’ahu) | August 10, 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Gay Island Guide Presents A SPECIAL EDITION of Freaky Friday To Celebrate Scarlet Honolulu’s 3rd Anniversary. Featuring Sasha Colby with Fierce Performances & A Line Up of Our Hunks!Plus, Andrew Christian & SuperSlyde Giveaways and More!
Click here for more info.

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Iao Table Lands Trail (Maui) | August 11, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Entering Iao Valley, is nothing less than mystical. The lush green covered peaks often surrounded by clouds and mist offer a surreal backdrop to the giant leaves of the tropical flora. The Tableland Trail is steep and, at times, muddy. The journey consists of one spectacular view after another and the 360 degree view from the end of the trail is the most spectacular of all.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Second Saturday at Hawaii State Art Museum | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel Street (O’ahu) | August 11, 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.

Swipe Right: Speed Dating – Gay Men | Doraku Izakaya and Sushi, 1009 Kapiolani Blvd (O’ahu) | August 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Take a chance and find your match in 5 mins!
Register for our singles event. Since this is the first event we need a minimum of 10 sign ups. Spread the word to your friends. The more the merrier!

Sunset Pilates O Ka La | The Penthouse Lanai at The Surfjack Hotel (O’ahu) | August 16, 6 – 7 p.m.
Watch the sunset behind the Waikiki skyline from the penthouse lanai at The Surfjack Hotel. Every third Thursday of the month, join yogi and Pilates instructor Chelsea Peck for a dynamic group Pilates session. No mat? No worries. Mats are provided by Lululemon Honolulu.
Sign up for classes here.

2018 Duke’s Oceanfest | Waikiki Beach (O’ahu) | August 18 – 26, various times
This weeklong festival features a variety of exciting water sports competitions including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, standup paddling and other events paying tribute to Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha, Duke Kahanamoku and Hawaii’s local waterman. The annual festival, held on the shores of Waikiki in August, celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s life, his athletic contributions and his spirit that continues to live on.

Trash to Treasure | Impact Hub HNL, 1050 Queen St. (O’ahu) | August 18, 12 – 3 p.m.
Trash to Treasure is a collaboration between Pena People and Impact Hub HNL to create public art from marine debris found on the Trash To Treasure Beach Clean-up on August 11th from 8 – 11 a.m. at 2 convenient locations in Kailua and Diamond Head. Join Pena People’s first public art event featuring live music by Kelandy, pupus provided by GRYLT, local vendors and an art creation station where the public is invited to help us create art using marine debris! The artwork will be in permanent display at the Impact Hub Honolulu after the event.
Click here for more info.

Volcano Rain Forest Runs | Cooper Center of Volcano, 19-4030 Wright Rd (Hawai’i Island) | August 18, 7 a.m. start time
As this race is taking place on top of Kilauea Volcano, currently in the midst of many changes, with a number of earthquakes happening daily here on the summit, you are in for an exciting and memorable time in Volcano Village. All runs start and finish at Cooper Center on Wright Road in the heart of Volcano Village and traverse the quaint village roads through the beautiful native rain forest and ranch lands with stunning views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the distance. Course Maps 1/2 Marathon – 7:00AM 10K – 8:00AM 5K – 7:45AM. Aid Stations Located every 1 to 1.25 miles – stocked with water, ice and an electrolyte drink.

Soulgasm Hawaii | Bar 35, 35 N. Hotel St. (O’ahu) | August 17, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Join the “Best Party To Dance” in Honolulu with all of the best House/Funk/Soul vibes to enjoy. This month, SOULGASM presents a special birthday celebration for Jimmy San and special guest SHIGE (BUMP – San Diego),\
For more information, click here.

Made In Hawaii Festival | Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, 777 Ward Ave. (O’ahu) | August 17 – 19, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Enjoy this three-day celebration highlighting the unique products of Hawai’i. Produced by the Hawaii Food Industry Association and sponsored since its inception by First Hawaiian Bank, this annual event features nearly 400 exhibitors who showcase food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, produce and many more home-grown products from around the 50th State.

Hawaii Storytellers: Why I Teach | Arts At Marks Garage, 1159 Nu’uanu Ave. (O’ahu) | August 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
This event will tap into the diverse experiences of people who view teaching as not just as a job, but a calling. We’ll hear personal challenges and triumphs as well as insights as to what makes teaching in Hawaii so unique. Storytellers include: Hokulani Holt, Douglas Kiang, Aurene Padilla, Mahina Paishon-Duarte, Christina Torres, and Anne Weber. This segment of Hawaii Storytellers is presented in collaboration with the ARTS at Marks Garage’s Mo’olelo Night Series.
Click here for more info.

ARS Live Music with Zen & Them | ARS Cafe, 3116 Monsarrat Ave. (O’ahu) | August 25, 6 – 9 p.m.
Musician Zen Chambers has performed at a number of establishments here in Honolulu. ARS Cafe has invited Zen and friends to join us this month for a lively night of beats and freestyles.

Greek Festival | McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park (O’ahu) | August 25 – 26, 12 – 9 p.m.
The 36th Annual Greek Festival, held at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park, celebrates Greek culture with ethnic food, live entertainment, cultural booths and more. The popular annual festival is sponsored by the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. General admission is $3 but wear a toga and get in for only $1.

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) | August 30, 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.

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | August 26, 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.

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) | August 30, 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. (O’ahu) | August 31, 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 info.

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