Surf sessions, tanning on the sand, and toasting with cocktails at the poolside bar are sure bets in Hawai‘i. Once you’ve gotten your fill, these community events, performances, and parties are perfect outings for the socialite or curious traveler.
Image above of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, one of the three Triple Crown events, courtesy of John Hook. See the eighth event in the listing.
Yoga | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9–10 a.m. | $10
Bring clothes to move in and get ready to stretch your body and limits with David Sanders and Yoga Teacher Friends at O‘ahu’s most beloved gay bar in Waikiki. But don’t worry, classes are conducted at your pace.
Aloha Friday on the Porch | Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawai‘i Island) | Every Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Master lei maker Randy Lee demonstrates the art of lei making and shares stories of the craft and culture.
Art Night In Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every third 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 third Friday, galleries stay open late to hold special shows and feature artists in action. Also enjoy live music and outdoor vendor booths. If you aren’t in town for this Friday, check out other Maui Friday events at Makawao, Wailuku, Lana‘i, and Kihei.
Bear Fridays at Bacchus | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (O‘ahu) | Every Friday evening
Meet and play with other bears and LGBTQIA community at Bacchus on Friday nights. A perfect way to wind down after a busy week at work, or to kick off a weekend to remember in Waikiki.
Smash by Chitty Bang | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St. (O‘ahu) | Every third Friday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Featuring our favorite lady Roxy OTM, this new event at Scarlet Honolulu is for lesbians, lovers, LGBT, and anyone who likes to have fun.
Grey Goose Day Club | Sunset Pool at the Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. (O‘ahu) | December 6, noon–6 p.m.
Party poolside with RoxyOTM at the mic.
Chitty Bang | The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., upstairs (O‘ahu) | November 5, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
This monthly alternative event brings in crowds, emceed by RoxyOTM with DJs SuperCW, Ace, Betty, and Tittahbite.
Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing | North Shore (O‘ahu) | November 12–December 20
Watch the best of local, national, and international surfers compete for the title of world surf champion. The Reef Hawaiian Pro at Hale‘iwa kicks off the competitions, followed by the Vans World Cup of Surfing and women’s Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach, then the Billabong Pipeline Masters at Banzai Pipeline.
MauiWine Holiday Tree Lighting | Ulupalakua Ranch, 14800 Piilani Hwy. (Maui) | December 12, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Join in the community tree lighting, holiday crafts and activities, live entertainment, and sparkling toasts. The night ends with a movie under the stars. Bring something to sit on and a can of nonperishable food to donate to the Maui Food Bank.
Waikiki Holiday Parade | Kalakaua Avenue along Waikīkī Beach (O‘ahu) | November 27, 7 p.m.
Nearly 40 bands from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and the military perform alongside dignitaries and local officials in this parade on Kalakaua Avenue commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor and celebrating the holiday season.
LGBTQ Sunday Brunch | Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei, 1280 S Kihei Rd. (Maui) | December 6, 10:30 a.m.–noon
This is the inaugural monthly brunch of Maui Pride, and it’s a guaranteed hit. What more could you ask for than good company and a steady stream of mimosas?
Honolulu City Lights | Honolulu Hale and King Street (O‘ahu) | December 6–January 4, evening time
No O‘ahu Christmas season is complete without a visit to the enormous Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele statues. Stroll around the grounds of Honolulu Hale, decorated with festive displays and holiday lights.
Maui Pride’s LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Waihe‘e Coastal Land Trust, meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Ceramic Tile Plus Parking Lot (Maui) | December 12, 8:30 a.m.
Join a hearty crew of hikers for this 3-hour, roughly 3-mile hike along a beautiful coastal trail that passes interesting archaeological features. The hike is easy and scenic but lacks shade, so bring a hat, water, and whatever else you need to stay happy and sunburn-free.
Bears in Toyland Holiday Sail | Meet at Bacchus, 408 Lewers St. | December 13, noon
Join the Aloha Bears for a sail off the coast of Waikīkī, with an open bar once onboard.
Honolulu Marathon | Begins at Ala Moana Beach Park (O‘ahu) | December 13, 5 a.m.
Run alongside an estimated 30,000 runners, joggers, and walkers in this 26.2-mile marathon.
Maui Pride’s Special Holiday Rainbow Dine Out and Drive | Kono’s on the Green, 470 Lipoa Parkway in Kīhei | December 15th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
For this special dine out event, Maui Pride will also be running a toy drive. Join members of the Maui LGBTQ community for a fun dinner at Kono’s, and bring one or more gifts of children’s toys to brighten the holiday of a child currently in the protective care of Women Helping Women.
Christmas Eve with Hunky Santa | Hula’s Bar and Grill, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | December 24
Gather at Hawaii’s most famous gay bar, Hula’s, to party in Christmas style. I mean, there will be a hunky Santa at this party—what more do you need to know?
Wailea Village Annual Mochi Pounding | Akiko’s Buddhist Bed and Breakfast, 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Hwy. (Hawai‘i Island) | December 27, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Take your turn pounding rice into sweet cakes, a Japanese New Year’s tradition. When you’ve done your part, enjoy a $5 plate lunch, Okinawan taiko drumming, calligraphy, and plantation stories.
NYE2016 Balls Drop | Hula’s Bar and Grill, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | December 31
Welcome 2016 in balls-to-the-wall style at Hula’s Bar and Grill. There are tables to be claimed and bottle service to be had at the second-story bar in Waikīkī.