What To Do In Hawai’i In July

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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) | July 2 and 16, 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!

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.

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.

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.

Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson | Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania (O’ahu) | March 1 – July 29
The Honolulu Museum of Art presents the first major solo museum exhibition of Erick Swenson. Based in Dallas, Swenson creates labor-intensive sculptures from cast polyurethane resin. The degree of precision and detail necessary to create these works is truly awe-inspiring, and a single sculpture can take up to two years to complete. This survey exhibition of 11 works includes two new sculptures, one of a hammerhead shark created expressly for the show that the museum has acquired.
Learn more at honolulumuseum.org

Artists Pop-Up for Kim Coco | Fishcake, 307c Kamani Street (O’ahu) | July 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
More than 30 local artists unite to support Kim Coco Iwamoto’s run for lt. governor of hawaii. Meet and mingle with a curated collective of artists, who proudly present a stunning and surprising showcase of art in which a portion of sales will benefit the campaign.

A Party: Music by FeelRite | Aupuni Space, 729 Auahi St. (O’ahu) | July 5, 8:30 – 12 a.m.
Grab a group of friends and head down to Kaka’ako to visit Aupuni Space for a celebration of music featuring FeelRite.

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | July 6, 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.

Moʻiliʻili Summer Fest | Varsity Office Building, 1100 University Avenue (O’ahu) | July 7, 5 – 10 p.m.
The Mo’ili’ili Summer Fest is an annual summer event that brings together the community in one of Honolulu’s oldest and most vivacious neighborhoods. The event is a collaboration between the Mo’ili’ili Hongwanji Mission, Kamehameha Schools, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Mo’ili’ili Community Center and the University of Hawaii. Family and friends gather for Honolulu’s largest Bon Dance. Savor a variety of food choices and shop at booths by local retailers.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | July 8, 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.

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | The Polipoli State Recreation Area (Maui) | July 14, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The trail starts at Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area at 6,200` elevation, winds through stands of redwood and other conifers, past Tie Trail junction and down to the old ranger`s cabin at 5,300`. The trail passes alternatively through rough cinders, native scrub brush, grassy swales and a planted forest of pines, eucalyptus and other tree species.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

#SummerAtTheSwimClub: Volume V | The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club (O’ahu) | July 14, 12 – 4 p.m.
Join us poolside for this year’s first 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.

Swipe Right: Meet. Sip. Mingle. Lesbian Speed Dating | Ruby Tuesday, 95-1249 Meheula Pkwy (O’ahu) | July 18, 6:30 – 8 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) | July 19, 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.

Soulgasm Hawaii | Bar 35, 35 N. Hotel St. (O’ahu) | July 20, 9 p.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 DJ Rayne and special guests Tom Feel, Matt Kee and Luckey Brown!
For more information, click here.

SPLASH: LGBTQ+ Day at Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii | Wet’n’Wild Hawaii, 400 Farrington Hwy (O’ahu) | July 22, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The 3rd Annual SPLASH is LGBTQ+ Day at Wet ‘n’ Hawaii Water Park, presented by the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation. It’s one of our key fundraisers and it’s a party unlike any other! We reserve Cutter’s Island, offer special cocktails and pupus, dance to some sweet and sweaty tunes, and of course, spend a lot of time making a SPLASH. Good clean fun for sun kissed and water drenched revelers of all persuasions.
For more info, contact Willie Sabel at wsabel.hievents@gmail.com.

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) | July 26, 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) | July 29, 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.

Team Wang Chung’s at Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival  | Magic Island (O’ahu) | July 28, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join in on the fun of Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival by signing up with Team Wang Chung! Teams will consist of: 21 members, steersman, drummer (who is the team captain on the boat), flag catcher, 18 paddlers. If you’re interested and committed to join for at least one practice (in July at Sand Island), then sign up! Not only is this a great team and community building event, the top three teams that win raise money for charity!
Sign up at bit.ly/hawaiidragonboat.
More information can be found at dragonboathawaii.com.

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.

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