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.
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 at Ala Wai Golf Course, except 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 to 7 p.m. 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, and Sunday
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.
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.
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 from a seat on the beach.
Aloha Friday on the Porch | Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai’i 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, as they share stories or lead hands-on workshops on how to make lei or gourd instruments, or demonstrate lauhala weaving, kapa beating, or ‘ukulele playing.
First Friday | Downtown Chinatown (O‘ahu) | June 2, 5–9 p.m.
Head downtown for the biggest block party of the month, including live music and art galleries. Be sure to stay for the late-night party at some of the trendiest bars in Honolulu.
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.
Art Night in Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (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.
First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | June 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join Maui Pride for Sunday brunch at Nalu’s North Shore Grill.
Find out more here
Indie Lens Pop-Up: Free Screening of Real Boy | PBS Hawaii, 315 Sand Island Access Road (O‘ahu) | June 6, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
PBS Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking are hosting a free film screening of Real Boy, the coming-of-age story of a trans teenager named Bennett with dreams of musical stardom. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
The Seventh Art Stand Film Series | Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St. (O‘ahu) | May 27–June 7
The Honolulu Museum of Art presents The Seventh Art Stand, a film series screening across the country as a demonstration of solidarity with the Muslim community. The films come from countries included in the travel ban. The museum also offers tours of its Islamic galleries after screenings.
Moon Walk at Waimea Valley | 59-864 Kamehameha Highway (O‘ahu) | June 8, 6–9 p.m.
You haven’t experienced a moonlit dinner like this. Join for a buffet dinner catered by Ke Nui Kitchen in The Proud Peacock Restaurant. After dinner, enjoy your walk through Waimea Valley to the waterfall.
Get tickets for the walk and buffet here
Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village | IBM Building (O‘ahu) | June 8, 6–9 p.m.
Every second Thursday of the month, Ward Village hosts a free showcase of selected Hawaii International Film Festival curated films that are open to the public. Although this event is free, space is limited, so be sure to RSVP online.
King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade | Ali‘i Drive (Hawai‘i Island) | June 10, 9 a.m.
This parade along Ali‘i Drive and Palani Road honors King Kamehameha I, who unified the Hawaiian Islands. The procession will feature floral floats, hula hālau, and pa‘u riders on horseback, who are adorned in the flowers and colors of the eight main Hawaiian Islands and are being led by their princesses and the pa‘u queen. After the parade, enjoy music and art at Hulihe‘e Palace.
Build Aloha: Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Charity Event | Kō Hana Rum Distillery, 92-1770 Kunia Rd. (O‘ahu) | June 10, 6–8:30 p.m.
Enjoy specialty Kō Hana Rum cocktails and celebrity chef food stations by local favorites like Pig and The Lady and Fête amidst the grassy plains of Kunia, receive a private tour of the distillery, and end the night with a silent auction. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity’s home improvement and donation center.
“Let’s Be Perfectly Queer,” a Concert by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu | Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel Street (O‘ahu) | June 11, 5:30 p.m.
Come enjoy how the Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu puts its spin on music from old Hawai‘i, Broadway-style at its 2017 Pride Concert, Let’s Be Perfectly Queer.
Buy tickets here
Sailor Jerry Festival | Smith Street & Hotel Street (O‘ahu) | June 17, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
Pay homage to legendary tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, whose famous shop was on Smith Street in Chinatown, where this street festival also takes place. Enjoy live music, local artists, and all things tattoo culture.
Father’s Day Concert & BBQ Buffet | Waimea Valley (O‘ahu) | June 18, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Celebrate Father’s Day with a free concert featuring Paula Fuga, Jerry Santos, and the Pandanus Club. You can also treat your dad to a barbecue buffet, tickets for which include same day Waimea Valley admission and preferred concert seating.
Buy tickets here
Rainbow Dine-Out Group | Location to be determined (Maui) | June 20, 6–8 p.m.
Mingle with Maui’s LGBTQ community with a great meal to boot.
Find out more here
Kona Nui Nights at Ward Village | IBM Courtyard (O‘ahu) | June 21, 6–8 p.m.
This free monthly event honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. This month will feature entertainment by Josh Tatofi. Seating is limited, so be sure to rsvp.
18th Annual Maui Film Festival | Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses, Wailea Golf Club Dr. (Maui) | June 21–25
Gather among a crowd to watch films beneath the starry sky while lounging on the grassy expanse of Wailea Golf Course, or at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This popular annual event kicks off with an opening party that features a gourmet menu and creative cocktails, and has been dubbed the Hawai‘i equivalent of the Sundance Film Festival.
4th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series | Waimea Valley Main Lawn, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. (O‘ahu) | June 25, 3–7 p.m.
This year, this annual concert series is titled, “Songs of our Native Land,” and its lineup features Nathan Aweau, Weldon Kekauoha, Maunalua, Maila Gibson and Ben Vegas, as well as kumu hula Maelia Lobenstein-Carter with Ka Pa Hula ‘O Kauanoe ‘O Wa‘ahila.
Cheers and Beers Pride Night | Maui Brewing Company (Maui) | June 25, 3–8 p.m.
Enjoy live music and ice-cold beers with friends! Special Maui Pride T-shirts are available to support the Friends of Children’s Mental Health and help Maui’s LGBTQ Youth.