What To Do in Hawai’i in May

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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.
thealohabears.com

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.
hulas.com

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | May 7 and 21, 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.
bacchus-waikiki.com

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.
surfjack.com

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.
blazingsaddleshi.org

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!
brewseums.com

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.
jointherepublik.com

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.
wardvillage.com

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.
facebook.com/rawsugarhnl

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.
mauifridays.com/lahaina

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

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.
hulas.com

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

May Day on The Great Lawn | Bishop Museum, The Great Lawn, 1525 Bernice St. (O’ahu) | May 1st, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
May Day is the day to celebrate spring, each other, and the beauty of leis. Buy lei for your loved ones, eat tasty food from local vendors, or sip on cocktails on the great lawn at Bishop Museum watching hula halau and musical performances featuring Robert Cazimero, Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and many more artists. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Groove Child Charities and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.
greatlawnhawaii.com

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | May 4, 5 p.m. – 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.
firstfridayhawaii.com

Mother’s Day Craft and Gift Fair | Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. (O’ahu) | May 4 – 6, various times
Find your perfect Mother’s Day gift at this Blaisdell Exhibition Hall Home and Garden + Craft Fair featuring more than 40 crafts and gifts.
For more information, click here.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | May 6, 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.
nalusmaui.com

New Wave Friday | South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. (O‘ahu) | May 11, 5 – 9 p.m.
This family-friendly pau hana event happens every second Friday of the month. The evening is filled with shops from local artists, entertainment, food, activities for kids and more at South Shore Market and Ward Village.
wardvillage.com

Izik at Doris Duke Theatre | Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania St. (O’ahu) | May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Showcasing his imaginative approach, Izik explores this patch of ideas through his music and his imagination. Izik Moreno is one of Hawai‘i’s most exciting emerging pop and R&B artists. The poignant vocals of this Nā Hōkū Award finalist seamlessly weave Hawaiian motifs with contemporary pop.
To purchase tickets, click here.

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Waihe’e Ridge Trail (Maui) | May 12, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Take a hike with Maui Pride through the clouds and into the valley for spectacular views. From lush rainforest valley, Makamakaole Falls in the distance, and lots of vast ocean to see, this month’s hike is one to not miss!
RSVP at mauipride.org.

Honolulu Triathlon | Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. (O’ahu) | May 13, 6 a.m.
Participants of all ages and fitness levels are invited to compete with fellow athletes from across the world in the Olympic and Sprint triathlons, relays, a 10K run and more.
honolulutriathlon.com

Sunset Pilates O Ka La | The Penthouse Lanai at The Surfjack Hotel (O’ahu) | May 17, 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.

Maui Brewers Festival (10th Annual) | Maui Arts and Cultural Center, One Cameron Way (Maui) | May 19, 3 – 7 p.m.
The MACC’s annual fundraising event–the Maui Brewers Festival–is one of Maui’s top festivals! The event features tasty food from local restaurants and caterers at no additional charge, beer tastings from local and national craft breweries, live music featuring RIDDUM STATION, YUM YUM BEAST and SHEA BUTTER AND THE CREAM, door prizes, a home brew competition, and lots of fun!
mauiarts.org

Secret Record Store at Downbeat Lounge | Downbeat Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St. (O’ahu) | May 26, 3 – 8 p.m.
Pick up vinyl records at Downbeat Lounge’s Secret Record Store, a mobile vinyl pop-up store. Albums range from a variety of genres such as Motown, Soul, and Reggae.
facebook.com/SecretRecordStore

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | May 27, 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.
mauibrewing.com

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) | May 31, 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 & dancing the stress of the daily grind away in a positive, judgement-free zone.
Instagram.com/thecontingency

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.
mauiwine.com

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