What To Do in Hawai’i in May

Protea Maui Lei Magazine

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.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | May 6 & 20, 7 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 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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 p.m. – 9:15 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.

Out on the Rocks: LGBT Climbing in Hawaii | Volcanic Rock Gym (Oʻahu) | Every Tuesday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Out On The Rocks hosts its weekly climbing session at Volcanic Rock Gym. All Queer climbers and allies of any skill level welcome. Check in at the counter and tell them youʻre there for Out On The Rocks to receive our group discount on day passes

Trivia Night | The Brewseum, 901 Waimanu Street (O‘ahu) | Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 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!

Battleship Bingo | The Brewseum, 901 Waimanu Street (O‘ahu) | Every Thursday, 6 p.m.
Hawaii’s only Battleship Bingo is waiting for you to join in on the fun! Flashback to your childhood game-nights with your friends and family. Prizes and happy hour prices are provided.

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.

Art Night in Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every second Friday, 6 p.m. – 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.

Honolulu FrontRunners/FrontWalkers |Kapiʻolani Regional Park, 3840 Paki Ave (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Grab your running/walking shoes and join the Honolulu FrontRunners/FrontWalkers club that provides encouragement and support to Gay Men, Lesbians, and Others with an interest in Running or Walking.

Hula’s Catamaran | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 1:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. | $25
Grab your captain hat and set sail with Hula’s Famous Gay Catamaran Cruise through the waters of Waikiki.

Scarlet Honolulu Fresh Fish Drag Revue | 80 S Pauahi St. (Oʻahu) | 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. (Oʻahu) | 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!
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Hawaii Gay Kickball League | Kapiʻolani Regional Park, 3840 Paki Ave (Oʻahu) | Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Hawaii Gay Kickball league is a co-ed community minded group that strives to provide an inclusive, safe, and enjoyable atmosphere for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and the LGBTQI-friendly community. Our long-term hope is to provide the community with multiple athletic options. We accept all skill levels and celebrate diversity through sport!

Bear Boat with The Aloha Bears | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | Every second Sunday, 11:30 a.m. | $40 members, $45 non-members
Meet other Bears at Bacchus before setting sail through Waikiki on Bear Boat, 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) | Every Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 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.

Lei Day |Kapiʻolani Regional Park, 3840 Paki Ave. (O‘ahu) | May 1, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May 1 is Lei Day which celebrates the custom of making and wearing lei, garlands of fresh flowers that Hawaiians exchange to welcome one another and mark important occasions. Come to Kapiʻolani Park for the annual Lei Day celebration to praise the lei and skills and artistry of Hawaiʻis lei makers.

Hawaii State Art Museum First Friday | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. (O‘ahu) | May 3, 7:30 p.m.
At the Hawaii State Art Museum, art, music and fashion fill the space in celebration of First Friday. In the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI: weaving demonstrations by Gaye Chan, “stained glass” tea light art activity by April Sham with live music with DJ Toki. In the outdoor Sculpture Garden, Zenbu Records live performaces by Super Groupers, Punahele, Sanz, Nick Kurosawa, illnomadic, and Zachtoro. At 7:30 p.m., catch the Andy South Men’s collection fashion show by Ari South with a live performance by Izik to close the show at 8 p.m. On the second floor, classical piano performance by Julia Akatsu Stoyanov and a live music performance by Kimmer Morsen.

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

Wailuku First Friday Town Party | North Market Street (O‘ahu) | May 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wailuku Town’s monthly street party is filled with live music, sidewalk artisans, crafters, and food vendors. Live music at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park, special music at Maui Thing stage and visit the local restaurants and get Wailuku Good Eats!
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8th Annual Big Island AIDS Walk | Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens, 189 Lihiwai St, Hilo (Hawaiʻi Island) | May 4, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Step out for an AIDS free Hawaiʻi by partaking in the 8th annual Big Islands Aids Walk. It is an easy 2-mile walk around Liliʻuokalani Gardens. There is no registration fee to participate in the walk. Proceeds for the event stay right here on the Island and helps to support the Hawaiʻi Island HIV/AIDS Foundation’s efforts to building a healthier community.

Honolulu Biennial 2019 | The Hub at Ward Village (Oʻahu) | March 8 – May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Honolulu Biennial 2019: To Make Wrong / Right / Now opens on March 8, 2019 at nearly a dozen locations on O‘ahu including the Ali’iolani Hale, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, and Honolulu Museum of Art, with the hub located at Ward Village. Energies from across the Pacific Ocean will once again center in Hawaiʻi when Honolulu Biennial 2019 brings together 19 artists and artist groups from Hawaiʻi and 29 artists and artist groups of the Pacific, Asia and the Americas. The Honolulu Biennial is only the second major exhibition series in the world to focus on contemporary art practices of the Pacific, and its location—historically and currently—entreats a curatorial approach that emphasizes genealogical ties within, and issues specific to, the region.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | May 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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 | Waiheʻe Ridge Trail, Kahekili Hwy. (Maui) | May 11, 8 a.m.
This trail climbs the windward slope of West Maui 2.5 miles to a peak overlooking Wailuku. It begins just below the Boy Scout’s Camp Maluhia in the pasture and climbs through a brushy guava thicket, a young planted stand of trees and finally into wet native scrub forest. As one progresses up the ridge the view continually changes. First one looks down on the Boy Scout Camp, then into Waihe’e gorge with its dark verdant cliffs, then north into Makamakaole Gulch, and finally at the top one can see Wailuku and central Maui, to the north the Kahakuloa slopes and directly inland Mount Eke can be seen high in the clouds.We will meet at 8:30am in the parking lot in front of Starbucks at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall. We will carpool from there and leave the parking lot by 8:45 am.

Second Saturday at Hawaii State Art Museum | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel Street (Oʻahu) | May 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. This month,Paper weaving with the Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui! All materials are provided, drop in at any time during activity hours, allowing at least 30 minutes to complete a project.

ADORE at Encore Saloon | Encore Saloon, 10 N Hotel Street (Oʻahu) | May 11, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
A love affair with sound. Join girl gang duo DJ Gnaraly and Ramsey to dance your heart out every second Saturday at Encore Saloon in Chinatown!

Motherʻs Day Polo | Hawaii Polo Club, 68-411 Farrington Hwy. (Oʻahu) | May 19, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Polo’s history in Hawaiʻi dates back to the last decades of the 19th century and is intimately intertwined with the culture of the “Paniolo,” the Hawaiian cowboy. Enjoy the spectacle of polo in Hawaiʻi and partake in the tradition of the game and enjoy the beautiful settings of the polo fields! The gates open at 11 a.m. with the match starting at 2 p.m. Be sure to stay for the music and dancing starting at 5:30 p.m.

Business of Pride Event | Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, 2490 Kalakaua Ave. (Oʻahu) | May 16, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pacific Business News presents the 2nd Annual Business of Pride Awards. This event honors individuals that act as community advocates for local LGBT communities and businesses, as well as companies that are working to advance the LGBT community. Tickets and tables are available at the link below.

Share Your Story: Solidarity through Storytelling | Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Dr. (Oʻahu) | May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join the safe space where individuals gather to share their stories and dive into each of their personal stories. The event will include a presentation, small group discussion and personal reflection. It is free and open to the public. All are invited to bring a plant-based dish to share at the opening potluck meal.
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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia| May 17, 2019
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO or IDAHOT) are widely recognized as an essential feature in the international LGBT rights calendar. In the 9th edition, in 2013, commemorations took place in almost 120 countries, in all world regions. The day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. IDAHO’s date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. The original founders of the International Day Against Homophobia (or “IDAHO”), established the IDAHO Committee to co-ordinate grass-roots actions in different countries, to promote the day and to lobby for official recognition of May 17.

Kailua Night Market | 50 Kihapai St. (Oʻahu) | May 17, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Kailua Night Market is an independent night market. Our market’s mission is to support small local business and build community. Kailua Night Market showcases diverse cultural and food offerings and welcome visitors to the Kailua District. Our goal is transforming Kailua town into a neighborhood cultural gem, making Kailua Town come alive at night.

Al Lopaka Day | Hawaii Polo Club, 68-411 Farrington Hwy. (Oʻahu) | May 19, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Polo’s history in Hawaiʻi dates back to the last decades of the 19th century and is intimately intertwined with the culture of the “Paniolo,” the Hawaiian cowboy. Enjoy the spectacle of polo in Hawaiʻi and partake in the tradition of the game and enjoy the beautiful settings of the polo fields! The gates open at 11 a.m. with the match starting at 2 p.m. Be sure to stay for the music and dancing starting at 5:30 p.m.

42nd Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards | Hawaiʻi Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave. (Oʻahu) | May 25, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards trace their origins to 1978 and KCCN-AM Radio, then the world’s only all-Hawaiian music radio station. The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts also directs programs to promote quality and growth in the recording and music industries in Hawai‘i. In conjunction with Tropical Music, Inc., Hawai‘i state universities and colleges, the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts awards scholarships annually. In conjunction with the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and Hawai‘i book, fashion and food groups, it participates in events and projects promoting Hawai‘i product.

HIGFFL Beer Bust Fundraiser at Bacchus | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | May 26, 1 – 6 p.m.
Join in on one of the best Sundayʻs of the year! Itʻs the HIGFFL Annual Memorial Day Weekend Beer Bust fundraiser. Buy a cup fo $5 and get your complimentary first draft beer and $3 refills thereafter. Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win incredible prizes. All proceeds go toward the HIGFFL and the Honolulu Riptide travel teams (playing this year in NYC in October).
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Mimosas & Marys at Hulaʻs | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | May 26, 3 – 4 p.m.
Miss Candi Shell and her revolving cast of confections guarantee to make your Sunday the best funday of the month. Join for daytime drinking and entertaining drag queens, drag kings, faux queens, burlesque, boylesque, and much more! Free general admission, or visit hulas.com to have front row reserved tables available.

Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii 2019 | Ala Moana Regional Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.  (Oʻahu) | May 27, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Known as “Lantern Floating Hawaii” for its first 20 years, the Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi ceremony is the same event that you have come to love, with an added aim of asking each of us to honor those we miss, beyond that night, by perpetuating their goodness through our actions. The glow of the lanterns touches each of us in a personal way. Through participating or viewing, in person or from afar, we can be inspired to discover, celebrate, and bring out our best selves, full of kindness, compassion, and wisdom with support that extends from the past, into the present and prompting us to act to create a brighter future.

Memorial Day Polo | Hawaii Polo Club, 68-411 Farrington Hwy. (Oʻahu) | May 27, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Polo’s history in Hawaiʻi dates back to the last decades of the 19th century and is intimately intertwined with the culture of the “Paniolo,” the Hawaiian cowboy. Enjoy the spectacle of polo in Hawaiʻi and partake in the tradition of the game and enjoy the beautiful settings of the polo fields! The gates open at 11 a.m. with the match starting at 2 p.m. Be sure to stay for the music and dancing starting at 5:30 p.m.

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