What to Do in Hawaii in November

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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.


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.

LGBTQ+ Film Series Screening | Hawaii LGBT Center-Waikiki, 310 Paoakalani Ave., Ste. 206-E (Oʻahu) | Every first Thursday at 6 p.m.
Grab your friends and head over to Hawaii’s LGBT Center right in Waikiki for a night of LGBTQ+ themed movies and pizza. This event is free and open to all.

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. Tickets can be purchased online.

Scarlet Fever Drag Revue | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St. (Oʻahu) | Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Keep the party going all night at Scarlet Honolulu, one of the island’s craziest dance clubs. LGBTQ or not, all are welcome to check out Scarlet’s weekly drag show.

Art Night in Lahaina Town | Lahaina Town (Maui) | every second Friday night of the month, 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 Friday, galleries stay open late to hold special shows and to feature artists in action. Also enjoy live music and outdoor vendor booths.

Kauai Writers Festival | Courtyard Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach (Kauaʻi) | October 31–November 6
This conference welcomes 150 pre-registered attendees to experience workshops led by recognized authors, get feedback from fellow writers, and learn about the publishing industry in a picturesque setting.

Poipu Food and Wine Festival | Various locations (Kauaʻi) | November 2–6
Kauaʻi’s southern coast is celebrating its culinary flare with five events ranging from a Hawaiian Regional Cuisine market to a cooking class to an outdoor brunch.

Hard Rock Café LGBT Dance Night | Hard Rock Café Lahaina (Maui) | November 3 & 10, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
Dance the night away while helping the Maui pride community, with DJ Love and DJ Benjamin providing the beats all night! Ages 21 and over with half of the $5 cover going to either Maui Pride or Maui AIDS.

Hawaiʻi International Film Festival | Various Screenings and locations (Oʻahu) | November 3–13
Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) is every cinematic connoisseur’s must go to event. The large variety of award winning filmmakers share remarkable stories of others, both in our community and around the world, showing what they see through their films.

46th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival | Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona (Hawaiʻi Island) | November 4
Hosting more than 40 events over 10 days, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival showcases nearly 200 years of culture behind Kona Coffee. If you’re a true coffee lover, this event for all ages will include the loads of opportunities to taste, learn and develop a stronger love for your favorite drink!

Made in Maui County Festival | Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavillion (Maui) | November 5, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Maui County’s largest products show for its third year featuring over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of made in Maui County products, including foods, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, and so much more! This family friendly event will include food trucks, a fashion show and prize drawings. Public admissions is $5, children 12 and under are free.

TRIVIA | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers Street (Oʻahu) | November 7 & 21
Show of your knowledge at TRIVIA night at Bacchus every first and third Monday of every month! Form a team of two to six players, enjoy drink specials and tasty treats, and win that grand prize of drink tokens! Never a cover and always fun!

26th Annual Hula O Nā Keiki Celebration | Kaanapali Beach Hotel (Maui) | November 11–13
Hula O Nā Keiki is Maui’s only solo hula competition for children ages 5-17. Participants are required to learn, interpret and perform a specific Maui chant, an opportunity to learn about and nurture Hawaiian cultural values. This two-day event will be held at the historic Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

7th Annual Kohala ‘Āina Festival | Inhabit Farms, Kapaʻau (Hawaiʻi Island) | November 12, 1–10 p.m. (Gates open at 12:30 p.m.)
The Kohala ‘Āina Festival is an annual benefit concert and celebration of local harvest and farming. Held at the beginning of Makahiki season, this family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free event features a line up of musicians, educational workshops and a 100% locally grown food vendors.

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Haleamauu Trail (Maui) | November 12, 8:30 a.m.
This month we’re heading to Haleakala to adventure on the Switchbacks trail to experience the untouched scenery and awesome bird-eye-views of Keanae Valley. With the full trail ending at 7.4 miles, we will decide how far to go as a group. The weather at this elevation can change suddenly, so please come prepared with layers, waterproof jacket, and lots of water.
RSVP online at mauipride.org

Booze Cruise with The Aloha Bears | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | November 13, 11:30 a.m. | $35 members/ $40 non-members
Meet other Bears at Bacchus before setting sail through Waikiki, while enjoying an open-bar on water. Guests are also invited back to Bacchus for lunch, included in ticket price.

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 Bazai Pipeline.

Hula’s 18th Anniversary Party | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | November 16, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
Celebrate world-renowned Waikiki gay bar Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand’s 18th anniversary at its ocean-view location.

Mele at the Moana | The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (Oʻahu)
November 18, 5–9 p.m.
This popular music series, held at one of Waikiki’s most historic hotels, continues with a performance by Raitea Helm and Friends, who became the first female recording artist from Hawai’i to be nominated for a Grammy Award.

Turkey Trot | Kapiolani Park Bandstand (Oʻahu) | November 24, 6:30 a.m.
Ready, Set, Trot! Join the Honolulu Marathon Clinic for its 41st annual Turkey Trot, a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition. In this race, the fastest runner rarely wins the grand prize! Prizes are given to those who finish closest to their own predicted time.

Nexus: Impressions Print and Book Fair | Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St. (Oʻahu) | November 25–27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday Night Prints, November 25, 6–8 p.m.
This series of events presented by Honolulu Printmakers features workshops, wraps up with the Impressions16 Print and Book Fair. This event will benefit the organization that helps us raise money to further their goal of promoting print culture in Hawai’i.

Bear•Arcade | Dave & Busters (Oʻahu) | November 30, 6 p.m.
Drink, eat, socialize and fundraise all in one fun night playing arcade games with The Aloha Bears. Tickets won are asked to be donated towards an upcoming Toys for Tots drive in November! This is a free event.

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