What To Do in Hawai’i in November

Waikiki Hawaii

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.

Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom & Scarlet Honolulu (Oʻahu) | Every Wednesday 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.

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.

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 Lāhainā (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, 2–5 p.m.
Grab your captain hat and set sail with Hula’s Famous Gay Catamaran Cruise through the waters of Waikiki.
Visit hulas.com to purchase tickets.

37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival | Various locations | November 2 – 12 (O’ahu) and November 16 – 19 (Hawai’i Island and Kaua’i)
HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is the premiere cultural event of Hawai’i and the film festival with a record of cinematic works from the Asia-Pacific Rim. The festival will be screening 160 films from 45 countries.
To see the schedule of events and purchase tickts, click here.

OUTWOD/Maui Crossfit Extreme | Maui CrossFit Extreme (Maui) | Nobember 6, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WOD stands for “Workout Of The Day” and this event is open to atheletes from all backgrounds, ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels to celebrate Maui’s LGBTQIA+ community. Come sweat it out while raising funds for Maui Pride!

Annual Poipu Food and Wine Festival | The Shops at Kukui’ula, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Road (Kaua’i) | November 8 – 12, various times
The Poipu Beach Resort Association (PBRA) will host the 2nd Annual Poipu Food & Wine Festival. The five-day event will celebrate Kauai’s diverse culinary resources and talents, while supporting the Culinary Arts Program at Kauai Community College (KCC).
For more info, click here.

FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) | The ARTS at Marks Garage, 159 Nu’uanu Ave. (O’ahu) | November 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
This public gathering uses community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers. Attendees will pay to attend a catered reception where three artists will showcase and propose their work, and a portion of the payment will be set aside as a prize to the winning artist.
To buy tickets, click here.

Courtyard Cinema | IBM Building, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. (O’ahu) | November 9, 6 – 9 p.m.
Every second Thursday of the month, Courtyard Cinema showcases films that are open to the public. This month, catch a HIFF special screening of Poi E: The Story of Our Song.
To purchase tickets, click here.

New Wave Friday | South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. (O’ahu) | November 10, 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.

Soulgasm Hawaii 10 Year Anniversary | Bar 35 (O’ahu) | November 17, 8:30 p.m.
The longest running House music party in Hawaii’s history celebrates a landmark
of 10 years going strong. With a loyal and dedicated following and international
fanbase, it gathers a diverse crowd from many walks of life.

Kokua Kailua Sunday in Historic Kailua Village | Ali’i Drive in Kailua Village (Hawai’i Island) | November 19, 1 – 6 p.m.
Celebrating its 8th year, Kokua Kailua stretches out from Kailua Pier through Historic Kailua Village to Hualalai Road. With over 100 vendor booths showcasing the work of local artisans and crafters, musicians, and friendly merchants. At 4pm, Hulihee Palace hosts its free Hawaiian entertainment on the seaside lawn honoring Hawaii’s royalty.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | November 20, 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.

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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