Surf sessions, tanning on the sand, and toasting with cocktails at the poolside bar are sure bets in Hawai‘i. Once you’ve gotten your fill, these community events, performances, and parties are perfect outings for the socialite or curious traveler.
Image of a Grey Goose Day Club Pool Party courtesy Kelli Bullock. See the seventh event in the listing for this month’s.
Yoga | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9–10 a.m. | $10
Bring clothes to move in and get ready to stretch your body and limits with David Sanders and Yoga Teacher Friends at O‘ahu’s most beloved gay bar in Waikiki. But don’t worry, classes are conducted at your pace.
Duke Paoa Kanahanamoku Exhibit | Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St. (O‘ahu) | August 9–November 30 | $20
Learn about surf and Hawaiian history through Bishop Museum’s exhibit honoring this eponymous surfer, Olympic swimmer, lifeguard, sheriff, and ambassador of aloha.
Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse (O‘ahu) | Tuesdays, 6:30–9:15 p.m.
Kick off your shoes at this Hawai‘i LGBT and straight community social dance night. Dances include line dancing, two-step, waltzes, swing, and more. Free dance lessons are offered between 6:30 and 7 p.m.
Aloha Friday on the Porch | Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanos National Park (Hawai‘i Island) | Every Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Master lei maker Randy Lee demonstrates the art of lei making and shares stories of the craft and culture.
Art Night In Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every third 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 Friday, galleries stay open late to hold special shows and feature artists in action. Also enjoy live music and outdoor vendor booths.
Bear Fridays at Bacchus | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (O‘ahu) | Every Friday evening
Meet and play with other bears and LGBTQIA community at Bacchus on Friday nights. A perfect way to wind down after a busy week at work, or to kick off a weekend to remember in Waikiki.
Smash by Chitty Bang | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St.(O‘ahu) | Every third Friday 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Featuring our favorite lady Roxy OTM, this new event at Scarlet Honolulu is for lesbians, lovers, LGBT, and anyone who likes to have fun.
Grey Goose Day Club | Sunset Pool at the Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. (O‘ahu) | November 1, noon–6 p.m.
Party poolside with RoxyOTM at the mic and a swimsuit fashion show to kick of Hawaii Fashion Month. If you come, make sure to snag a free copy of Lei!
Chitty Bang | The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., upstairs (O‘ahu) | November 5, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
This monthly alternative event brings in crowds, emceed by RoxyOTM with DJs SuperCW, Ace, Betty, and Tittahbite.
Holualoa Village Coffee Stroll | Holualoa School, 76-5957 Mamalahoa Hwy. (Hawai‘i Island) | November 7, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
One of Hawai‘i’s claims to fame is its delicious Kona coffee. Taste coffee from over 30 farms on the island while enjoying the live music and art galleries and unique shops of Holualoa.
Made in Maui County Festival | Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way (Maui) | November 7, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
More than 130 Maui vendors offer food, crafts, art, jewelry, and fashion on the lawn of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Join the fun with demonstrations, prize drawings, and a fashion show.
Movember Cruise With Aloha Bears | Meet at Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (O‘ahu) | November 8, noon–2 p.m. | $40, $35 for members
Come armed with your best facial hair for this Movember-themed cruise off the coast of Waikiki. Donations will be sent to the Movember Foundation. Tickets for the cruise also include lunch and a drink after at Bacchus.
Sun Yat–Sen Festival | Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St. (Maui) | November 13, 1–7 p.m.
Sun Yat-Sen, “The Father of Modern China,” is honored at this festival featuring lion dances, fan dances, and a martial arts demonstration on the lawn of Wo Hing Museum. Enjoy Cantonese fare and Chinese tea, and learn about the connection between Sun and Maui.
Hula O Na Keiki | 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy. (Maui) | November 13–15
Twenty-five participants between the ages of 5 and 17 will compete in Maui’s keiki hula competition at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Both kahiko (ancient) and ʻauana (modern) hula styles will be performed. Take part in workshops on Pacific arts, crafts, and hula.
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.
Hawaii International Film Festival | Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 (O‘ahu) | November 12–22, various times
This year marks the Hawaii International Film Festival’s 35th anniversary. Watch global and local features, documentaries, and shorts from independent filmmakers from Asia, the Pacific islands, and Hawai‘i.
Hula’s 17th Anniversary Party | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd floor | November 18, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
Celebrate world-renowned Waikiki gay bar Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand’s 17th anniversary at their ocean-view location. Ten percent of door proceeds to go Rainbow Film Festival. ($10 Tickets include two beverages, pupus by Hula’s Cafe By Ginniberries, video, and live entertainment. $50 tables also available.)
Maui GLBT & Friends Hiking Group: Kahakuloa Ridge Hike | Meet at Starbucks in Kahului at Queen Kaahumanu Center to carpool, 275 W Kaahumanu Ave. (Maui) | November 14, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join the Maui LGBT community for a roughly three-mile hike gaining 400 feet in elevation that weaves along a stream and offers a retreat into nature. Bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and snacks.
RSVP at mauipride.org/event
Rainbow Dineout Group | Migrant Hawaii, Wailea Beach Marriott, 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr. (Maui) | November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Join members of the Maui LGBT community for dinner at the outstanding Migrant restaurant owned by chef Sheldon Simeon, a Top Chef finalist who was born and raised in Hawaii. His dishes are deeply rooted in the cultures that have shaped Hawaii cuisine, and most of come from family recipes.
RSVP at mauipride.org/rsvpmaker
Transgender Day Of Remembrance | November 20
In memory of all victims of violence due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Stand together in vigil with love and respect.
Hula Hoopla | November 28 | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St.(O‘ahu) | Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. | $12
This is a comedy benefit for Life Foundation that features local laugh-getters Champ Kaneshiro, Kaleo Pilanca, and Lanai Tabura.