What To Do in Hawai’i in September

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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.

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.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | September 3 and 17, 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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.

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

Scarlet Honolulu Fresh Fish Drag Revue | 80 S Pauahi St. (O’ahu) | 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. (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.

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.

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.

36th Annual Okinawan Festival | Hawai’i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Avenue (O’ahu) | Septemeber 1 – 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Put on your happi coat and immerse yourself in Okinawan culture at the state’s largest ethnic festival on Labor Day weekend taking place on two levels of the Hawaiʻi Convention Center this year! Feast on traditional cultural dishes such as andagi and Okinawa soba, watch live performances by popular entertainers from Okinawa and local groups, and hop in line at the annual Bon Dance at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Wang Chung’s 9 Year Minniversary | Wang Chungs Karaoke Bar, 2424 Koa Ave. (O’ahu) | September 3, 12:00 – 11:59 p.m.
Stop by and celebrate with drink specials and light hosted pupus (til we run out), and of course, unlimited free hugs! To say TANK YOU, the first 199 customers to purchase something, take a picture with a staff member, and do a Wang Chung’s social media blast will get a complimentary limited edition Wang Chung’s tank top and reusable tote bag!
For more information, click here.

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | September 7, 5 – 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.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | September 2, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Join up every first Sunday of the month at Nalu’s in Kihei for Maui Pride’s popular LGBTQ Sunday Brunch.

“The TwinNight Show” Late Night Meets Burlesque! | Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretenia St. (O’ahu) | September 14, 6 p.m.
Superhosts Hunter Down (HI) and Tita Titsling (HI) team up in an unconventional way for an evening full of big laughs, burlesque, hard-hitting questions and a highly inappropriate product placement ad or two.
For tickets, click here.

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Kapalua Coastal Trail (Maui) | September 8, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
At the ocean’s edge throughout Kapalua Resort, the Coastal Trail runs north from Kapalua Bay Beach, across the sand dunes at Oneloa bay, through the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua to popular D.T.Fleming Beach Park. A short and easy trail with beautiful views throughout!
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

50th Anniversary Celebration for Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi | Moliʻi Garden at Kualoa Ranch, 49-345 Kamehameha Hwy. (O’ahu) | September 8, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sierra Club Hawaiʻi with a night of ʻāina-based cuisine, live entertainment by Paula Fuga and Taimane, drinks and a silent auction. Sierra Club has been instrumental in protecting Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems, trails and sustainability goals.

Kona PRIDE | King Kamehameha Luau Grounds, 75-5660 Palani Rd. (Hawai’i Island) | September 14 – 16
For the first time in 6 years, Kailua Kona is hosting their Gay Pride festival celebrating Diversity and Pride! The Main event is scheduled Saturday the 15th from 1 – 6 p.m. at the luau grounds located at the King Kamehameha Marriott. Featuring vendors, entertainment all afternoon on the main stage including appearances by Coco Montrese & Kimora Blac from Ru Paul Drag Race, Cabanas & Yard games, and a Bar provided by Stoli, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Check the full list of weekend events at the link below.

Second Saturday at Hawaii State Art Museum | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel Street (O’ahu) | September 15, 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. All materials are provided, drop in at any time during activity hours, allowing at least 30 minutes to complete a project.

Hawaiʻi Walk to Defeat ALS | Kapiʻolani Regional Park, 3840 Paki Ave. (O’ahu) | September 15, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Show your support for Hawai‘i’s ALS community at this annual 1.5-mile walk. The event features family-friendly activities. The walk route will be accessible to wheelchairs.

Sunset Pilates O Ka La | The Penthouse Lanai at The Surfjack Hotel (O’ahu) | September 20, 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.

Soulgasm Hawaii | Bar 35, 35 N. Hotel St. (O’ahu) | August 17, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Join the “Best Party To Dance” in Honolulu with all of the best House/Funk/Soul vibes to enjoy. This month, SOULGASM presents a special birthday celebration for Jimmy San and special guest SHIGE (BUMP – San Diego),\
For more information, click here.

ARS Live Music with IZIK | ARS Cafe, 3116 Monsarrat Ave. (O’ahu) | September 19, 8 – 10 p.m.
Musician Zen Chambers has performed at a number of establishments here in Honolulu. ARS Cafe has invited Zen and friends to join us this month for a lively night of beats and freestyles.

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) | September 27, 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 and dancing the stress of the daily grind away in a positive, judgement-free zone.

Got Sh*t Done Fridays | The BoxJelly Coworking, 307A Kamani St. (O’ahu) | September 28, 5 – 8 p.m.
On every final Friday, Got Sh*t Done celebrates the end of the month over delicious cold brews from Aloha Beer Company while grooving to the juicy jams spun by DJs from Central Pacific Time.
Click here for more info.

Secret Record Store at Downbeat Lounge | Downbeat Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St. (O’ahu) | September 29, 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.
Click here to learn more.

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | September 30, 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.

2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards Presented by First Hawaiian Bank | The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalākaua Ave. (O’ahu) | September 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Eat, Drink, Mingle, Repeat! Dine on signature dishes from award-winning chefs at the 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards celebration! Indulge your taste buds while sipping on signature cocktails and enjoying live entertainment in a festive setting with friends and family.
Click here to purchase tickets.

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