What To Do in Hawaiʻi November

Lei Taylor Okata

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.
thealohabears.com

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.
hulas.com

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | November 5 and 19, 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.
bacchus-waikiki.com

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.
surfjack.com

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.
blazingsaddleshi.org

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!
brewseums.com

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.
wardvillage.com

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.
facebook.com/rawsugarhnl

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.
mauifridays.com/lahaina

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. (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!
scarlethonolulu.com

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.
hulas.com

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.
mauiwine.com

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.

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!
hawaiigaykickball.com

Made in Maui County Festival | Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way (Maui) | November 2 and 3, 1:30 – 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. – 4 :30 p.m.
Maui County’s largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, is a popular event featuring over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of made in Maui County products, including food, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, furniture, gifts, collectibles and more. This annual festival is the most sought-after products show in Maui County offering a springboard for local companies to take their business to the next level by being able to unveil new products, meet with prospective wholesalers and connect with new customers.
madeinmauifestival.com

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | November 2, 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.
firstfridayhawaii.com

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | November 4, 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.
nalusmaui.com

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38th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival | Dole Cannery Theatres, IBM Building Courtyard, and Hawaii Theatre (Oʻahu) | November 8 – 18, various showtimes
HIFF is the only statewide film festival in the U.S. and the only festival spread across an archipelago. Presented by Halekulani, this premiere cultural event of the State of Hawaii and the film festival of record of cinematic works from the Asia-Pacific Rim includes new films from indigenous cinema artists of the Pacific. A bridge between “East and West,” the Festival will screen 187 films from 35 countries — ranging from festival favorites such as the Spotlight on Japan and Spotlight on Korea programs, and films from Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto (Awards Buzz), to special sidebars on the environment (Green Screen), culinary cinema (Eat.Drink.Film.), Asian genre cinema (Extreme Asia), and a special program around renowned filmmaker Wong Kar-wai (in attendance). The Festival will also feature new works from Pacific Islander cinema artists (Pacific Showcase), the sophomore year of the competition section for locally-based films (Made in Hawaii), and a brand new competition section for emerging filmmakers, the Kau Ka Hōkū Award.
hiff.org

Art + Flea/New Wave Friday | South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. (Oʻahu) | November 9, 5 – 9 p.m.
Every month, ART + FLEA presents a unique monthly shopping experience for Hawaii’s talented creatives to showcase their goods and talents. Over 60 independent artists, vintage collectors, DIYers, food trucks, handmade aficionados, and fashion designers are featured at each event, drawing an eclectic crowd of shoppers, music and art lovers alike. Alongside up-and-coming bands, your favorite local DJs, changing themes, each event remains fresh.
artandflea.com

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Kahakuloa Ridge Hike (Maui) | November 10, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This hike is just past Kahakuloa town on Highway 340. The sign says 4-wheel drive only, but trucks and good SUV’s (loaded with hikers) made it last time too with no problems. It is 1.6 miles up to the gate where we will start our hike. The hike itself is about 3 miles, making the excursion about 3 to 3 and a half hour trip!
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Second Saturday at Hawaii State Art Museum | Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel Street (Oʻahu) | November 10, 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.
sfca.hawaii.gov

HIFF GAY-LA AFTER PARTY | Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | November 10, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Join HIFF goers for a celebration of LGBT films at HIFF and the official after party for “Leitis in Waiting” at Regal Dole Cannery Theaters. The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant, mentors a young contestant rejected by her family, garners the support of a Royal Princess, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis’ lives. Present your HIFF ticket for FREE admission at the door, cash bar.
hiff.org

Kailua Night Market | 50 Kihapai St. (Oʻahu) | November 16, 5 – 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.
kailuanightmarket.com

Turkey Trot | Rice Park, 5700 Kula Hwy. (Maui) | November 22, 7 a.m.
Every Thanksgiving VIRR hosts a run in Kula at Rice park called the Turkey Trot. The winners of the Turkey Trot are not necessarily the ones who cross the finish line first but instead the runner who guesses closest to their time for either the 16 mile or 8 mile run! Honor system here folks, absolutely NO devices or any time tracking apparatus is allowed, you will be disqualified.
To register, click here.

Kilauea Night Market | Anaina Hou Community Park, 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy. (Hawaiʻi Island) | November 23, 4 – 8 p.m.
Kilauea Night Market is held on the last Saturday of each month. Previously called “Kilauea Art Night,” this popular local art and crafts market offers live music and trendy food trucks, and features over 30 local artisans who produce: fine art, pottery, paintings, photography, apparel, jewelry, woodworkers and more!
anainahou.org

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | November 25, 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.
mauibrewing.com

Secret Record Store at Downbeat Lounge | Downbeat Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St. (Oʻahu) | November 24, 3 – 8 p.m.
This event occurs monthly, on the fourth Saturday. 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.
facebook.com/SecretRecordStore/

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | November 25, 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.
mauibrewing.com

ARS Live Music with The Drowning Dreamers Band | ARS Cafe, 3116 Monsarrat Ave. (Oʻahu) | November 29, 7 – 9 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.
ars-cafe.com

The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (Oʻahu) | November 29, 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.
Instagram.com/thecontingency

Got Sh*t Done Fridays | The BoxJelly Coworking, 307A Kamani St. (Oʻahu) | November 30, 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.
For more info, click here.

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