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 these events.
Yoga | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Wednesdays and Sundays, 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.
Chitty Bang | The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., upstairs (O‘ahu) | Every first Thursday, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
This monthly alternative event brings in crowds, emceed by RoxyOTM with DJs SuperCW, Ace, Betty, and Tittahbite.
Open Mic Mondays | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Mondays, 6–9 p.m.
Grab the mic and let your inner vocalist shine at Waikiki’s longstanding gay bar. Come alone or with friends – all performers receive a free drink either way.
Scarlet Fever Drag Revue | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St. (O‘ahu) | 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.
Taco Tuesdays | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Tuesdays, 3:30–9:30 p.m.
Spice up your Tuesdays with a little Latin flare at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand. Enjoy $5 margaritas, $2 tacos and live music from 6-9 p.m.
Art Night In Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every second Friday night, 5:30 -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 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.
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.
Hula’s Catamaran | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Saturdays, 3–4:30 p.m.
Set sail on Hula’s wild, weekly Catamaran voyage and catch a scenic glimpse of Waikiki from the waves. Tickets can be bought the day of sail from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Kanikapila Jam Sessions | 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano (Hawai‘i Island) | Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. | $5 donation suggested
Bring your own instrument to this informal, “garage style” jam session held weekly at the Volcano Art Center’s Great Room.
Kripalu Yoga with Jo Caron | 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano (Hawai‘i Island) | Wednesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. | $5
Whether you’re a longtime practitioner or just a yoga beginner, yoga classes with certified Kripalu-style yoga instructor Jo Caron offer an opportunity for rejuvenation, relaxation, and mindfulness.
Plastic Fantastic? | Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr. (O‘ahu) | Through October
This spring exhibition at Spalding House, the second location of Honolulu Museum of Art, which is set on an enchanting campus in Makiki Heights, focuses on plastic—its history, its discovery, and how it is used for everything from water bottles to works of art. The exhibition also explores the material’s effect on the environment and cultures worldwide.
Second Annual Maui Jim Oceanfest | Kaʻanapali Beach, 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy. (Maui) | June 3–5
This ocean festival presents a wide variety of water events ranging from swim races to stand-up paddleboard and surf-ski races for teams and individuals from Hawaiʻi and around the world. There are even keiki events at lunchtime!
Honolulu Pride Family Picnic | Queen’s Surf Beach Park, 2715 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu (Oʻahu) | Saturday, June 4, noon–4 p.m.
Join the Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation for a pride picnic, and celebrate the beginning of National LGBT Pride Month with your family and friends! The grill will be loaded with burgers and hot dogs, so bring a dish to pass, then enjoy the fun.
Cinco de Junio Mexican Brunch at Wang Chung’s | Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar, 2424 Koa Ave., Waikiki (Oʻahu) | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sip on hibiscus mimosas and horchata while chowing down on churro waffles, chorizo breakfast burritos, menudo and more by chef @mexicanrandyhi at this karaoke bar that is a hit with the LGBT scene.
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First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch | Nalu South Shore Grill, Kihei (Maui) | Sunday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.–noon
For this monthly event, gather with the Maui LGBT community for a tasty brunch at Nalu’s South Shore Grill.
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Sailor Jerry Festival | Smith Street, Chinatown Honolulu (Oʻahu) | Saturday, June 11 | 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
Featuring live music, local artists, and all things tattoo culture, this festival pays homage to legendary tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, aka “Old Ironsides,” right where the icon’s famous shop was once located in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Admission to the street party is free for all ages, and for $10, the 21-plus crowd gets access to indoor activities lasting until 2 a.m.
100th Anniversary King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade | ‘Iolani Palace to Kapiʻolani Park (Oʻahu) | June 11, parade starts at 9 a.m.
This parade includes floats and horses—all decorated with incredible floral arrangements—and proceeds from downtown Honolulu to Waikīkī, where daytime festivities at the park bandstand continue until 4 p.m.
Maui Pride LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Olowalu Cultural Reserve Stream (Maui) | Saturday June 11, 8:30 a.m.
Hike along the scenic Olowalu Cultural Reserve Stream trail other LGBT hikers in this community-organized event. Note: The group meets nearby to carpool.
Rainbow Dine-Out | Cow Pig Bun (Maui) | Tuesday, June 21, 6 p.m.
Join the Maui Pride community for their monthly dinner out. A fun, social and delicious way to interact with Maui’s LGBT community.
“Let’s Get Soaking Wet,” a Honolulu Pride fundraiser | Wet N’ Wild HawaiʻI Waterpark, Kapolei (Oʻahu) | Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Join a day of fun in the sun at Wet n’ Wild Waterpark, where Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation has secured Cutters Island for an exclusive LGBT party area. The cash bar will be open, and music will be provided by Scarlett. A portion of the $29.99 ticket price will be donated to 2016 Honolulu Pride, use promo code PRIDE.
The 4th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series | Waimea Valley Main Lawn, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. (Oʻahu) | June 25, 3–7 p.m.
This annual concert series celebrates popular Hawaiian musicians, and takes place on the last Saturday of June, July, and August. This year, it is titled, “Songs of our Native Land.” The June 25 lineup features Nathan Aweau, Weldon Kekauoha, Maunalua, Maila Gibson and Ben Vegas, and Kumu Hula Maelia Lobenstein-Carter with Ka Pa Hula ‘O Kauanoe ‘O Waʻahila.
Waikiki Art Fest | Kapiʻolani Park, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. (Oʻahu) | June 25 and 26, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wander through nearly 80 booths, where artists and handcraft artisans display and sell their works ranging from jewelry and clothing to soaps and candles to quilts and lauhala products. While here, enjoy food and live entertainment.