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.
Mango Festival | Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa (Hawai‘i) | Aug. 1, 10 a.m. –5 p.m.
Taste a variety of mango grown on the island and participate in agricultural exhibits, dance, hula, and music for both adults and the keiki at this zero-waste event.
Heiva I Kaua‘i | Kapaa Beach Park (Kaua‘i) | Aug. 1 & 2 | $6
This year is the 14th year of this Tahitian dance and drumming competition. Between shows, enjoy local food and Polynesian crafts while watching Pacific Island art and culture demonstrations. Children under 6 admitted for free.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu is holding a summer celebration, complete with BBQ food, drinks, a raffle, and a visit from a mystery massage artist. The first beer is $5, with $2 refills and $1 Jell-O shots.
Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom (O‘ahu) | Tuesdays, 6:30–9:15 p.m.
Kick off your Sunday shoes for Hawaii 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.
Obon Dance & Festival | Hamakua Jodo Mission (Hawai‘i) | Aug. 8, 6:30–10 p.m.
Join residents and tourists alike in dancing to welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones in this Buddhist traditional festival. Note: These festivals take place around the islands through September, look for posted signs.
Art by DE Silent Auction | Mark’s Garage (O‘ahu) | Aug. 8, 6–8 p.m.
Original works by artist De Chambs will be up for silent auction while live music plays. A portion of the proceeds will go to Rainbow Family 808, who will use the funds to provide fresh food and dairy for Youth Outreach Waikiki. Appetizers and open bar provided.
Art + Flea Sunday Funday Market | Ward Warehouse (O‘ahu) | Aug. 10, 10 a.m. –3 p.m.
Shop for art, clothes, décor, and more at this outdoors gathering of dozens of Hawai‘i’s local small business owners. Bring your best walking shoes, because there are also the brick-and-mortar shops and eateries surrounding the market.
Great Hawaiian Food Truck Festival | Kalakaua Avenue (O‘ahu) | Aug. 15, 5–10 p.m.
Taste a variety of local and international cuisines at this food truck rally. Once your belly is full, check out the entertainment on three stages and participate in arts and crafts. A portion of the proceeds will be given to charities.
Rainbow Dine-Out Group | Gannon’s (Maui) | Aug. 18, 6–8 p.m.
Meet both local and visiting LGBT ohana for a delicious meal at Gannon’s, voted one of the Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America by Business Insider. Enjoy contemporary dishes on an outdoor lanai overlooking the ocean.