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.
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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.
NTBG Movie Night | McBryde Garden in Poipu (Kaua‘i) | Sept. 6, 5–9:30 p.m.
Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides outdoors on the big screen, right next to where several scenes from the movie were filmed in the Allerton Garden. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour filming sites before the show, meet a “mermaid,” and indulge in a mini chair massage. Food, drinks, and movie snacks will also be available for purchase. (To get here, catch a shuttle from South Shore Visitors Center.)
Wiliwili Festival | Waikaloa Village (Hawai‘i Island) | Sept. 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Free
Join for a day of celebrating Wiliwili trees and the native dryland forest in Waikoloa Village. There will be live music, local food vendors, workshops, forest tours, a silent auction, native plant sales, giveaways, and hands-on activities for keiki.
Hike along the ocean’s edge throughout Kapalua Resort, across the sand dunes at picturesque Oneloa Bay, through The Ritz-Carlton’s scenic grounds, along the popular D.T. Fleming Beach Park, and finish at historic Honolua Bay, where the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a began its maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976, and where surfers all over the world come over to enjoy the winter swell. 2.5 miles, beginner, 2.5 hours.
Rainbow Dine Out | Vineyard Food Company, Wailuku (Maui) | Sept. 15, 6–8 p.m.
Join the Maui pride community at Vineyard Food Company, which has created a special menu for the event. Gay owned and operated, Vineyard Food Company has been a major supporter of all things LGBT on Maui for more than 13 years.
Thousands of people take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun, and entertainment at this annual event with performances of the various genres of Hawaiian music and hula halau (hula schools). Hawaiian crafts and flower leis and many varieties of island cuisine will be also be featured.
The Ka‘u Coffee Trail Run traverses macadamia nut and coffee fields along the beautiful slopes of rural Ka‘u on the southern side of Hawai`i Island. The course starts with a family-friendly 5K, continues uphill through a moderately challenging 10K and reaches a 3100-foot elevation in the vigorously exhilarating half-marathon. Registration includes lunch, massage, and race goodie bag with t-shirt, and more.
Earthdance | South Kona (Hawai‘i Island) | Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | $15, $25
A massive synchronized music and dance festival for peace with music, art, camping, dancing, workshops, visual art, and organic vendors. Entertainment includes live bands, DJs, VJs, fire dancing, and more. On Saturday, there will be a global prayer for peace.
Wine with Local Snacks and Grinds | Hound and Quail, Chinatown (O‘ahu) | Sept. 29, 6 p.m. | $35
Learn how to add panache to your local kine snacks and grinds. This event will pair wines with popcorn, Zippy’s, iso peanuts, and more. To reserve your seat, email [email protected] with the event title and how many people will be attending.