While you are in Hawaiʻi, do you want to party? Stay fit, yoga-style? Eat out? Experience the culture? 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volcom Pipeline Pro |Ehukai Beach Park (O‘ahu) | January 29–February 8
One of numerous surfing contests that light up O‘ahu’s North Shore in the winter season, the Volcom Pipe Pro at world-famous break Banzai Pipeline features some of the top professional surfers hoping to get tubed by the pounding, barreling waves. Be sure to check the website to see if the contest is on before you make the trek.
Plastic Fantastic? | Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr. (O‘ahu) | February 3–July 10
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.
First Sunday LGBT Brunch | Nalu South Shore Grill, Kihei (Maui) | February 3, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Gather with Maui LGBT community for a tasty brunch at Nalu South Shore Grill. RSVP early—more than 60 people attended last month!
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Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival | 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kamuela (Hawai‘i Island) February 6 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The festival showcases the decades-old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park, as well as the Japanese tradition of viewing them, hanami. Enjoy an all-day lineup of Japanese and multicultural performing arts; demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, mochi pounding, and craft fairs.
ART = MIXX: XONATURE | One Cameron Way, Kahului (Maui) | Saturday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Experience a night of interactive art, visual alchemy, and innovative music. Attendees are encouraged to dance, dress up and mingle the night away in a truly unique art exhibit.
Pow! Wow! Hawaiʻi | Various locations around Kakaʻako, Honolulu (Oʻahu) | February 7–13
The sixth annual Pow! Wow! Hawaiʻi promises to be better than ever with a roster of local and international artists decorating the walls of the Kakaʻako neighborhood, as well as a large concert to mark its finish.
Amy O’Neal – Opposing Forces | One Cameron Way, Kahului (Maui) | Thursday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a hip-hop dance show like no other in a revolutionary exploration of race and gender from acclaimed choreographer Amy O’Neal.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave. (O‘ahu) | February 12, 14, 16 at 4 p.m.
A brand new production of Hawaii Opera Theatre’s design team, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s beloved play full of enchantment, action, and comedy, takes on delightful new life in Honolulu.
Heiva I Hawai’i Tahitian Dance Competition | Kekuaokalani Gym at Old Airport Beach Park (Hawai‘i Island) | February 12, 13, 14 | Times vary
Groups from all over Hawai‘i Island perform cultural Tahitian dance and music traditions, from riveting drumming to the enchanting ‘ahuroa style of dance, alongside booths featuring traditional arts, crafts, and local foods.
HOT Out Returns | Honolulu Club & Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu (Oʻahu), 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. | February 12
This is the second year of a special night for Hawaii’s LGBT community with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. The night kicks off with a pre-show mixer at the Honolulu Club, followed by a view from top-price seats at the Blaisdell Concert Hall of Hawaii Opera Theatreʻs A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Oh, and a VIP champagne intermission is also included!
Maui Pride LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Lower Waikamoi Trail (Maui) | Saturday February 13, 8:30 a.m.
Wander through a wide array of trees on this five-mile hike in this high-elevation forest reserve.
“Whale”-abration Cruise | “Ocean Odyssey” slip, Maalaea Harbor, 390 Maalaea Rd., Wailuku (Maui) | February 13, 3–5 p.m. | $45
Hop aboard one of Maui Pride’s two annual LGBT-friendly whale watching cruises, and get an up close and personal look at the humpback whales that frequent Maui’s waters every winter.
World Whale Day | Kalama Park, 1900 S. Kihei Rd. (Maui) | February 13, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Join this daylong celebration of humpback whales, featuring food vendors, a keiki carnival, onstage performances by talented musicians, an artisans’ fair, and even an eco-alley with local nonprofits and agencies working to protect Maui’s ocean.
Rainbow Dine-Out | Location TBA (Maui) | Tuesday, February 16, 6–8 p.m.
Join the Maui Pride community for their monthly dinner out. A fun, social and delicious way to interact with the Maui LGBT community.
Art Affair 2016 | Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave. (Maui) | February 27, 5–8 p.m.
The evening fiesta features a live and silent auction, live music, and dancing, as well as a gourmet seated dinner, open bar, and an opportunity to gather and celebrate with a wonderful community of art supporters.
Wanderlust Oʻahu | Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. (Oʻahu) | February 25–28
Join practitioners, teachers, artists, and speakers for a several-day outdoors festival celebrating everything yoga.