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) | February 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 Wednesday 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
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | The Safehouse at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd #30 (Oʻahu) | Every first Thursday, 9 p.m.
Come on down to this party that celebrates Honolulu’s LGBT community. jointherepublik.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 Lāhainā Town | Throughout Lāhainā (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, 2–5 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
First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | February 2, 5 p.m. – 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
Punahou Carnival | Punahou School, Honolulu (O’ahu) | February 2 – 3, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Punahou School invites people of all ages to go on “A Worldwide Ride” for two days of family fun. Fresh malasadas, mango chutney, kiddie games and E.K. Fernandez rides, White Elephant treasures and live musical entertainment are among the many treats that draw fans each year to the Punahou Carnival. Proceeds support the School’s financial aid program. Learn more here.
Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival | 65-1108 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea (Hawai’i Island | February 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Held traditionally the first Saturday of February, the festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities during the day at venues throughout Waimea. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Free shuttle transportation among most venues.
For more info, please call 808-961-8706.
Hi’iaka & Pele | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawai’i Island) | February 3, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Discover two fascinating Hawaiian goddesses, sisters Pelehonuamea (Pele) and Hi‘iaka, and the natural phenomena they represent. Visitors will experience the sisters coming alive through the epic stories depicted in the natural landscape of Kahuku on this easy 1.7-mile walk on the main road in Kahuku. Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the mauka side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended.
For more information, click here.
POW! WOW! Hawaii 2018 | Various locations Kaka’ako (O’ahu) | February 8-18
POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The Hawaii event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and brings over a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art.
To learn more about the event, click here.
2018 Chinese New Year Celebration | Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania Street (O’ahu) | February 9-10, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii presents its annual Chinese New Year Celebration event at Chinatown Cultural Plaza. This family-friendly event will feature food and craft booths, live entertainment, special cultural performances, lion and dragon dances, lion dancing on poles, and more.
For more information, click here.
LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Makawao Forest Preserve, Kahakapao Loop Trail (Maui) | February 10, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Take a hike with Maui Pride through the the Forest Reserve. Along the trail, many different kinds of trees from the US and various other countries were planted during a timber experiment to find out if any of these species would thrive enough to be consistently harvested in this moist, high elevation environment. Although many non-native trees were introduced to the island for the sake of this experiment, some native species can still be found there, including the well-known ohia lehua tree that provides nectar for native honeycreepers.
RSVP at mauipride.org
“Whale”abration Cruise | Ma’alaea Harbor (Maui) | February 10, 3 – 5 p.m.
Each year Maui Pride organizes two LGBT “Whale”abration cruises aboard the Pacific Whale Foundation’s “Ocean Odyssey”. This is a fabulous excursion that gets you up close and personal with amazing creatures that most only get to see from the beach. It’s also a fun social occasion for our LGBT and LGBT-friendly ohana (locals) and malihini (visitors) to share some Aloha.
RSVP at mauipride.org
Valentines in the Valley | Waimea Valley, Haleiwa (O’ahu) | February 14
Bring your beloved for a romantic dinner at one of the most beautiful and sacred places on O‘ahu, Waimea Valley. Local catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen presents a custom five course dinner with locally-sourced fresh ingredients.
To learn more and reserve a table, click here.
New Wave Friday | South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. (O’ahu) | February 9, 5 – 9 p.m.
This family-friendly pau hana event happens every second Friday of the month. The evening is filled with shops from local artists, entertainment, food, activities for kids and more at South Shore Market and Ward Village. wardvillage.com
Sunset Pilates O Ka La | The Penthouse Lanai at The Surfjack Hotel | February 15, 6 -7 p.m.
Watch the sunset behind the Waikiki skyline from the penthouse lanai at The Surfjack Hotel. Every third Thursday of the month, join yogi and Pilates instructor Chelsea Peck for a dynamic group Pilates session. No mat? No worries. Mats are provided by Lululemon Honolulu.
Sign up for classes here.
The Great Aloha Run | Aloha Stadium (O’ahu) | February 19, 7 a.m.
An 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. There are divisions for elites, age groups, wheelchair and hand-cycle competitors, Sounds of Freedom (military running in formation) and those who just want to walk the course with friends and socialize along the way in the Back of the Pack. greataloharun.com
The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) February 22, 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 & dancing the stress of the daily grind away in a positive, judgement-free zone. Instagram.com/thecontingency
Hawaiian Music Series Concerts in Lahaina | Baldwin Home Museum, Lahaina (Maui) |
Relax under the shade trees of the Baldwin Home Museum for a FREE Hawaiian music concert on the last Thursday of each month! Kick back to enjoy the sweet island sounds of rising star musicians who sing traditional and popular tunes, play ‘ukulele, slack key and contemporary guitar. Impromptu hula is often part of the show. Limited seating is provided; mats or low beach chairs are welcome. lahainarestoration.org
Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | February 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
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