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) | June 4 and 18, 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 Tuesday 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 Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (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, 1:45–5 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
DIVAS (D.ancing I.mpersonating V.ixens with A.ttitude and S.ass) | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oahu) | Every first and third Saturday, 10 p.m.
This dance-centered drag show has a rotating cast comprised of both “drag” and transgender entertainers. The upbeat show incorporates various forms of dance and movement, and keeps things light by including the occasional comedy act or acts that require audience participation. hulas.com
Maui Chef’s Table | Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy (Maui) | Every Saturday, 6 p.m.
Dive into a multi-course menu of dishes inspired by chefs’ personal stories and told through Maui’s seasonal ingredients. A combination of high-quality ingredients paired with creative minds and innovative techniques results in a unique culinary experience. Guests are encouraged to get up out of their seats, come to the “Chef’s Table”, see the action, take pictures, and get to know the Chefs. The kitchen is right there in the room!
To purchase tickets, click here.
Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson | Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania (O’ahu) | March 1 – July 29
The Honolulu Museum of Art presents the first major solo museum exhibition of Erick Swenson. Based in Dallas, Swenson creates labor-intensive sculptures from cast polyurethane resin. The degree of precision and detail necessary to create these works is truly awe-inspiring and a single sculpture can take up to two years to complete. This survey exhibition of 11 works includes two new sculptures, one of a hammerhead shark created expressly for the show that the museum has acquired.
Learn more at honolulumuseum.org
First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | June 1, 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
Annual Pride Community Picnic | Queens Beach, 2685 Kalakaua Ave. (O’ahu) | June 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 2018 Pride Community Picnic is presented by the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation in celebration of National Pride Month. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, it’s an entirely free event for LGBTQ+ people, their friends and families. With complimentary food and beverages, and lots of fun beach games and prizes, it is an old-fashioned family picnic in the heart of paradise. For more information, contact Willie Sabel at [email protected]
Universal Show Queen Pageant | Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave. (O’ahu) | June 2, 6 – 11 p.m.
Established in 1984, Universal Show Queen is Hawaii’s most prestigious female impersonation pageant. As the premier pageant of female impersonation, it is our mission to promote and enhance the art of female illusion and impersonation. In addition, it is our continued goal to showcase to the world the multi-talented community for which we serve and positively promote. universalshowqueenpageant.com
First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch with Maui Pride | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd (Maui) | June 3, 10:30 – 12:00
Join up every first Sunday of the month at Nalu’s in Kihei for Maui Pride’s popular LGBTQ Sunday Brunch. nalusmaui.com
New Wave Friday | South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. (O‘ahu) | June 8, 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
Pan-Pacific Festival | Throughout Honolulu (O’ahu) | June 8-10, various times
The Pan-Pacific Festival is an annual international cultural celebration held in Hawaii during the month of June. The Festival features an eclectic assortment of cultural arts, crafts, and stage performances in a variety of events. Hawaii’s broad international tourism appeal and its multi-ethnic resident population make it the perfect location to cultivate intercultural friendships, goodwill, and understanding. pan-pacific-festival.com
LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Olowalu Cultural Reserve (Maui) | June 9, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Starting the hike near the Oluwalu Fresh Fruit Stand (near Leoda’s Pie Shop), we’ll walk the road by Petroglyphs, community gardens and continue into Olowalu Valley. This trail is the escape route in 1790 for Chief Kalanikupule when his troops were slaughtered in Iao Valley by the forces of Kamehameha the Great!
For more information and to RSVP, click here.
King Kamehameha Day Celebration & Parade | Vidinha Stadium, Līhuʻe (Kaua’i) | June 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In celebration of King Kamehameha Day, the Hawaiian tradition of pāʻū riding, celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions introduced in the 1820s. Resplendent in the foliage and colors of each island, beautiful women and handsome men make their way along the Parade route. Then join in the fun after the parade at the King Kamehameha Hoʻolauleʻa on the lawn of the Historic County Building for hula, live Hawaiian entertainment, food booths, craft vendors, and more!
For more information, click here.
Maui Film Festival | Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Wailea Beach (Maui) | June 13 – June 17, various times
The Maui Film Festival is a film festival held annually on the island of Maui, Hawaii. One of a kind, under-the-stars, lit by the moon and powered by the sun open air venues. With nightly festivities: film premieres, A-list tributes, hula, and live music. mauifilmfestival.com
Sunset Pilates O Ka La | The Penthouse Lanai at The Surfjack Hotel (O’ahu) | June 21, 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.
Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | June 24, 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
Celebration of 3 Years of Marriage Equality | Dave & Buster’s, 1030 Auahi St. (O’ahu) | June 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States brought Marriage Equality to America. Join us as we celebrate 3 years of Marriage Equality being the law of the land and the LGBT Caucus’ 17 years of community service and our community’s many accomplishments over the years. The LGBT Caucus will be using a portion of the money raised to sponsor “X-Mas in July 2.0” for YO (Youth Outreach).
To learn more, click here.
ARS Live Music with Nick Kurosawa | ARS Cafe, 3116 Monsarrat Ave (O’ahu) | June 28, 6 – 9 p.m.
Once a month, ARS Cafe hosts live music featuring local musicians from a variety of genres, creating intimate music shows for the community. This month, O‘ahu-born soul singer Nick Kurosawa joins. Nick has performed globally in Tokyo and LA in debut of his newly released EP Home. ars-cafe.com
The Contingency proudly presents: KINGS, QUEENS & INBTWNS | The Manifest, 32 N. Hotel st., (O’ahu) | June 28, 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
Mango Jam Honolulu | Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds, 650 S. King St (O’ahu) | June 29, 4:30 – 9 p.m. and June 30, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Celebrate the Island’s most beloved fruit: Mango. The Mango Jam Honolulu is a two-day event featuring mango-inspired dishes and beverages from local vendors. There’ll be live entertainment and a farmers’ market. Honolulu Woodturners members will demonstrate their skills by using mango wood for various projects. mangojamhonolulu.com
MODERN Mai Tai Pool Party | MODERN Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd (O’ahu) | June 30, 12 – 5 p.m.
For International Mai Tai Day, bartenders will be mixing the signature Mai Tais as well as new takes on the classic tiki cocktail. Hang by the Sunset Pool, enjoy delicious food specials, listen to live music, dance to the DJ, or just drink in the scene. modernhonolulu.com
SUMMER AT THE SWIMCLUB: VOLUME IV | The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, 412 Lewers Street (O’ahu) | June 30, 12 – 4 p.m.
Join poolside for this year’s first installment of the summer pool party series that will feature an experience of art, music, poolside craft cocktails, and more. With a pool party lineup unlike any other, summer enthusiasts can cannonball into the season with the latest adventurers, culturists, and epicureans. surjack.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