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.
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
Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom & Scarlet Honolulu (Oʻahu) | Every Tuesday of the month except the second at Ala Wai Golf Course, 6:30–9:15 p.m.; every second Tuesday of the month at Scarlet, 6:30–9:15 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
George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key Show Masters of Hawaiian Music | Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Aloha Pavilion, Lahaina (Maui) | Every Wednesday, 7:30–9:45 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Hawai‘i’s slack key guitars and ‘ukulele played by the biggest names in Hawaiian music. This concert series features a guest artist each week and is hosted by slack key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr. slackkeyshow.com
Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concerts | Kapaʻa, Hanalei, and Princeville locations (Kaua‘i) | Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday The longest running concert of its kind, the McMasters’ slack-key guitar and ‘ukulele concerts feature artists Doug and Sandy McMaster, who create a soothing musical ambience with a backdrop of the picturesque north shore of Kaua‘i. mcmasterslackkey.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
Free Fireworks | Waikiki (Oʻahu) | Every Friday of the month, 7:45 p.m. Every week, Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts a free fireworks show. Watch with a drink in hand from their pool bar, or await the show with a sit on the beach.
Aloha Friday on the Porch | Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawai‘i Island) | Every Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Join Hawaiian practitioners on the porch of the Volcano Art Center, as they share stories or lead hands-on workshops on how to make lei or gourd instruments, or demonstrate lauhala weaving, kapa beating, or ukulele playing. volcanoartcenter.org
Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | March 6, 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
Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival | Hilton Waikoloa Monarchy Ballroom, Waikoloa Beach Drive (Hawai’i Island) | March 8–11 This three-day festival inspires, educates, and strengthens the living cultural traditions of Hawaiʻi through hula competition, exhibits, workshops, concerts, and other events. Purchase tickets at mokif.com
Honolulu Biennial 2017 | Various sites within Honolulu (O’ahu) | March 8–May 8 The Honolulu Biennial 2017 is Hawaiʻi’s first ever involvement with the international biennial circuit. Focusing on art from the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas, 33 artists will present significant artworks that create a discussion on topics such as society, culture and the environment. Purchase tickets at honolulubiennial.org
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
Art Night In Lāhainā Town | Throughout Lāhainā (Maui) | Every second Friday night, 7–10 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. mauifridays.com/lahaina
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
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
LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | 13 Crossings (Maui) | March 11, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Meet up with hikers, then carpool to the starting point of a hike that along the Makamakaole Stream on the slopes of West Maui. This hike is nicknamed “13 Crossings,” representing the number of times needed to cross the stream before arriving at the waterfall. RSVP online at mauipride.org
“Artists of Hawaiʻi” | Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (Oʻahu) | February 9–May 28, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Since 1950, the Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition has showcased the talents of the islands’ contemporary artists. This year’s exhibition format pushes artists to take their art to new levels through creating large installations. honolulumuseum.org
“Evita” at Diamond Head Theatre | 520 Makapuu Ave. (Oʻahu) | March 24–April 16, 7:30–9:30 p.m. “Based on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, this musical follows Eva’s early life, rise to power, and charity work. This powerful musical is more than just a Cinderella story. It incorporates themes of ambition, politics, class and an overwhelming need for acceptance and love.” Diamondheadtheatre.com
Honolulu Pride Community Meeting | Waikiki Community Center Auditorium (Oʻahu) | March 25, 4–6 p.m. Want to be more involved with Honolulu’s Pride Festival? Join the community for their second planning meeting for the 2017 Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival. More info here.
Cheers and Beers Pride Night | Maui Brewing Company (Maui) | March 26, 3–8 p.m. Enjoy live music and ice-cold beers with friends! Special Maui Pride T-Shirts are available to support the Friends of Children’s Mental Health and help Maui’s LGBTQ Youth. Mauipride.org