What To Do in Hawai’i in October

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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.

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.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | October 2, 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.

Blazing Saddles Hawaii | Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom & Scarlet Honolulu (Oʻahu) | Every Wednesday at Ala Wai Golf Course, 6:30–9:15 p.m.; every second Tuesday at Scarlet, 6:30–9 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.

Kona Nui Nights at Ward Village | Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd (O’ahu) | Every third Wednesday, 6–8 p.m.
This monthly event honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. This month will feature Entertainment by Hoku Award winner Karen Keawehawaii and Hula by Kawika Mersberg and Tracie & Keawe Lopes and Ka La Onohi Mai o Ha’eha‘e.
RSVP at wardvillage.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.

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.

Hula’s Catamaran | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | Every Saturday, 2–5 p.m. | $22 per person
Grab your captain hat and set sail with Hula’s Famous Gay Catamaran Cruise through the waters of Waikiki.
hulas.com, buy tickets here

Film Screening: “Equal Means Equal | McCoy Theater at the MACC, One Cameron Way (Maui) | October 6, 5:30–8:30 p.m. | $8 per person (plus applicable fees)
Come out and watch this movie followed by a courtyard social hour featuring the music of Cheryl Rae with special guest, Maui’s own, Kurt David Russell.

Maui Pride Hike | Pali Kaheawa Wind Turbines, Corner of North Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway (HW 30) (Maui) | October 7, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join LGBT & Friends Hiking Group for our special Maui Pride Hike–one of our favorites!

Pride Sunday LGBTQ Brunch | Nalu’s North Shore Grill, 1280 S Kihei Rd. (Maui) | October 8, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Enjoy breakfast at Nalu’s South Shore Grill with other Pride goers as you recuperate from the weekend’s activities. RSVP required.

“No Hate in the 808” National Coming Out Day Celebration | University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center, 2500 Campus Rd. (Oʻahu) | October 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Celebrate all the aspects of the LGBT community with the fun and featured activity booths, music, an annual t-shirt giveaway, and keynote remarks by several community leaders and students.

And Justice For All: LGBT Civil Rights Update for 2017 Honolulu Pride™  | Central Union Church of Honolulu, 1660 S Beretania St. (Oʻahu) | October 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Listen to the perspectives of an all-star panel of law and history experts as they discuss an important legal topic for challenging times during this educational seminar.

Bloomingdale’s Team Pride Party | Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (Oʻahu) | October 14, 5–8 p.m.
This tailgate party-themed party in the men’s sportswear department will have plenty of cocktails, appetizers, team jerseys, cheerleaders, and more as they welcome supporters of Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation for an evening of Pride festivity and shopping.

Hula’s Official Honolulu Pride™ Kick Off Party | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 14, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Celebrate the beginning of Pride Parade Week as you surround yourself with endless Pride party until closing time.

Wang Chung’s Sunday Pride Brunch | Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar, 2424 Koa Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 15, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Start off Pride Parade Week on a good note with Mimosas and brunch specials at this popular lounge bar.

Mimosas & Marys Show | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 15, 2–5 p.m. | $40-$125 per table
Celebrate Sunday Funday with this daytime drag and variety show starring the multitalented, singing drag queen, and comedienne Candi Shell.

Slippah Sunday–Honolulu Pride™ Kick Off Pool Party | Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, 349 Seaside Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 15, 2–6 p.m. | Minimal cover
Kick off an amazing Pride Week in style at this festive pool party with be music by DJ Vaughn and DJ Kuya, gogo dancers, drag performances, and prize giveaways. Enter for a chance to win a grand prize by participating in the “SHOW US YOUR PRIDE” Creative Slippah Contest!

Youth Program: Master Dance Class with Mark Kanemura | UH Manoa Campus Center Ballroom, 2465 Campus Rd. (Oʻahu) | October 16, 6–7:30 p.m.
Join So You Think You Can Dance’s former contestant and dancer Mark Kanemura as he teaches a free dance workshop to LGBTQ+ Youth. All skill levels are welcome.

Rainbow Dine-Out Group | Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food, 1280 S Kihei Rd #124 (Maui) | October 17, 6:30 p.m.
The Rainbow Dine-Out Group is an opportunity for our LGBT ‘ohana and visitors to meet socially & enjoy a delicious meal on the third Tuesday of every month.

Pride Queer Prom | The Manifest, 32 N Hotel St (O’ahu) | October 19, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
For many, prom in high school was an uncomfortable time. The Contingency is recreating this event as a second chance to get it right, to feel comfortable in a safe space and be proud of our QTIPOC identities.
For guest list, click here.

Pride Pub Crawl | Waikiki (O’ahu) | October 19, 8 p.m.–Midnight
Grab some friends and join the Pride Pub Crawl, in celebration of Honolulu Pride! More details to come soon!

La Leche: The Official Honolulu Pride™ White Party | Wisp at the Lotus Hotel, 2885 Kalakaua Ave (Oʻahu) | October 19, 9 p.m.–2 a.m. | Minimal cover
Wear your most fashionable white pieces of clothing as you unwind at this upscale lounge.

Scarlet Party | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S Pauahi St. (Oʻahu) | October 20, 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
Party all night at this night club that celebrates its LGBT community with drag shows, go-go dancers, and tons of fun music.

Honolulu Pride™ Parade | Magic Island/Kalakaua Avenue (Oʻahu) | October 21, 11 a.m.
Growing every year, this year’s parade promises to be the biggest and most colorful ever. It kicks off from Magic Island and travels along Kalākaua Ave., delighting locals and tourists in the heart of Waikīkī.

Honolulu Pride™ Festival | Waikiki Shell Diamond Head Greens, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 21, 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Join over 3,000 other festival goers and enjoy the presence of numerous booths with LGBTQ-friendly businesses, community organizations, craft and food vendors at this year’s festival.

Official Honolulu Pride™ After Party | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 21, 9 p.m.–2 a.m. | Minimal cover
Have fun with other Pride goers at the afterparty hosted by Waikiki’s legendary gay bar.

Hula’s Pride Recovery Cherch | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (Oʻahu) | October 22, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Don’t miss Sunday Skool with Rev. Justin and enjoy the bar and omelette bar with other recovering celebrators the morning after the official Pride parade and party.

Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival | Chinatown (Oʻahu) | October 28, 5 p.m.–2 a.m.
Enjoy this spooktacular celebration throughout Honolulu’s Chinatown Arts District and historic downtown with three stages of music and entertainment, food, craft beer, art, and $1000 costume contest.
For tickets and more info, visit hallowbaloo.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.