September Events Picks

Don’t know what to do once you’ve stepped off the plane and fully enjoyed the scenery? We’ve got you covered with a diverse list of events all through September.



The Rainbow Dine-Out Group | Makawao Steak House, 3612 Baldwin Ave. (Maui) | Every Tuesday

Meet locals and visitors in the LGBT community over a delicious meal at this monthly dine-out.


Catamaran Cruise | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd floor Waikiki Grand Hotel (O’ahu) | Every Saturday | $20

Check out one of O‘ahu’s gay bar and enjoy an afternoon cruise with Hula’s “wettest, wildest, half naked pride.”


Ambrosia LGBT Night | Ambrosia Martini Lounge, 1913 South Kihei Rd. (Maui) | Every Sunday, 8 p.m.

Finish off the weekend dancing the night away at Kihei’s only LGBT sponsoring night club every Sunday night.


45th Waikiki Roughwater Swim | Starts at Sans Souci Beach and ends at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki (O‘ahu) | September 1, 8:30 a.m. | $70 online, $85 mail-in, $100 cash day of

Join in or watch as swimmers race a 2.384 mile course in Waikiki’s open waters.


Hawaii’s Woodshow | Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery at Linekona, 1111 Victoria St. (O‘ahu) | September 1 to 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admire the craftsmanship of professional, amateur and novice woodworkers who use Hawai‘i-grown woods, learn about Hawai‘i-grown trees, and even shop around in this unique contest.


Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival | Various locations (O‘ahu)  | September 3 to 7 | Prices vary

This week-long festival features more than 80 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, wine and spirit producers, including Hawai‘i chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. Gain access to exclusive dining opportunities and dishes on O‘ahu, Maui and the Big Island.


It’s a Food World After All | Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa and JW Marriot Ihilani Resort an Spa (O‘ahu) | September 7, 6 p.m. | $200, VIP $500

Enjoy an evening under the stars as 15 celebrity chefs take you on a food journey that caps off the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.


HawaiiCon 2014 | Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62 Kauna‘Oa Dr. (Hawai’i Island) | September 12 at 4 p.m. to September 14 at 8 p.m. | Full pass: $199, VIP $575, and Kamaaina rates

Sci-Fi and film-lovers unite for this three-day event featuring scientists, sci-fi writers, actors and actresses, comic book artists, meet-and-greets and more.


‘Hawaii Five-0’ Season Premiere | Waikiki Beach (O‘ahu) | September 13, 6 p.m. | Free

Bring a towel or lawn chair and find a spot on the sand to enjoy the season five premiere of Hawaii Five-0 projected onto the big screen on the beach. The cast and crew make special appearances!


Showdown in Chinatown | Kaka‘ako Agora, 441 Cooke St. (O‘ahu) | September 13, 7 p.m.

Filmmakers compete in a two-week music video challenge, creating films based off of an assigned MP3 from a local artist. The films are released all together on this night.


Pride at Work Pau Hana | Chiko’s Tavern, 930 McCully St. (O‘ahu) | September 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join others in the LGBT community at a gay bar to enjoy pau hana and discuss issues impacting LGBT workers.


5th Annual Signature Chefs Food Festival | Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave. (O‘ahu) | September 19, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. | $150 per person ($63 tax deductible) or $2500 per table of 10 people ($1630 tax deductible)

Join the Honolulu Firefighters Foundation benefit event for a night of delicious foods from some of Honolulu’s best chefs.

Contact Lynn Takahara at (808) 723-7102 or email


2014 Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho‘olaulea | Along Kalakaua Ave. (O‘ahu) | September 20, 7 to 11 p.m.

Experience the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the U.S. featuring multiple stages of Hawai‘i’s music, hula and history. Food vendors, lei vendors and Hawaiian crafters will be spread out throughout the area.


Honolulu Night Market | 449 Cooke St. (O‘ahu) | September 20, 6 to 11 p.m.

Walk the streets of Kaka‘ako for a night of fun and fashion. Enjoy live music and food, while browsing local pop-up shops and admiring art pieces.


ART+FLEA | Ward Village, 1020 Auahi St. (O‘ahu) | September 25, 5 to 10 p.m. | $3 or Free with themed outfit

Spend the night shopping around this monthly themed urban market with over 60 booths of art, fashion, and crafts from local vendors. There will be live entertainment throughout the night, including a contest, and food vendors.


Eat The Street | Streetside Kaka‘ako, 555 South St. (O‘ahu) | September 26, 4 to 9 p.m.

Come on down to Hawaii’s food vendor rally where menus are prepared based off a themed ingredient and there’s always something new to sample.


2014 Aloha Festivals Floral Parade | Kalakaua Ave. to Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park (O‘ahu) | September 27, 9 to 11 a.m.

A colorful equestrian procession will lead the parade, followed by floats adorned with Hawaiian flowers, hula dances and various genres of Hawaiian music.


5th Annual Rice Fest | Ward Centers, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. (O‘ahu) | September 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate one of Hawaii’s staple foods: rice. Enjoy live music throughout the day during dish samplings, cooking demonstrations, eating competitions and more fun activities.