What to Do in Hawaii in July

Lei Culture Events Hawaii April

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 these events.


Yoga | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Wednesdays and Sundays, 9–10 a.m. | $10
Bring clothes to move in and get ready to stretch your body and limits with David Sanders and Yoga Teacher Friends at O‘ahu’s most beloved gay bar in Waikiki. But don’t worry, classes are conducted at your pace.

Chitty Bang | The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., upstairs (O‘ahu) | Every first Thursday, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
This monthly alternative event brings in crowds, emceed by RoxyOTM with DJs SuperCW, Ace, Betty, and Tittahbite.

Open Mic Mondays | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Mondays, 6–9 p.m.
Grab the mic and let your inner vocalist shine at Waikiki’s longstanding gay bar. Come alone or with friends – all performers receive a free drink either way.

Scarlet Fever Drag Revue | Scarlet Honolulu, 80 S. Pauahi St. (O‘ahu) | Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Keep the party going all night at Scarlet Honolulu, one of the island’s craziest dance clubs. LGBTQ or not, all are welcome to check out Scarlet’s weekly drag show.

Taco Tuesdays | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Tuesdays, 3:30–9:30 p.m.
Spice up your Tuesdays with a little Latin flare at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand. Enjoy $5 margaritas, $2 tacos and live music from 6-9 p.m.

Art Night In Lahaina Town | Throughout Lahaina (Maui) | Every second Friday night, 5:30 -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.

Bear Fridays at Bacchus | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (O‘ahu) | Every Friday evening
Meet and play with other bears and LGBTQIA community at Bacchus on Friday nights. A perfect way to wind down after a busy week at work, or to kick off a weekend to remember in Waikiki.

Hula’s Catamaran | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Saturdays, 3–4:30 p.m.
Set sail on Hula’s wild, weekly Catamaran voyage and catch a scenic glimpse of Waikiki from the waves. Tickets can be bought the day of sail from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Kanikapila Jam Sessions | 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano (Hawai‘i Island) | Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. | $5 donation suggested
Bring your own instrument to this informal, “garage style” jam session held weekly at the Volcano Art Center’s Great Room.

Kripalu Yoga with Jo Caron | 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano (Hawai‘i Island) | Wednesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. | $5
Whether you’re a longtime practitioner or just a yoga beginner, yoga classes with certified Kripalu-style yoga instructor Jo Caron offer an opportunity for rejuvenation, relaxation, and mindfulness.

Plastic Fantastic? | Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr. (O‘ahu) | Through October
This spring exhibition at Spalding House, the second location of Honolulu Museum of Art, which is set on an enchanting campus in Makiki Heights, focuses on plastic—its history, its discovery, and how it is used for everything from water bottles to works of art. The exhibition also explores the material’s effect on the environment and cultures worldwide.

27th Annual Turtle Independence Day At Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows | Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows | (Hawaiʻi Island) | July 4, morning
Celebrate the Fourth of July by joining in the ceremonial release of endangered juvenile honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.

Ala Moana Fireworks | Ala Moana Center & Beach, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (O‘ahu)
| July 4, 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 4th of July with one of the largest fireworks show in Hawai‘i. The fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m. but arrive early, since parking fills up fast.

Additional 4th of July Independence Day Fireworks  Shows | July 4 | Kailua (O‘ahu), 8 p.m.; Lahaina (Maui), 8 p.m.; Hilo Bayfront (Hawai‘i Island), 8 p.m.; Lihue, Vidinha Soccer Field (Kauaʻi), 4 – 9:30pm
These neighborhoods shoot off their own fireworks to mark Independence Day. Settle in early for the evening event.

First Sunday LGBTQ Brunch | Nalu South Shore Grill, Kihei (Maui) | Sunday, July 3, 10:30 a.m.–noon
For this monthly event, gather with the Maui LGBT community for a tasty brunch at Nalu’s South Shore Grill.
Maui LGBTQ Brunch Facebook

LGBTQ+ Movie Night | LGBT Center-Waikiki, 310 Paoakalani Ave., Ste. 206E | Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m.
Join for fun movies, free pizza, and great conversation. A Project of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation.

Hawaii Island Pride | Mo’oheau Bandstand Park Hilo | Saturday, July 9, parade at noon, festival 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the fourth annual Hawaiʻi Island Pride Parade and Festival with a parade through Downtown Hilo and the festival to follow at the Mo’oheau Bandstand and Park. A Project of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation.

Maui GLBT & Friends Hiking Group | Poli Poli Forest Trails (Maui) | July 9, 8:30 a.m
Get a workout with good company on a 4.9-mile hike through mountain forest terrain along a trail that takes hikers up 900 feet in elevation. Pass Redwood trees, the old ranger’s cabin, and a variety of fruit trees along this trail full of diverse vegetation.

Girl, Boi, Grrl: Party Like an Animal | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Saturday July 9, 10 p.m.
Attention burlesque lovers and party animals! It’s time to party for a cause. Hula’s is raising funds to support our LGBT community in Orlando. Get ready to get hit with a hot mess of glitter, gloves and fierceness with a variety show combining some of the best of Hawaiʻi’s drag, dance, and burlesque performances. Hosted by Rhonda Corner and featuring dance by The Aphrodisiacs, burlesque performances by Lola Love,Miss Catwings, Bijoux Bordell, Foxy Knoxx and students of the Academy of Tease.

Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand’s 42nd Anniversary | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave. (O‘ahu) | Thursday July 14, 6 p.m.
Celebrate Legendary Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand’s 42nd Anniversary of Serving Hawaii, the World and The LGBT Community with a smashing affair featuring Willie K and other top local artists, tasty eats, and drinks!

8th Annual Mangoes at The Moana | Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave. (Oʻahu) | July 16
Celebrate all things mango with a mango judging contest, a farmers market, and even a mango-themed culinary showdown featuring well-known Honolulu chefs.

8th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival | Moanalua Gardens (O‘ahu) | July 16-17, 8 p.m.
Experience a full day of hula halau showcases in the beautiful Moanalua Gardens. Be immersed in Native Hawaiian culture with crafts, kapa making, lauhala weaving, lomilomi massage, and traditional games.

The 46th Annual Ukulele Festival | Kapiolani Park Bandstand, 3840 Paki Ave. (Oʻahu) | July 17, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Watch a two-hour concert that showcases the world’s finest ʻukulele players, along with Hawaiʻi’s top entertainers, and much more.

Rainbow Dine-Out | Nalu’s South Shore Grill (Maui) | Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m.
Join the Maui Pride community for their monthly dinner out. A fun, social and delicious way to interact with Maui’s LGBT community.

Mayjah Rayjah Music Festival | Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way
Kahului (Maui) | July 29 & July 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This annual island concert marks its seventh year with yet another all-star lineup including J Boog, Iration, Matisyahu, Hawaiʻi favorite Rebel SoulJahz, and more.

Hawaiʻi Poke Festival | Sangha Hall, 398 Kilauea Ave., Hilo (Hawaiʻi Island) | July 24, 1-3p.m.
This sampling event featuring the best poke chefs from around the Big Island and state of Hawaiʻi, the with dozens of unique variations on fresh poke straight from ocean to table.

10th Anniversary Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge | Hanalei (Maui) | Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Enjoy amazing Hawaiʻi views, waters, and athletes. This event features races for keiki and adults.