What To Do in Hawai’i in December

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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) | December 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.

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, 6:30–9:00 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.
Grab your captain hat and set sail with Hula’s Famous Gay Catamaran Cruise through the waters of Waikiki.
hulas.com, buy tickets here

First Friday Chinatown Gallery Walk | Chinatown (O‘ahu) | December 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.

A Pinch of SALT | SALT at Our Kaka’ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd. (O’ahu) | December 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shop local at A Pinch of SALT for its annual holiday shopping event that features a variety of local merchants and unique gift ideas. This family- and pet-friendly event will feature local artisans, crafters and designers at dozens of pop up locations throughout SALT at Our Kaka’ako.

Trivia Night | Bacchus Waikiki, 408 Lewers St. (Oʻahu) | December 4, 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.

Maui Pride Holiday Toy Drive Dine-Out Event | Seascape Restaurant, 192 Maalaea Rd. (Maui) | December 5, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community of Maui this holiday season. There is no cost to register but we ask that you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to any age child. This year, we’re working with Maui United Way and their 39 partner agencies to ensure every child in need has a present for the holidays.

New Wave Friday | South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. (O’ahu) | December 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.

FREE Moonlit Movie | Sugar Beach Events, 85 North Kihei Road (Maui) | December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a fun movie under the stars for free! Bring your family and friends to watch featured movie “Elf” and relax on the expansive oceanfront lawn while enjoying the festivities under the stars. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m. You will need a free pass at the door.
gohawaii.com or click here for your free pass.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Paw-ty | Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery, 2961C East Manoa Rd. (O‘ahu) | December 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery for its 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Paw-ty! Who will take home the trophy this year for the ugliest doggie sweater or bandana? Costume Contest for Ugliest Sweater at 1 p.m. Other treats, games and fun for humans and dogs, but ugly sweaters, bandanas, and other ugly Christmas accessories are mandatory to paw-ticipate!

LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge Hike (Maui) | December 9, 8:30 a.m.
This is a beautiful unspoiled coastal trail, with interesting archaeological features. It covers about three miles and will take about three hours. We may see whales, turtles, seals, Hawaiian birds and native plants. It’s an easy and scenic hike, but there is no shade so bring a hat, sunscreen, and water, as well as a snack.
Fro more information, click here.

Honolulu Marathon 2017 | Ala Moana Boulevard (O’ahu) | December 10, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Honolulu Marathon is unique in that there is no limit on the number of participants and there’s no cut-off time, so the race attracts both fast runners as well as walkers.The course is the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles, or 42.195 kilometers, while including spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters.
For more details and to enter, visit honolulumarathon.org.

Kokua Kailua Sunday in Historic Kailua Village | Ali’i Drive in Kailua Village (Hawai’i Island) | December 10, 1 – 6 p.m.
Celebrating its 8th year, Kokua Kailua stretches out from Kailua Pier through Historic Kailua Village to Hualalai Road. With over 100 vendor booths showcasing the work of local artisans and crafters, musicians, and friendly merchants. At 5 p.m., Hulihee Palace hosts its free Hawaiian entertainment on the seaside lawn honoring Hawaii’s royalty.

4th Annual Lighted Boat Parade | Kailua Pier (O‘ahu) | December 10, 6 – 7:00 p.m.
The holiday fun continues with the Lighted Boat Parade following the Kalani Pe‘a concert. Kona’s fleet will put on a jovial show in Kailua Bay. Body Glove will be docked at Kailua Pier for great viewing with food and beverages available for purchase.

FLUX Sound Featuring Thundercat | The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. (O’ahu) | December 13 and 14, doors open at 6 p.m.
FLUX Sound Brought to you by The Modern Honolulu is a two-day talk story and concert experience, taking place at The Modern Honolulu.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sound.fluxhawaii.com

FLUX Sound - Thundercat

Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker 2017 | Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward ave. (O‘ahu) | December 15-17, various times
Audiences can enjoy all of the traditional holiday dance performances with historical characterizations of Washington Place resident Mary Dominis and Hawai‘i’s beloved Queen Lili’uokalani. The ballet still follows the imaginary adventures of a young girl and her nutcracker prince as they battle classic villains and thrill to fantastic experiences across a magical kingdom, but surprises abound with the inclusion of cultural influences present in 1858 Hawai‘i.
ballethawaii.org or visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.

Santa 5k Fun Run | Ewa Beach (O‘ahu) | December 16, 8 – 11 a.m.
This scenic 5k non-timed run is a holiday experience like none other. After the run, runners are invited to stick around and check out the holiday shopping extravaganza and take family photos with Santa.

Make-A-Wish 4th Annual Jingle Rock Run | Hawai‘i State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St. (O‘ahu) | December 17, 3 – 9 p.m.
Come see the Honolulu City Lights through this family-friendly festive holiday walk. Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, and pets (especially reindeer!) invited. This signature holiday event features a keiki sprint for the young revelers ages 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i. Festive attire is highly encouraged for participants of all ages.

13th Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run | Coconut Grove Marketplace – Alii Drive (Big Island) | December 18, 7:30 a.m.
This event encourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds. Great fun for everyone and family oriented – a perfect addition to your holiday celebrations!

Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu “Glitter and Be Gay” Winter Concert | Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. (O‘ahu) | December 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The holiday season will shimmer and sparkle with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu in their 2017 Christmas program “Glitter and Be Gay”. You can count on a carefree festive time with seasonal tunes. Take a little break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and be there—with your jingle bells on!

Cheers and Beers Pride Night with Maui Pride | Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Pkwy. (Maui) | December 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.

New Year’s Eve Party | Little Beach, Makena Rd. (Maui) | December 31
Head to Little Beach with your favorite big inflatable toy! Look for our group by the large rainbow flag. Anyone who brings an inflatable toy is eligible to win fabulous prizes in one of our beach toy competitions!

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.