What to do in Hawaii in May

Lei Hawaii events

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.

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) | Throughout May
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.

American Array | Honolulu Museum of Art (O‘ahu) | Throughout May
Postwar and Contemporary modern art is highlighted in this interesting and thought-provoking exhibit which includes the works of Alice Neel, Tom Wesselmann and many more.

First Sunday LGBT Brunch | Nalu South Shore Grill, Kihei (Maui) | Sunday, May 1, 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. This time, the group celebrates the life of Prince.
Maui LGBT Brunch Facebook

World Fireknife Championships & We Are Samoa Cultural Arts | Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy. (O‘ahu) | May 12–14
The world’s most talented fireknife dancers will compete throughout three nights of heated competition, after which students from across the island will showcase their skills in traditional Samoan practices.

Maui Pride LGBT & Friends Hiking Group | Waiheʻe Ridge Trail (Maui) | Saturday May 14, 8:30 a.m.
Tackle scenic Waiheʻe Ridge Trail with other LGBT hikers in this community-organized event.

8th Annual Maui Brewer’s Festival | Maui Arts and Cultural Center, One Cameron Way (Maui) | May 14, 3:30–7 p.m.
At this boozy annual fundraising event for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, taste beers from 40 local and national craft breweries, dine on island-style pupu from 26 local restaurants, and enjoy live music.

Rainbow Dine-Out | Maui Thai Bistro (Maui) | Tuesday, May 17, 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.

Banana Poka Roundup | Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, Kokeʻe State Park (Kaua‘i) | May 24, 8 a.m–4 p.m.
Equal parts a crafts fair and ecological tour, this family-friendly event offers visitors the chance to weed out the invasive Banana Poka plant from Kokeʻe state park, and then turn it into a variety of beautiful crafts. Festivities include live music, basket weaving, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Pedal to the Meadow | Koke‘e Road to Koke‘e State Park (Kaua‘i) | May 28, 8 a.m.
For this challenging bicycle hill climb race, pedal along the rim of Waimea Canyon to reach the wetlands of Koke‘e State Park, where refreshments, entertainment, and activities await.

Lantern Floating Hawai‘i | Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. (O‘ahu) | May 30
Take part in one of the most famous Memorial Day ceremonies in Hawaiʻi, when visitors and locals alike release candlelit lanterns in honor of loved ones who have passed.