Honolulu Pride: LGBTQIA+ Events in August 2023

Attend a Buddhist seminar, set sail on a catamaran and check out open mic night at a local nightclub.


Walking Together 2019

Salman Toor (American, b. 1983)
Walking Together
Oil on panel
Private collection, New York
© Salman Toor
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Photos by Farzad Owrang


“No Ordinary Love” by Salman Toor

Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Experience the work of contemporary painter Salman Toor and his exhibition, “No Ordinary Love.” Toor’s paintings draw upon his life in New York City and Pakistan, and explore Brown and queer lives amidst a changing cultural landscape. The exhibition is open through October 8.


Free for HoMA members + 18 and under, $10 for Hawaiʻi residents, $20 general admission, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., honolulumuseum.org, @honolulumuseum


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The Actors’ Group Presents “Rotterdam”

Thursday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 20, Thursday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

As Alice prepares to tell her parents that she is a lesbian, her partner Fiona announces that she wants to become Adrian, a trans man. Alice’s struggle to reconcile her love for her partner with her own sexual identity forms the heart of this comedic play about sexuality, gender, and love.



$20–$30, The Shops at Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Rd. Ste. 101, taghawaii.net, @tagactors


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Diversity & Acceptance in Buddha’s Vow

Saturday, Aug. 12, 9–11:30 a.m.

Join the Buddhist LGBTQIA+ community for this in-person and Zoom seminar, which reflects upon diversity and acceptance in The Fundamental Vow of Amida Buddha (Hon-gan). The seminar will feature the film “A Profound Silence” produced by Ichi-Mi, an organization of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists that work to provide a safe harbor for LGBTQIA+ individuals seeking to learn Buddhist teachings.



Free, Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave.



Aloha Bears Booze Cruise

Photo: Courtesy of The Aloha Bears


Aloha Bears Booze Cruise

Sunday, Aug. 13, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Aloha Bears set sail for their monthly Sunday outing. Enjoy cocktails at Bacchus Waikīkī, climb aboard a one-hour catamaran cruise with an open bar, then disembark at Tapa’s Waikīkī for lunch and drinks. The cruise and lunch at Tapa’s are included with each ticket, and members of The Aloha Bears can enjoy another drink at Bacchus with each ticket.



$45, Bacchus Waikīkī, 408 Lewers St., thealohabears.org, @thealohabears



Kūpuna Rainbow Town Hall

Saturday, Aug. 19, 1–5 p.m.

The Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation is hosting its regular town hall with presentations, conversation and afternoon tea. Topics include health assistance programs, intergenerational social opportunities and the future of the Foundation.


Free, Ka Waiwai ma Mōʻiliʻili, 1110 University Ave., hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com, @honolulupride


SEE ALSO: The Hawai‘i LGBT Legacy Foundation Takes Bold Steps Forward


Lesbian Night at Atlas Honolulu

Saturday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.

Atlas Honolulu invites all women, transgender, queer and nonbinary, to its monthly Lesbian Night event. Open mic begins at 7 p.m. and the bar and nightclub open at 9 p.m.


$10 for locals and military, $20 general admission, $5 cover charge before 9 p.m., 2012 S. Beretania St., atlashonolulu.com, @atlashonolulu



To find more Honolulu Pride events and support Honolulu’s LGBTQIA+ community, visit the Hawai‘i LGBT Legacy Foundation website and community calendar.