Honolulu Pride: LGBTQIA+ Events in September 2023

Check out the annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, tour the Foster Botanical Garden and learn more about protections for LGBTQ+ elders.


Three Friends In A Cab (2021) by Salman Toor

Photo: Salman Toor (American, b. 1983), Three Friends in a Cab, 2021, Oil on panel. © Salman Toor
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York, credit Farzad Owrang


Honolulu Museum of Art — “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 Oct. 8.


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



Words Unbound: Challenging the New Censorship

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 3–4:30 p.m.

The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution is hosting a moderated, Zoom-based discussion amongst artists, authors, educators, librarians and fellow advocates. Topics include censorship in education and the fight for diversity and tolerance.



Free, online Zoom meeting, peaceinstitute.manoa.hawaii.edu



Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival


Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Friday, Sept. 8, to Monday, Sept. 18 (see schedule for specific movie times)

The venerated, long-running film festival returns for its 34th year. See five queer films at the Honolulu Museum of Art over the course of the Sept. 8–10 weekend, then check out a free online showcase of queer shorts between Sept. 11–18.



Free–$50, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., hglcf.org, @hrfilmfest


SEE ALSO: Honolulu’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival Returns


Aloha Bears Booze Cruise

Photo: Courtesy of The Aloha Bears


Aloha Bears Booze Cruise

Sunday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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



$45, Tapa’s Waikīkī, 407 Seaside Ave., thealohabears.org, @thealohabears



Queerify: Queer Stories, Queer Pride

Monday, Sept. 11, to Thursday, Nov. 2 (see schedule for specific webinar dates and times)

The University of Hawai‘i’s Commission on LGBTQ+ Equality continues its webinar series on queer stories, histories and people. Sign up for webinars on numerous topics such as drag performance in Hawai‘i, the history of the “māhū” term and identity and the Filipinx queer experience.


Free, online Zoom meetings, queerifyhi.wixsite.com



Kūpuna Rainbow Town Hall

Saturday, Sept. 16, 1–5 p.m.

The Hawai‘i LGBT Legacy Foundation is hosting its regular town hall with presentations, conversation and afternoon tea. Topics include the Hawai‘i LGBT Legacy Foundation’s Kūpuna Project, the 2023 Honolulu Pride Festival, post-COVID pandemic changes to MedQuest/Medicaid and upcoming social events.



Free, Ka Waiwai ma Mō‘ili‘ili, 1110 University Ave., hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com, @honolulupride


SEE ALSO: Honolulu Pride 2023: Celebrating MVPFAFF/LGBTQIA+ Excellence


O‘ahu Hawai‘i Queer Hiking Group — Foster Botanical Garden Walkabout and Picnic

Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join the O‘ahu Hawai‘i Queer Hiking Group for a walk around and picnic in the beautiful 14-acre Foster Botanical Garden. Enjoy the collection of tropical plants, towering trees, and flowering gardens as you connect with the community. Dogs are not allowed.


Free for children under 5, $1 for children 6-12, $3 for Hawai‘i residents, $5 general admission, Foster Botanical Garden, 50 N. Vineyard Blvd., linktr.ee/oahuqueerhiking, @oahuqueerhiking



Long-Term Services & Support: LGBTQ+ Equity

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8–9 a.m.

Join SAGE, a national advocacy group for LGBTQ+ elders, for a webinar on advocacy and elder justice in long-term care. Topics include equity within senior housing communities, abuse and neglect awareness and consumer fraud protections.



Free, online Zoom meeting, sageusa.org, @sageusa



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