🌈 Pride Luau, house night, and World Ocean Day!

Happy Pride! Big Island Beat is an LGBTQ+ and gender AFFIRMING space.

Happy PRIDE Month! 🏳️‍🌈

Pride Month is celebrated annually in June & commemorates the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 — a time when being publicly gay was illegal and there were literally laws about what clothing was gender-appropriate to wear.

Police raided a gay bar in New York City, and its patrons fought back.

LGBTQ+ rights activism and police raiding gay bars existed prior to 1969 — but it was the organization that happened after Stonewall that prompted a global movement.

It’s history like this that shows how young a culture shift is AND how there’s room for us to create inclusive spaces that make life easier for our neighbors & ourselves.

This week, you can attend a Pride Lūʻau at Hilo Yacht Club, swing out at Paradise Plants in Hilo, or dance to afro fusion or house music around the island.

And before we get started, FYI:

Looking for something to do this week? Here’s what’s happening on the Big Island. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but a few ideas of events happening on Hawaiʻi Island.

Spotlight Event

  • Sat June 10: Hilo Pride Lūʻau, 5-9:30pm at Hilo Yacht Club. Hosted by Kumukahi Health + Wellness. Tix are $100 and include a pupus, a Hawaiian food buffet, dessert, and entertainment. Get your tix now!


  • Thurs June 8: Volcano Thursday Market, 3-6pm at Cooper Center in Volcano every Thursday.
  • Fri-Sun June 9-11: Hawai’i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival. King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort.
    • June 9: Opening Celebration & Hula Hō’ike. Tix are $10 for ages 13+, $5 for keiki ages 5-12, and free for keiki under 4.
    • June 10: Le Kua Ailao Fireknife Competition. Tix are $35 for ages 13+, $20 for keiki ages 5-12, and free for keiki under 4.
    • June 11: Taste of Pacific & Asia. Tix are $85 general or $120 VIP.
  • Fri June 9: Hilo Town Market, 5-9pm in Downtown Hilo.
  • Fri June 9: Food Truck Friday Kailua-Kona, 4-8pm at Target parking lot in Kona.
  • Sat June 10: World Ocean Day, 10-2pm at Hilo Museum Square.
  • Sat June 10: King Kamehameha Day Ho’olaule’a, 11-3pm at Huliheʻe Palace in Historic Kailua Village. The festival is free, and admission into the Palace Museum is $5 for kama‘āina, $3 youth (5-12yrs), $1 children (4 * under), or $8 general.
  • Sat June 10: Pāhoa Second Saturdays, 3-11pm at Pāhoaʻs Main Street.
  • Sat June 10: Bonsai Exhibit, 9-3pm at Hilo Public Library. Catch the demonstrations “Styling Bonsai” and “How to Repot Bonsai” at 10am, and then admire bonsai trees on display before or after!
  • Sun Jun 11: Garage Sale, 10-2pm at Honokaʻa Hongwanji.
  • Sun June 11: Liv-a-Little Drag Bingo, 4pm at My Bar in Kailua-Kona. $10 show & $5 for each additional board.



  • Thurs June 8: Hot Potaytahs, 7pm at Palace Theater in Hilo.
  • Fri June 9: Disco Fever, 9-1am at My Bar in Kailua-Kona.
  • Fri June 9: FANYE Afro Fusion Band, 6:30-9:30pm at Honokaʻa People’s Theatre.
  • Fri June 9: Makana, 7pm at Hilo Palace Theater. General tix are $40.
  • Sat June 10: Afro Fusion Dance Night with DJ Ntu, 7-10pm at Around the Kava Bowl in Captain Cook.
  • Sat June 10: Greg Shirleyʻs Big Swing, 7-10pm at Paradise Plants Warehouse in Hilo. $20 entrance.
  • Sat June 10: Whatever, Heather, 6:30-9:30pm at Blue Dragon Tavern in Kawaihae.
  • Sat June 10: Punk Night, 7-10:30pm at Gertrudeʻs Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona. Tix are $10 at the door.
  • Sat June 10: House Night, 9pm at My Bar in Kailua-Kona. 21+ event.
  • Sun June 11: Cas Haley w/ Paul Izak, 7pm at Naniloa Crown Room in Hilo. General admission (18+) tix are $20.
  • Sun June 11: HSF Songwriter Showcase, 7:30pm at Blue Dragon Tavern in Kawaihae.
  • Mon June 12: Monday Night Jazz Jam, 6-9pm at Kukuau Studio in Hilo.

Volunteer Alert

  • This Sat, June 11 clean up Pine Trees Beach at 9-Noon with Exploring Within & CLEAN Rewards! Exploring Within headsets will be provided so you can clean the planet, listen to music, and explore within.

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P.S. Looking for a date idea? There’s a Dirty Date Clay Night being hosted in Honokaʻa on July 1! $50 per person covers an evening of pupus, vino and clay. There are limited spots so sign up soon!