Hawaii’s welcoming spirit and warm hospitality make it a great destination for LGBTQ travelers to visit any time of year. Whether you’re celebrating Hawaii pride or planning a gay-friendly vacation, each Hawaiian island offers unique experiences for every traveler.
In the heart of Waikiki, dozens of rainbow banners adorn Kalakaua Avenue for two weeks leading up to the Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival. Hawaii’s largest and most colorful celebration takes place on Saturday, October 19th, although many social and cultural events also happen in June, including educational exhibits, pool parties, drag shows and more.
Can’t make it to Honolulu Pride? Oahu offers a perfect blend of city and island experiences, from stand-up paddling by day to fine dining at night. Honolulu is also where you’ll find the island’s bustling nightlife and LGBTQ scene. While you’re here, you’ll definitely want to check out Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, a legend among the gay set everywhere. This casual beach bar features drag shows, male dancers and the happiest happy hour. Make your way to Wang Chung’s, an all-crowds-welcomed karaoke bar for a lively evening of cocktails and singing. Lookout for seasonal LGBTQ-friendly events, including the Splash Pool Party at Wet ‘n’ Wild in July and the annual Rainbow Film Festival in August.
Gay offerings are not as plentiful as Oahu, however Maui’s breathe of beauty and luxurious resorts make it a picture-perfect setting for romance seekers. Commanding a spectacular stretch on Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea is a paradise oasis. Where you won’t have to venture too far to find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and activities. Soak up the sun in the resort’s adults-only pool or chill out at the swim-up bar. Ride a wave on an outrigger canoe or go on a snorkeling adventure. For a little respite from the Hawaiian sun, book a relaxing treatment for two at Spa Grande. The possibilities are endless.
Big Island Adventure
If you’re drawn to Hawaii’s awe-inspiring wonders, then look no further than the Big Island. Home to an active volcano, lush valleys, rugged lava terrain and white, green, and black-sand beaches, the Big Island is the ideal place for exploration and adventure. Many land and sea excursions can be done on your own, but a guided tour is an enriching way to experience this incredible destination. Whether you’re traveling with your partner, a small group of friends or as a family, KapohoKine Adventures offers a wide variety of activities for all ages and will pick-up guests staying in Waikoloa or Hilo.
Less populated than the other four main islands, Kauai is a great destination for travelers that want to simply relax and escape the crowds. Since 90% of the island is inaccessible by car, hiking is one of the best ways to explore Hawaii’s stunning scenery and lush landscapes. At Kokee State Park, explore more than 45 miles of hiking trails to discover incredible views of Waimea Canyon and sweeping views of the verdant valleys. For safety and fun, you should never hike alone. You can learn more about the State of Hawaii Trail and Access Program – Na Ala Hele.