Gay Kauai: Introduction

Published Date Author: , November 8th, 2014

Allerton Gardens, Kauai

Kauai Aerial ViewWe returned to the Island of Kauai last month for the first time since 2008. We lived in Princeville for a year from 2000-2001, and returned again for a visit in 2006.

Some things have changed. There are some new houses and condos, for instance. Most of the restaurants we knew and loved are gone. The small but beautiful garden with a water feature and bridge was ripped out of the Safeway center in Waipouli in favor of a few more parking spots.

The island now has four or five Starbucks, a Costco, and a Home Depot, and a second Safeway is on the way. And Sears is gone, replaced by Ross.

But other than that, surprisingly it was much like we remembered it, still beautiful and lush and open.

Kauai - AerialThere’s just something special about Kauai, something that reaches out to everyone who visits here, gay or straight. It’s a feeling of peace, of contentment, and a recognition of the stunning beauty this most natural and tropical of the Hawaiian Islands offers.

While there are no gay bars on Kauai, there are many gay and lesbian folks who have moved here from the mainland, and a fair number of the local hula dancers are gay. Our friend Joe, who runs the gay-owned Mahina Kai B&B, is now the President of Lambda Aloha, and they host an annual Pride Picnic, Halloween Party, and dance. More on Mahina Kai later.

Kauai - Waimea RiverWe flew in on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon from Oahu into one of our favorite airports. Lihue’s airport is small, open, and immediately welcomes you to the island with its fresh ocean breezes. Fair warning – LIH has no wifi – paid or otherwise, and very few electric outlets. For that matter, Honolulu’s airport is also short on outlets with no charging stations, and wifi there is $8.85 for two hours. Not very business friendly.

The car rental pick-up used to be right outside the baggage claim area, but it’s now down the street – not a big deal, but you do now have to take a shuttle to reach the rental counters.

This time, we were here for several different reasons. To see our beloved Kauai again, to share the island with you, and to help our Italian friends Fabrizio and Marco get married.

Over the next week, we will share The Garden Island with you.

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None Butch said on November 10, 2014, 10:24 am:

We just returned from our wedding on Kauai. We were with family so didn’t have much chance to explore the gay side of Kauai but still, what an incredible place.

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