Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Zen Place, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Author: , September 2nd, 2013

Zen Place - HonoluluPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

2-Bdrm, 1-Bth in Paradise on Oahu: Your own tranquil, peaceful, cozy corner of the world right here in paradise, centrally located!

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What to Do on a Four Hour Honolulu Layover

Author: , July 24th, 2013

HonoluluWith Hawaiian Airlines adding to its list of routes, such as the recent launch of its New York to Auckland service, chances are increasing that you might find yourself in Honolulu with some time to kill. Even if you can’t take advantage of the airline’s free stopover policy, you can still make the most of a short layover with our suggestions.

See Waikiki Beach: It is touristy, for sure, but the image of Waikiki Beach backdropped by Diamond Head is such an iconic one that you can’t help but want to see it for yourself.

Upon arrival at Honolulu International, you can take your pick from the many shuttle services offering to take you straight to Waikiki. We recommend reserving in advance to maximize beach time. Companies like Go 808 Express meet passengers off their flights and transport them in private vehicles to Waikiki within around 30 minutes, depending upon Honolulu’s notoriously choked traffic. After taking a stroll along the beach, a paddle in the water and, maybe, a cocktail at one of the hotel bars, your prearranged shuttle can take you back to your airport in time for your connection. Just try not to bring sand on the plane with you.

Authored By Karen gardner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Honolulu Gay Pride Coming in June

Author: , February 27th, 2013

HonoluluWant a low-key alternative to the huge pride celebrations on the Mainland in June? Check out Honolulu Pride, happening on June 1st. Rainbow Tourism reports:

Happening this June 1 on the island of Oahu, Honolulu Pride is truly an event for everyone. With parades, parties and the uniquely Hawaiian luau planned for the celebrations, there will be no place on Earth radiating more pride than these lovely islands. Long known for their openness and sense of community, the Hawaiian islands are a diverse beacon for people of all walks of life – so, nothing should stop you now! Planning your Hawaiian escape is only a click away!

True story – back in 2000, Marka nd I were living on Kauai, and we decided to get a booth for Purple Roofs at Honolulu Pride. Coming from the SF Bay Area, we were used to huge prides – often over a million people.

So I called to find out more, and during the conversation, I asked how many attendees would be there. The representative responded “500.” I thought, ok, 500,000 – not bad – not as big as SF, but not bad.

“No,” they replied gently, “that’s 500 people, total.”

We went, and it was awesome, and I’m guessing it’s bigger now.

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Wild and Wonderful Waikiki

Author: , June 21st, 2012

Waiiki, HawaiiThe only state not located in North America, Hawaii is a bit like the one family member who escaped a small hometown and became famous. What other state’s name is uttered like a sigh of pleasure? Go ahead, try saying “New Jersey” and see if you get that same lilting lift you get when you say “Hawaii.”

Ever since its admission to the United States in 1959, Hawaii has been synonymous with paradise in the American imagination. With 750 miles of coastline, Hawaii is the only true island state, completely surrounded by water (unlike Rhode “Island,” for example).

If you grew up with television, you probably first saw Hawaii on “Hawaii Five-O” – or “The Brady Bunch.” Or maybe you saw the famous onscreen beach clinch in “From Here to Eternity.” Or else you heard Don Ho, the exemplar of breezy island kitsch, singing “Tiny Bubbles.” Elvis Presley loved Hawaii, the locale for his three Hawaiian movies and his massively popular television special, “Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii.” Bette Midler, who plays the ukulele and sang Hawaiian ditties, was born in Hawaii, as was Nicole Kidman – and of course, Barack Obama, who became the first Hawaiian-born President of the United States.

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Secrets of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: , February 16th, 2012

Hidden HawaiiThe choices are countless and the difficulty is not finding a beautiful spot to romance your loved one, it is in the decision of which to choose. The focus here is not on the well-travelled or popular, but more on the secret gems hidden from view.

The Big Island: Hawaii

The island that is continuously growing and continuously changing-volcanic activity add square mileage to this beautiful hunk of rock almost continuously, ever evolving and changing. You can find anything you wish, city life, country life, sand, surf and pretty much any clime you can imagine-11 of the 13 climate zones are represented.

HIDDEN SPOT: Ahalanui Pool – Known locally as “Pele’s Bath” – this is a naturally heated pool that the 1960 Kapoho volcanic eruption created. Secluded, it is heated to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit and is surrounded by palm trees-your own tropical paradise. You can find Ahalanui Pool east of Pahoa on the Big Island’s east side on Highway 137 past the ten-mile marker.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ali’i Bluffs Windward B&B, Oahu, Hawaii

Author: , July 3rd, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Oahu, Hawaii Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Ali'i Bluffs Windward B&B, Kaneohe, Oahu, HawaiiAli’i Bluffs Windward Bed & Breakfast is a luxuriously furnished private home situated on Oahu’s beautiful Windward shore, overlooking majestic Kaneohe Bay.

At our doorstep is all the beauty of the meandering Windward coast with it’s beaches and coves. Despite the peaceful aire and beautiful views, we’re only a thirty minute drive from Waikiki and twenty minutes from the airport.

Hosts, Don and De offer two double bedrooms as B&B accommodations, each with private bath. Just steps from the living room and library, the swimming pool awaits, offering panoramic bay views.

Continental breakfast of fruits, cereals, juices, homemade banana bread, toast and tea or coffee is served in the morning at a time designated by the guest. Afternoon tea is served in the late afternoon, ice and glasses are provided in the library in the evenings.

From here you can tour the windward coast with its beautiful beaches or dash into Waikiki for shopping and nightlife and return again to the peace and comfort of this lovely home. You are graciously invited to experience the comfort and hospitality of our special home.

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Hawaii: A Gay Travel Oasis

Author: , December 8th, 2010

Gay HawaiiHawaiians boast a proud history, a line of mighty monarchs (some of whom openly had aikane or same-sex favorites), and an unshakable belief in the heartwarming concept of aloha, which signifies hello or goodbye but which also connotes love, peace, and compassion (among many other meanings).

The United States illegally overthrew and annexed the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii by the early 1900s. By 1959, Hawaii became our 50th state. Despite the historically tumultuous relationship between the islands and the mainland, Hawaii offers unconditional aloha to residents of the other 49 states, welcoming visitors year-round, according an especially warm special welcome to LGBT travelers who’ll find gay and gay-friendly accommodations, restaurants, attractions and events dotting the eight primary islands of the group.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy Hawaii from the urbane (Honolulu has almost a million inhabitants) with a wide range of lodging options, a restaurant scene finally embracing the farm-to-table movement, and shopping rivaling Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive; to the adventurous and sporty (stand-up paddleboard, anyone?); to the remote, with off-the-grid slices of paradise just begging to be explored.

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Honolulu a Very Gay Friendly Destination

Author: , March 28th, 2010

Racially mixed and socially tolerant, mellow Hawaii has always been a soft spot for gays and lesbians. Honolulu, also affectionately called “Homolulu,” may have a smaller and more low-key gay scene compared to other U.S. cities its size, but what it lacks in heft it makes up for in friendliness.

Compared to other more closeted Asia/Pacific destinations, it’s pretty openly gay. Although Hawaii has taken a somewhat politically conservative bent in recent years, it’s still a live-and-let-live “hang loose”‘ kind of place. Honolulu acted as ground zero for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States, when in 1990 three gay and lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses at Honolulu City Hall – years before liberal Vermont or Massachusetts got in on the act. Gay marriage ultimately did not pass in the Aloha State, but the islands still appear regularly at the top of the list of favorite gay destinations worldwide.

Hawaii’s ancient history is rife with kings who proudly kept gay lovers and cross-dressing “mahu”‘ who can still be frequently spotted in the islands today. In fact, drag queens are so accepted in local society that the glitzy Universal Show Queen pageant every September has been held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

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Hawaii Declining as Gay Travel Destination

Author: , January 25th, 2010

As Hawaii prepares to again deal with the legal rights of same-sex couples, its desirability among gays and lesbians as a travel destination is on the decline. That’s the analysis by researchers of a new marketing study of gay and lesbian tourism trends.

The 14th annual report by Community Marketing Inc. of San Francisco, released Dec. 28, barely mentions Hawaii and makes no mention of Honolulu or Maui. Yet, competing destinations such as New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco are cited repeatedly. Even smaller cities like Seattle, Boston and Denver are proving to be a draw.

“Hawaii has been slipping for a decade,” said David Paisley, senior program manager for Community Marketing. “Last year it was ranked 17th as a leisure destination, but this year you are 18th, tied with New Orleans and Atlanta.”

Full Story from Pacific Business News