Oahu’s Scenic Route – 2TravelDads

Author: , February 27th, 2018

Oahu's Scenic Route

As you know, we get to serve as Chief Travel Guides for Alamo Rent A Car and share our ideas for exploring the Scenic Route. We recently completed a grand tour of the Island of Oahu and came up with the four key ways to experience this incredible island. Here are a few hints about what makes Oahu with kids so much fun, and particularly what makes the Scenic Route around Oahu so unforgettable…

Oahu’s Kid Friendly Beaches

An island full of beach is sure to have lots of great spots to relax, right? Well, yes and no. We’ve made our recommendations for some of Oahu’s kids friendly beaches and what to plan for. Our kids LOVED the beaches of Oahu!

Snorkeling the Scenic Route Around Oahu

Just because there’s a beach doesn’t mean that the snorkeling is going to be amazing. What makes Oahu so great for snorkeling in certain spots are the ancient lava rocks and coral reefs that make for calm, clear waters. Care to know where along the Scenic Route you’ll find some of these great spots?

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Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway – Kailua Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Author: , September 23rd, 2017

Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway - Kailua Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Recipient of the Most Romantic Hideaway Award, two years in a row. One of the best-kept secrets in Hawaii is this beautiful B&B.

30-minutes from Waikiki, Honolulu, airport and the Pearl Harbor Historic district. 2 blocks from the world famous Lanikai beach. Five minutes from Kailua with great restaurants, antique shops, and rentals for kayaks, windsurfing and bikes.

Private units include one suite, and two deluxe studios, all with garden views, and all can interconnect, with your choice of king, queen or twin sleeping arrangements. The suite has

  • a large garden lanai area with a private outdoor Jacuzzi spa
  • a queen bed plus a single sleep sofa.

Each hideaway unit has

  • its own private entrance
  • bathroom
  • dining area
  • lanai deck
  • kitchenette
  • fiber optic cable television
  • a library of activities on the island
  • restaurant menus
  • books on Hawaiiana

We also have beach chairs, mats and toys (snorkel gear, boogie boards and other beach items.) Water sports, not your thrill, we have 7 golf courses within 20 minutes from the B&B. Tennis courts close by and wonderful hikes right by the B&B.

We offer FREE WiFi and FREE off street parking and there are NO Resort Fees. We also have laundry facilities for your use. One of the best features to our location is that you can watch the sunrise on the beach, or even better, the full moon rising over the ocean. We are a legal licensed permitted establishment.

Please accept our invitation to come stay at the Hideaway. Thank you for considering us.

Warmest Aloha

See the Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway B&B – Kailua Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 15th, 2017

Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway B&B - Kailua Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

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

Recipient of the Most Romantic Hideaway Award, two years in a row. One of the best-kept secrets in Hawaii is this beautiful B&B.

30-minutes from Waikiki, Honolulu, airport and the Pearl Harbor Historic district. 2 blocks from the world famous Lanikai beach. Five minutes from Kailua with great restaurants, antique shops, and rentals for kayaks, windsurfing and bikes.

Private units include one suite, and two deluxe studios, all with garden views, and all can interconnect, with your choice of king, queen or twin sleeping arrangements. The suite has

  • a large garden lanai area with a private outdoor Jacuzzi spa
  • a queen bed plus a single sleep sofa.

Each hideaway unit has

  • its own private entrance
  • bathroom
  • dining area
  • lanai deck
  • kitchenette
  • fiber optic cable television
  • a library of activities on the island
  • restaurant menus
  • books on Hawaiiana

We also have beach chairs, mats and toys (snorkel gear, boogie boards and other beach items.) Water sports, not your thrill, we have 7 golf courses within 20 minutes from the B&B. Tennis courts close by and wonderful hikes right by the B&B.

We offer FREE WiFi and FREE off street parking and there are NO Resort Fees. We also have laundry facilities for your use. One of the best features to our location is that you can watch the sunrise on the beach, or even better, the full moon rising over the ocean. We are a legal licensed permitted establishment.

Please accept our invitation to come stay at the Hideaway. Thank you for considering us.

Warmest Aloha

See the PROPERTY Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Honolulu – Passport Magazine

Author: , August 7th, 2017

gay Honolulu

On this side of O’ahu, where giant resorts and the city of Honolulu serve as a playground to hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, we tend to forget to connect to the natural beauty and spirit of the island.

I’m hand in hand with strangers, forming a circle under the Hawaiian morning sun. I’m with two college-aged girls and a woman. Singing in a melodic verse that’s distinctly Hawaiian, slinging words of thanks to the heavens, while grounding their feet to connect to the volcanic soil. Each inflection seems to mimic the lapping of Pacific waves, and their cries of thanks echo the sound of birds tweeting their own music toward the ancient mountains that once blessed this land with fertile, irrigated soil.

“This is our community,” a woman at Ma’o Organic Farm (86-210 Puhawai Road, Tel: 808-696-5569. www.maoorganicfarms.org) tells me. “We work hard to protect our ohana (family),” she says sitting under a summer-camp structure made from an old chicken hut. It seems ironic, though, that she speaks so personally and passionately about the locals, after all, she comes from the Mainland (as Hawaiians call the Lower 48). She is, however, deeply connected to the people here, having married a Hawaiian and becoming part of the community of Wai‘anae on O‘ahu.

It seems easy to see why she’s taken such a motherly and active role in the community as we sit with the two girls. They both work here on the organic farm, receiving an education, pay, and credit for their time. Here, they learn about ancient farming traditions that sustained Hawaiians for centuries. They also learn how the connection between the people and the land was severed, both physically and culturally when the army stopped these sacred mountains’ waters from freely flowing, destroying the farming here. Yet many people are not aware of what happened because of modern-day conveniences and imports coming from the Mainland and Asia.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Honolulu: Sunshine Year-Round

Author: , February 12th, 2016

gay Honolulu

There is one daily nonstop flight here from Chicago, plus connecting flights via San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas and even Anchorage, among other cities. United Airlines’ morning nonstop flight from O’Hare International Airport is about nine hours, and the connecting flights on American, Delta, Alaskan and other airlines can push the travel time to 10 or 15 hours. It’s then a 20-minute drive without rush-hour traffic, or perhaps double that during peak times, into Waikiki.

The commute, though, is well worth it. This Hawaiian haven – home to Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and the legendary surfing of the North Shore – is truly Paradise. Doesn’t matter how often you’ve been here, this is a great getaway, a great vacation destination, a marvelous break from the cold and snow of Chicago.

Sun and sand are so much better than Chicago’s two most common words this time of year: Polar Vortex. Tom Skilling would be out of a job if he worked here – it’s 80 or 85 degrees with bright sun and limited clouds almost daily, 365 days a year.

Full Story at Chicago pride

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Waikiki Welcomes LGBT Tourism

Author: , March 29th, 2015

Waikiki

The epicenter of gay life here is near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Streets–about a minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, in the second-story, open-air, scenic spot known as Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand.

Located inside the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula’s is a national treasure of the gay community, not just a local stop for mai tais, $6 pitchers of beer, live musical acts, a dance floor and a bevy of 20-something, physically-fit male bartenders and servers.

After all, how many gay bars anywhere have celebrated 40 years of existence, as Hula’s did this past July? Sidetrack, by comparison, will have its 33rd anniversary in 2015. And Hula’s marketing crew is already brainstorming ideas for its 41st celebration during the summer of 2015–something charming, catchy, creative and, no doubt, sexy and celebratory will be the theme of the festivities.

By Ross Forman – Full Story at the Windy City Times | Oahu Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay Honolulu

Author: , May 22nd, 2014

Gay Honolulu

Fact: That fashion statement of girls putting a flower behind their ear actually stems from a very real Hawaiian tradition. It means she’s married.

It is a foregone conclusion that Hawaii has a headlock on weddings and honeymoons. The beaches are perfect. The water is perfect. The weather is perfect. Even when it rains, it is perfect. And as of December 2013, gays and lesbians received our fair share of the perfection when the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act was signed into law. LGBT travel is a competitive business, but Honolulu is a game changer…

Some say that Honolulu isn’t a gay town, but think again. Honolulu may be no equivalent to the Castro, but from the gay stretch of sand at Queen’s Surf Beach at San Souchi State Park to the string of clubs and bars on and around Kuhio and Kapahulu Avenues, it’s clear gays are everywhere: Bacchus for the young ones, Tapas for the older ones, and Lojax for the sports fans (we all have our priorities, witnessing the NFL draft of Michael Sam, for example) join the classic bastions Fusion, Wang Chung, and the cavernous Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand. Who said Honolulu wasn’t gay?

By David Perry – Edge Boston | Gay Honolulu Travel Resources

Five Oahu Hikes – From Easy to Exhausting

Author: , April 10th, 2014

Oahu Hikes

Photo by Karen Gardiner Dion

When on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, you just have to get outdoors. But if sunning yourself on a beach all day isn’t challenging enough, you can choose from the many hiking trails across the island, which are suitable for all fitness levels – and free.

Manoa Falls Trail

This 0.8-mile hike through lush rainforest is easygoing and shaded, but often very muddy. (Flip-flops are not a good idea.) The trail begins by crossing over a footbridge and a small stream, then makes a gradual incline, ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the 100-foot (and, honestly, rather underwhelming) waterfall. More than the falls themselves, this hike is most notable for the flora you walk through: bamboo, huge banyan trees, and colorful flowers. Parking costs $5, or you can get the #5 bus from Ala Moana.

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

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New Hawaii Gay Travel Magazine Launching

Author: , January 25th, 2014

Maui Hula DancersHonolulu-based Nella Media Group says it will begin publishing an annual Hawaii travel and lifestyle publication for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers this spring.

The first issue of the magazine will be distributed in May to households in specific neighborhoods in target markets in cities including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Chicago and New York. It will also be distributed through retail outlets and Nella Media Groups partners.

The magazine, to be called Lei, will also have an online component.

See the Full Story at the Malaysia Sun

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Will Marriage Equality Boost Hawaii Gay Tourism?

Author: , November 15th, 2013

Gay Wedding in CancunA gay couple of 14 years stayed up late Friday night in Texas to watch the live stream of the Hawaii House of Representatives voting to approve same-sex marriage after a heated, days-long debate in the Aloha state legislature.

Though the same-sex marriage bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday was set to be signed by the governor on Wednesday, the couple didn’t hesitate: they immediately contacted a Maui resort and reserved their dream wedding. The message: “Book it, we’re coming,” said Randy Broussard, a 64-year-old retired nurse living in the central Texas city of Temple with his partner, Ray Arsenault, 69. “Being married at sunset on the beach in the warm sun, it just was so appealing,” Broussard told NBC News on Sunday. “It’s a go.”

In Hawaii, where tourism is the No. 2 industry behind the military, businesses are hoping to snag some of the multi-million dollar gay wedding market just as other states have following passage of their same-sex marriage laws.

Authored By Miranda S. Leitsinger – See the Full Story at NBC News

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