Gay Honolulu – Passport Magazine

Author: , August 7th, 2017

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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. 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

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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


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

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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

Oahu Is More Than Honolulu

Author: , October 29th, 2013

Oahu BeachBeing on the West Coast, the Hawaiian Islands are a popular destination for many of my clients and each island has its own uniqueness. Maui seems to be the top pick over Oahu, based on what they’ve heard from others. Many base their experience or opinions based on Waikiki, however, which is only a small area on the beautiful island of Oahu.

I love Hawaii and think Oahu is one of the best islands to visit with a family as there’s so much to see and do. Just like the other islands, everything is spread out and budgeting for a car rental is a must or you’ll be stuck in one area, probably Waikiki and this will likely not leave you with the same love for the island as I have. If you rely on the bus system or a tour, you’re going to miss out on a lot of what the island has to offer.

Let me help you find the perfect place on Oahu to enjoy your Hawaiian Island vacation.

Authored By Kirsty Connolly – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai, Honolulu, Hawaii

Author: , September 30th, 2013

Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai - Honolulu, HawaiiPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beach Resort on Sparkling Coast of Hawaii: Standing at the gateway of world-famous Waikiki Beach and a magnificent streKuleanatch of white sand, the Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai provides the perfect setting for your next Hawaiian getaway. This resort in Oahu provides easy access to Waikiki Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

See the Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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!

See the Zen Place Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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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Passport Magazines’s Favorite Honolulu Restaurants

Author: , February 23rd, 2013

HonoluluRich Rubin, over at Passport Magazine, details some of his favorite Honolulu restaurants:

Chef Mavro (1969 South King St. Tel: 808-944-4714., for my money is Honolulu’s finest restaurant. Here, I’m enjoying a wide array of delights in a multi-course tasting menu. The swordfish crusted with mochi bursts with freshness. Corn fritters accompanying local duckling are a taste revelation. The arugula served with the Maui goat cheese and strawberry/green peppercorn jam tastes like it just came out of the field.

It’s about knowing where your food comes from, knowing your neighbors,” says my guide, Hi`ilei, at He`eia Fishpond (46-077 `Ipuka St. Tel: 808-236-6178., where I start my journey. Most famously, Hawaii produces fish, and a visit to He`eia is a revelation. This 88-acre pond dates back over 800 years, one of many that were once scattered around the islands.

For these and many more. read the full article over at Passport.