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NOTE: This is an archive article. For an updated and expanded Honolulu article click DailyXtraTravel
Honolulu is on Oahu, the third largest
and most populous island in the
Hawaiian chain. More than 70 percent of
the population makes this their
home. Always tolerant of diverse
lifestyles, the island remains a
popular destination for gay travelers
and has many welcoming
guesthouses, shops, restaurants, and
The surfing is good at Makapuu and Sandy
Beach, along with Waimea,
Sunset and Pipeline beaches in the
winter. If you prefer, you can
snorkel among dolphins and colorful
tropical fish in Hanauma Bay.
The gayest Oahu beach is Queen's Surf
Beach, at the Diamond Head end of
Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. A secluded
area at the base of the
lighthouse, off Diamond Head Road, is
another favorite spot.
House (84-4780 Mamalahoa Hwy,
Captain Cook; 808-328-8955)
lovely orchards, fragrant flowers,
Waikiki (2551 Cartwright; 877-
902-2121) gay hotel,
comfortable suites, one block from
Hostel (2556 Lemon; 808-923-
9566) affordable beach
lodgings, internet access.
Hotel (134 Kapahulu Ave; 808-
923-1814) on the beach,
Hula's bar on second floor, reasonable
Bars & clubs
Most Honolulu gay nightlife is
located around world-famous
Waikiki. At this cultural crossroads
are all types of people,
from US service members to European
tourists to visitors from other
Pacific islands and Japan.
(2260 Kuhio) gender-bending revues,
strippers Friday and
Saturday with dancing until 4am.
Hula's Bar and Lei
Stand (134 Kapahulu Ave) dance
club and video
cruise bar, has sunset views and go-go
(2155 Lauula St) small karaoke bar,
mixed crowd, casual feeling.
Lo Jax (2256 Kuhio Ave) is a new gay sports bar with nine big video monitors, a hip hop vibe, sandwiches and finger food. They're located in the old space of Angles,
a long-time local bar which closed this past August.
Bar Seven (1349 Kapiolani Blvd or 1344 Kona St) the former Venus is now seven different small bars including Sauce -open nightly, mixed crowd, Saturday stripper and drag shows, after-hours dancing. In same building V.Lounge has good pizza.
Wang Chung's (2410 Koa Ave) a friendly, fresh and exotic new karaoke neighborhood bar with Japanese food and drinks.
Fresh fruit, pineapple, papaya, mango,
guava, and coconut are a
staple here, and these
flavors are to be found in every type of dish. Local
fish, such as mahimahi and a pink
snapper, are too good to pass up. A
luau, or outdoor celebration feast, is the best place to sample such traditional Hawaiian foods as baked breadfruit.
Kuhio) serves excellent Thai food.
Cucaracha (12446 Koa Ave)
has delicious Mexican cuisine.
Seaside Ave, 2nd Floor) is a cool patio
gay-popular restaurant, with good Sunday brunch.
(444 Hobron Lane, 4th floor) is the 24-hour men's 18+ recreational space with steam room, sauna, videos, playrooms, sling, and a garden patio.
Straight (134 Kalakaua, Suite B)
is a favorite gay shop for swimsuits, club wear, T-shirts,
books, magazines, videos, and erotica.
Diamond Head Video
(1745 Kalakaua Ave) boasts Hawaii's
largest collection of
gay porn videos.
Pleasures (55 South Kamehameha
Hwy, Wahiawa) has male erotic videos,
magazines, lubes, toys, and a theater.
The Art of Douglas Simonson (808-737-6275) is created here in Hawaii by a local artist who celebrates the beauty of young male Pacific Islanders in paintings, sketches and photographs. See his gallery at his website, linked above.
Over Easy Down
Under (2301 Kuhio Ave, Suite
220) stocks active wear,
underwear, and beach accessories.
Waikiki Adult Video
Entertainment (2270 Kuhio Ave)
sells DVDs, lube, toys,
and they have private viewing booths.
The 21st annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival screens at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in the third week of May, and will accept submissions as late as March 15 2010. See their website for details and dates.
The Honolulu Pride Festival will take place this year the weekend of June 17-19, 2010. Check details on their website linked above.
Magazine is the local gay
Hawaii (877-678-7333) flights
and tours throughout the
Airlines (888-435-9462) one-way
flights between islands from $38.
Holidays (808-923-2400) arranges
accommodations, and other details
throughout the Islands.
Also see Hawaii's Secrets by Matthew Link from our March 2010 issue.