Blue Sky and Warm Beaches: The Hornet Guide to Gay Honolulu
Blue sky, warm beaches, diverse cultures. Honolulu, the capital city of Oahu, is one of our favorite gay destinations. As one of the most LGBTQ-friendly locales in the country, and a birthplace of the American same-sex marriage movement, gay men come to Honolulu to soak up the sun, taste the local cuisine (spam musubi and malasadas — yum!) and experience the island life. With lots of outdoor activities and an exuberant nightlife to enjoy, Honolulu is a true gay paradise.
Daytime Activities in and Around Waikiki
During the day, you will find that people flock to Waikiki Beach for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. This world-famous beach stretches along the Pacific Ocean and is right next to Diamond Head crater.
Diamond Head, another of the island’s national landmarks, is ideal for a day of hiking, sunbathing and exploring. Diamond Head Beach is also the “unofficial” gay nude beach for locals and tourists. Besides Diamond Head Beach, Queen’s Surf Beach is another popular gay outdoor area for relaxation and people-watching.
The Moana Surfrider Hotel is one of the island’s best spots for cocktails and people-watching. This historic hotel has a stunning courtyard with a panoramic view of the Pacific. It’s a beautiful beach resort that also offers excellent high tea services while you listen to local Hawaiian live music. Another iconic hotel around the Moana Surfrider is the Royal Hawaiian, the gorgeous pink hotel on the strip. In addition to the hotels of Waikiki, you’ll find a plethora of amazing restaurants and high-end luxury boutiques.
Honolulu is Hawaii’s only destination that boasts an active gay nightlife scene. Hula’s, one of the first gay bars in the heart of Waikiki, is a must for gay travelers. The bar overlooks the beach, Honolulu Zoo and Diamond Head from the second level of a hotel. It’s also a great place to grab drinks with friends after a day out in the sun. Hula’s also offers Catamaran tours every Saturday afternoon, which goes around the island and is a great way to sightsee Oahu. For more information about these tours, head to Hula’s website for details.
A few blocks away from Hula’s, you’ll find Wang Chung’s, a local favorite dive bar that specializes in karaoke fun. At this welcoming space, you can sing your heart out among the locals while sipping lychee martinis. If you get hungry, the bar also serves up food.
Still in Waikiki but a bit removed from the bustle, stop by Bacchus and mingle with this bar’s diverse crowd of people. This bar hosts nightly events, like Trivia Night on Mondays to challenge your pop culture knowledge. This place also has a team of friendly and sexy staff dedicated to creating that “aloha experience” for you.
In Between is another local bar just a few blocks away from Bacchus. Famous for its karaoke nights, visitors come here to sing along with the bar’s regulars in a fun and attitude-free environment. This bar also hosts a monthly boat cruise around the island. Check out its website for more information.
Fushion is yet another nightlife spot to check out when you’re in town. From a distance, it might look intimidating, but once you step inside this second-floor club, get ready for a full night of entertainment. Fusion hosts an all-star drag revue featuring local entertainers every weekend, and after the cabaret show, let the Men of Fusion entertain you. This is an easy spot to dance the night away ’til 4a.m.
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