Exploring Diversity: Best LGBTQ+ Spots in Hawaii

Uncover and enjoy diversity in Hawaii with our guide to the best LGBT+ spots spread across the islands. From its spectacular beaches to vibrant nightlife and unforgettable cultural events, here we’ll celebrate the Aloha State’s commitment to inclusion and the LGBTQ+ community. So go ahead and get inspired for your trip to this laid-back and open-minded tropical paradise.


LGBTQ+ Beaches in Hawaii

Boasting golden sands, turquoise waters, and big blue skies, Hawaii’s spectacular beaches are often top of the list of any itinerary. Remember that while these beaches are popular LGBTQ+-friendly destinations, some also attract a mixture of locals and families.

  • Queens Surf Beach (Waikiki, Oahu): Located within Kapiolani Regional Park — and a short walk from Waikiki Resort Hotel — this beach is ideal for lazy days sunbathing and swimming. 

  • Diamond Head Beach Park (Waikiki, Oahu): In the shadow of Diamond Head State Park, this is an unofficial clothing-optional beach a short walk from Queens Surf Beach.

  • Waimea Bay (Waimea, Oahu): One of Hawaii’s most famous beaches and surf spots, Waimea Bay Beach Park is a welcoming place for all and sundry to enjoy. Come for big waves in winter and great snorkeling and diving in summer. 

  • Kehena Beach (Puna District, Big Island): Black sand beach often frequented by spinner dolphins. Monday is the unofficial gay day for the local LGBTQ+ community.


LGBTQ+ Activities and Adventures in Hawaii

Whether you’re looking to take the plunge into crystalline waters, travel deep into lush green valleys, or hit the heights of lofty hilltops, Hawaii is a veritable playground of adventure. 

  • Oahu Queer Hiking: Enjoy diversity in Hawaii at regular events that range from botanical garden picnics to guided hikes, plus both friendly and competitive sports tournaments. 

  • Honolulu Frontrunners: Organized, weekly events for anyone with an interest in running and walking, with routes around Honolulu city and its surroundings.

  • Big Wave Dave Surf and Coffee: Learn to ride Hawaii’s rolling surf with a local Waikiki Beach Boy and sample a fresh brew of Waikiki’s best coffee. 

  • Ziplining: What better way to see Hawaii’s breathtaking landscape than from above the treetops? Check out Outfitters Kauai to fly over Kauai’s rainforest, and CLIMB Works Keana Farms to experience Oahu’s North Shore.


LGBTQ+ Events in Hawaii

Hawaii is a fun-loving state and across the islands, you’ll find a variety of events, including Pride celebrations and film festivals, for the community. 

  • Pride Splash Day (Honolulu, Oahu): Once a year in July, Wet n Wild Hawaii hosts an all-day pool party with live DJs and cocktails under the sun. 

  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (Honolulu, Oahu): Feature film and short movie screenings held in September at the Doris Duke Theater, inside the Honolulu Museum of Art

  • Honolulu Pride (Ohau): Hawaii’s biggest Pride celebration takes place in October and makes its way along Waikiki’s bustling Kalakaua Avenue.

  • Hilo Pride (Big Island): Hawaii’s second-biggest celebration for the LGBTQ+ community takes place in summertime in the historic downtown of Hilo.


LGBTQ+ Nightlife in Hawaii

Get your party on and meet like-minded members of the LGBTQ+ community at a selection of lively bars and nightspots scattered throughout the islands.

  • Bacchus Waikiki (Waikiki, Oahu): Laidback and friendly bar with daily drinks offers and weekend DJ sets.

  • Scarlet Honolulu (Honolulu, Oahu): Oahu’s biggest and arguably most raucous nightclub is famed for its pineapple stage, tiki bar, and weekend drag shows. 

  • Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar (Waikiki, Oahu): Ever popular with locals and visitors alike, this is an LGBTQ+ friendly destination for signature cocktails and boisterous singalongs.


LGBTQ+ Shopping in Hawaii

There are few better ways to keep the memories of a spectacular vacation alive than taking a piece of the islands back home with you. So experience diversity at these top shopping spots. 

  • Ala Moana Center (Honolulu, Oahu): One of the world’s largest open-air malls, you’ll find 290 local and international brands here, in addition to events like hula shows and concerts.

  • Royal Hawaiian Center (Waikiki, Oahu): Upscale retailers for fashion, jewelry and Hawaiian gifts. Also island-style dining plus everything from ukulele workshops to lei-making classes. 

  • Waikiki Beach Walk (Waikiki, Oahu): Boutique shopping and award-winning dining meets art exhibitions, wine-tasting evenings, and the annual Honolulu Festival.