Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Vacations

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Your gay Honolulu vacation

Oahu is traditionally called “The Gathering Place,” and for good reason. Over 75% of the state’s population resides here. For vacationers, the island’s city of Honolulu can be more of an urban vacation than they’d expect of Hawaii, but what a glorious city it is. With one foot in Asia and the other in North America, Honolulu is the most foreign place you’ll visit without having to use a passport. Hawaii’s Asian, Pacific, European and American influences blend effortlessly in Honolulu, which feels languid and animated at the same time.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming Honolulu hotels

From $114

Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.9 / 5 344 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Blending trendy design with authentic Polynesian touches and top-of-the-line amenities, the Aqua brand is a modern answer to the traditional Hawaiian experience. First founded in 2001, Aqua Hotels & Resorts is now home to more than 15 one-of-a-kind properties on four Hawaiian Islands, including the smaller islands of... More

From $159

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 80 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

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A trendy Waikiki hotel the family will loveSet few steps from pristine white sand beaches and world-class shopping, Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is trendy yet perfect for the family. Patrons at this cozy retreat can hike up to Diamond Head Crater, take surfing lessons from the Waikiki Beach Boys or learn... More

From $179

Park Shore Waikiki

3 stars
3.7 / 5 318 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Treating guests to magical views of the Diamond Head volcanic cone, Park Shore Waikiki is set on the Waikiki coastline in Honolulu. The resort offers affordable rooms, a state-of-the-art conference area, and 226 accommodations to suit each guest. Every room comes with free Wi-Fi (call to confirm), a mini-fridge, and a... More

From $119

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 1194 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

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The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Oahu greets guests with surfboards and citrus shades in its lobby, and bright island decor and natural elements of bamboo and rattan in its guestrooms. Start the day off with live music accompanied by freshly brewed Kona coffee, tropical fruit, baked goods and many other choices, or pack... More

From $325

The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

5 stars
4.4 / 5 151 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

Breakfast for 2 Daily Included

The Royal Hawaiian - A Luxury Collection Resort is filled with the history, romance and casual sophistication of Hawaiian culture, blended with the charm of Spanish-Moorish architecture. Opened in 1927, the perfectly pink luxury hotel is known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific. Premium tower rooms feature spacious work... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Honolulu hotels

From $270

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 271 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

4th Night Free + Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2

'The First Lady of Waikiki' was constructed at the turn of the 20th century, and the Moana Surfrider lives up to her elegant name as a Waikiki beachfront property. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to a signature Westin elixir, a fragrant flower lei, and a refreshingly chilled towel. Catch a great night's sleep on your... More

From $169

Hotel Renew by Aston

3 stars
4.3 / 5 70 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

A secret boutique gem steps from the sandHotel Renew is Honolulu's first true designer boutique hotel. This intimate, eco-friendly gem half a block from the beach was designed by internationally-acclaimed San Francisco designer, Jiun Ho. Find a mod-Asiatic atmosphere that makes a sophisticated, minimalist statement. The... More

From $325

The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

5 stars
4.4 / 5 151 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

Breakfast for 2 Daily Included

The Royal Hawaiian - A Luxury Collection Resort is filled with the history, romance and casual sophistication of Hawaiian culture, blended with the charm of Spanish-Moorish architecture. Opened in 1927, the perfectly pink luxury hotel is known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific. Premium tower rooms feature spacious work... More

From $429

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 102 reviews

Kapolei, Hawaii

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A luxurious Island sanctuary away from the cityJW is a luxury offshoot of the Marriott hotel group, and the Ihilani Resort and Spa reflects the company's emphasis on pared-down style, with its simple wooden furnishings and muted palette. Sitting solo on a private beach cove with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean... More

From $204

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 658 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located a short distance from Hawaii's renowned Waikiki Beach, provides comfortable, spacious and modern rooms – many with ocean views – amid a striking landscape that includes native flowers and plants. The resort's two swimming pools offer friendly bar service. Guests of the... More

From $335

Sheraton Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 333 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

4th Night Free + Daily Breakfast for 2

The towering, gleaming Sheraton Waikiki Suites lets you savor so much of what makes Oahu special. It's a centrally-located resort where guests snorkel, encounter dolphins, and admire sunsets with Mai Tais in hand. Pamper yourself with spa treatments and poolside massages. This resort is not only perfect for... More

From $349

The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.3 / 5 42 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

Chic in both aesthetics and service, Polynesian decor characterizes The Modern Honolulu. Neutral colors and themes give the hotel a sophisticated feel throughout, while there is plenty of Hawaiian heritage on the grounds as well - say "Aloha" to staff as they greet you around every turn. By far, the coolest feature of... More

From $99

Aqua Waikiki Wave

3 stars
3.6 / 5 315 reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hip escape in the center of WaikikiThe vibrant Aqua Waikiki Wave is a surprising find tucked into the middle of Waikiki. Offering  hip room decor and complimentary amenities like free Wi-Fi access, Aqua Waikiki is the perfect stop for any vacation. Step outdoors and find endless opportunity for exploration and... More

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Los Angeles Honolulu Wed, Jan 14 - Thu, Jan 15 $442
San Francisco Honolulu Thu, Feb 12 - Tue, Feb 24 $454
Seattle Honolulu Mon, Jan 26 - Fri, Jan 30 $396
Portland Honolulu Wed, Jan 21 - Wed, Jan 28 $378
Chicago Honolulu Thu, Feb 5 - Tue, Feb 10 $641
Salt Lake City Honolulu Wed, Feb 18 - Mon, Feb 23 $413
Denver Honolulu Mon, Jan 26 - Mon, Feb 2 $529
Minneapolis Honolulu Tue, Jan 20 - Thu, Jan 29 $621
Atlanta Honolulu Fri, Jan 23 - Wed, Jan 28 $737
New York Honolulu Thu, Jan 1 - Wed, Jan 28 $680
San Diego Honolulu Sun, Jan 25 - Tue, Feb 3 $378
Newark Honolulu Mon, Jan 12 - Thu, Jan 15 $685
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Honolulu highlights

  • Picturesque Oahu

    Waikiki, one of the most famous beaches in the world snakes along the coastline before ending dramatically at the iconic Diamond Head volcano. There’s the historic downtown area which includes a thriving Chinatown.

    American Royalty

    The castle-like Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, where Hawaii’s last two monarchs lived in the 1800s. You can also tour the stunning Diamond Head estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, filled with one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic art, which she personally collected.

    LGBT Waikiki

    For the gay traveler, Honolulu’s LGBT scene may seem a bit small compared to other U.S. cities its size, but it makes up for it in friendliness and openness. Honolulu has nearly all the gay nightlife in the whole state, so get your fix here if you’re heading to the other islands.

    A culture of openness

    The most famous gay bar in the Pacific, Hula’s, gazes over lush Kapiolani Park, which borders the easternmost (and gayest) section of Waikiki appropriately called Queen’s Surf. Transvestites are an accepted part of the Polynesian culture.

    Eventful Oahu

    There’s a popular cross-dressing beauty contest, The Universal Show Queen, which happens in Waikiki in September. There are also frequent LGBT sporting events -- this being a city that loves its outdoors. In May, there’s the well-attended Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and in June a pride celebration lights up the streets of Waikiki, ending with music and dancing in Kapiolani Park.

    Natural beauty

    And don’t forget the rest of the island of Oahu, a nature lover’s paradise. There’s the verdant eastern coast, the North Shore with its world-famous monster waves, and the seldom-visited western coast, with its laid-back and local vibe. Oahu has some of the best beaches in Hawaii, on every one of its shores.

Insider tips for Honolulu gay travel

  • Take the bus
    There’s little place in Waikiki to park a rental. If you want to explore the island, The Bus (locally called “da bus”) circumnavigates Oahu for just $2.50.

    Get used to Hawaiian time
    Restaurant service, drivers, even people’s speech patterns are unhurried in Honolulu. If you act like you’re in a rush, it will not bode well with the locals.

    Pack light
    Honolulu rarely gets chilly, and the dress code is always casual, so leave most suits, long-sleeve shirts, socks, even long pants at home.

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