Big Island Hawaii Gay Pride 2016

••• The Big Island's Pride celebration takes place in the island's largest town, Hilo. photo by Andrew Collins

By far the biggest island in area in the state, the Big Island of Hawaii also has about 185,000 residents and a handful of sizable communities, with the small city of Hilo - on the east side of the island not far from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - being the largest population center. It's here in historic Hilo, which sits on a picturesque bay, that Hawaii Island Gay Pride takes place. Although it was held in September last year, Hawaii Island Gay Pride returns to its more traditional time, July, this year - the date is July 9, 2016.

For ideas on where to stay, check out the Big Island Gay Hotels and Gay-Friendly B&Bs Guide

Big Island's big day of Pride starts at noon with a parade that winds through downtown, followed at 1 pm by a festival with live music that takes place through the afternoon and after party at 7 pm. There are also festivities during the week leading up to Pride Saturday, including a Wednesday movie night, a Pride Pageant on Friday, and a candlelight vigil on Sunday.

In the previous month, June, you can attend Kauai Gay Pride, and in October, the state's largest LGBT Pride celebration, Honolulu Gay Pride, takes place October 22, 2016.

Big Island Hawaii Gay Resources

Note that the Big Island has the only gay bars in Hawaii outside Honolulu, although both of these are in Kailua-Kona, on the other side of the island - The Mask gay bar is particularly popular and will no doubt be quite crowded on Pride weekend.

There are several handy resources on gay travel in Hawaii, including DiscoveringHawaii.com and GoGayHawaii.com, a helpful Pride Guide on Hawaii. Hawaii's largest Pride event, Honolulu Gay Pride, takes place on Oahu in October. Also have a a look at the Big Island Hawaii Gay Hotels Guide for tips on where to stay while visiting this stunning island.

And be sure to visit the excellent site produced by the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau for general assistance with travel planning.