Honolulu Gay Pride 2016 - Honolulu PrideFest 2016

Celebrating Honolulu Gay Pride and Rainbow Film Festival

Waikiki panorama, Oahu, Hawaii
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Hawaii's largest city, Honolulu hosts the Honolulu Pride celebration each year, now being held in mid- to late October.

Since 1990, Honolulu Pride has organized the Honolulu Gay Pride Parade & Celebration. The date this year is October 22, 2016. The event includes a parade that departs at 11 am from Magic Island (on the oceanfront, just south of Ala Moana Center, at the east end of the park), proceeds through the heart of Waikiki along Kalakaua Avenue, and ends near Kapiolani Park at the festival's new home, Diamond Head Greens, adjacent to Kapiolani Park by the base of iconic Diamond Head - this celebration is held from 11 am until 8 pm.

Also note that several related events take place during the weeks leading up to Honolulu Pride, including Maui Pride (Sept. 30 through Oct. 2), and then in Honolulu and Waikiki between October, 9 and October 22, karaoke night at Chiko's Tavern, and parties at several venues, including Scarlet, Tapas Lanai Bar, the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Bacchus Waikiki, In Between Waikiki, Club 939, the LGBT Center in Waikiki, Hula's,and much more.  .

Looking for advice on nightlife? Check out the Honolulu Gay Bars Guide.

Previously held the same weekend as Pride, the 27th Annual GLBT Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival has also moved, but now it's held in August (the dates in 2016 are Aug. 6 through Aug. 28, and you can view a full schedule of screenings here), with screenings taking place throughout the month at the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre (900 Kinau St.).

Looking for a place to stay in Honolulu during Pride?

The very LGBT-supportive Aqua Hotels & Resorts chain is offering a special 15% discount at to gay and lesbian travelers headed to Honolulu during Pride. The deal also includes a complimentary mai tai cocktail at the popular Honolulu gay bar, Hula's. There are several terrific Aqua properties right in the heart of Waikiki, some of set on or very near to the route of the Honolulu Gay Pride Parade - these include Aqua Oasis, Hotel Renew, Aqua Bamboo, Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Aqua Waikiki Pearl, Aqua Pacific Monarch, Ewa Hotel Waikiki, the Park Shore Waikiki, and several others, most of them with quite reasonable rates by Honolulu standards.

More Hawaii Gay Pride Celebrations

There are some other Gay Pride events in Hawaii, too, including Kauai Gay Pride in June, Big Island Gay Pride in Hilo in July, and Maui Gay Pride in early October.

Honolulu Gay Resources

DiscoveringHawaii.com also has a useful guide to gay travel in Hawaii, and GoGayHawaii.com is a helpful Pride Guide on Hawaii. Take a look at my gay guide and gallery to Honolulu and Waikiki for further ideas about where to stay and what to do. Also explore the excellent site produced by the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau for general assistance with travel planning.

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