Maui is a very gay-friendly island. There are many gays and lesbians that live and work here. Some of Hawaii’s leading and most respected entertainers, and cultural leaders live on Maui and are gay and lesbian. Although Maui is rural compared to the big bustling city of Honolulu on Oahu, there is culture and arts, clubs, and of course our world famous gay beach called “Little Beach” .
Gays and lesbians from around the world come to Maui specifically to spend time at Little Beach. Visitors come back year after year to relax and enjoy this spectacular clothing-optional beach. Sundays at Little Beach features a hypnotic drum circle and fire dancing at sunset. This is a great spot for boogie boarding, surfing, body surfing, snorkeling and bronzing to a perfect tan!to do ocean and hiking activities,
You can also see world class cultural and musical events. Our state of the art, Maui Arts and Cultural Center attracts world-renown entertainment.
People are saying that the LGBT Community on Maui is “up and coming!” With that said, here are a few LGBT events & groups happening on the island:
- LGBT Night @ Kono’s in Kihei – LGBT dance club scene with shows ( sometimes) on various Saturdays. Call Kono’s to learn of details at
- Maui Business Association Breakfast Meetings – The Maui Business Association (MBA) is a group of LGBT & allied business persons gathering to network, provide leads and get more information about gay-friendly businesses here on the island. You don’t have to own your own business or even be representing a business to attend, although it would be excellent to grow the list of LGBT businesses. The MBA breakfast meetings are every first & third Friday of the monthfrom 7:30am to 8:30am at Stella Blues Cafe. 1279 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
- Maui Business Association After Hours – Another event the MBA does is a night mixer. This is a more casual event were people can just walk around and socialize about LGBT friendly businesses. The MBA After Hours are every second Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 8:30pm at Stella Blues Cafe. 1279 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
- LGBT Hiking Group – If you love hiking (especially on Maui), this Maui LGBT group goes hikingevery second Saturday of the month. Every month is a different location, but the time usually stays the same. They usually meet for carpooling at 8:30am and the hikes usually last until Noon or 1pm. Visit www.MauiGayInfo.com for location and details about the upcoming hike.
- Rainbow Dine Out Group – The Rainbow Dine Out Group is a chance for LGBT and ally people on Maui to get together at a different restaurant once a month to socialize and try new foods on the island. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm at different locations each month. For locations and to RSVP, visit www.MauiGayInfo.com.
- Maui Pride Board Meeting – “Maui Pride” is a non-profit organization which organizes and facilitates the Pride Celebration Weekend on Maui. Throughout the year, Maui Pride organizes a variety LGBT events and fundraisers. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings which are held every second Monday of the month from 6pm to 7pm at different locations. See the calendar on www.MauiPride.org for the location of the next board meeting.
- Maui Pride Festival – Maui Pride is the first weekend in October. It use to be in June, however it kept falling on the same date as other Pride Festivals on the other island. The beginning of October was chosen because it wouldn’t conflict with other events, the ocean water would be warmer, less expensive airline tickets, and it would encourage people from the mainland to enjoy their pride then come attend another pride here on Maui.
Other than that, people say the “gay” beach on Maui is the most Northern area of Little Beach. If not at the beach, you can find other LGBT people on Facebook in the group called “Maui Gay Social Club”.
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