On the West Coast of Maui is where Hawaiian royalty once gathered; today, it’s still a destination fit for a queen. Its city of Lahaina, the former capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, plays a gracious host to tourists, with its fort, Whalers Village shopping, dining, golfing, and famous Kaanapali Beach making it among the world’s most dreamed-about places. It’s on those shores that you’ll find the Puu Kekaa (“Black Rock”), where superstition advises against taking the lava rock, but encourages you to take the jump into deep, strong waters so that your spirit can sync with those of your ancestors. Not ready to take that leap of faith? Paddle in on your surfboard to ride the powerful currents that make the North Shore such a fantastic destination for this sport.

Slightly lesser known is South Maui—a drier, major resort area where the crowds are few but the shopping, golfing, and beach options are still many. Among the choices is Little Beach, a famous gay and clothing-optional shorefront just north of “Big Beach,” Makena Beach State Park. Come in the morning for the swimming, snorkeling, and views of Kahoolawe and Molikini Crater; stay into Sunday nights for drum circles and fire dancing. Also on Sundays, have yourself a “gay night” at the Ambrosia Martini Lounge in The Triangle, Maui’s main bar scene. None are predominately gay, but all—especially LuLu’s, My Bar, South Shore Tiki Lounge, and Gian Don’s—are friendly. After all, what court is complete without entertainment? The local LGBT community also provides that in spades, with karaoke and glow dance parties throughout the year, plus the Rainbow Dine-Out Group and Maui Gay Hiking Group’s scheduled events.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Coincide your stay with the monthly dinner parties organized by Rainbow Dine-Out Group
  • The Maui Gay Hiking Group welcomes male hikers to join them the second Saturday of every month
  • Lahaina’s leading gay restaurant is Betty’s Beach Café; Kaanapali Beach’s is Castaway Café
  • Gay marriage legal since December 2013

Featured Resorts:

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers 463 guestrooms, including 107 Residential Suites, featuring dark wood floors, travertine marble bathrooms, flat screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian inspired artwork. The Ritz-Carlton Spa , Kapalua features treatment rooms with private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools, outdoor couple's hale (cabanas) and a fitness center and movement studio with spectacular ocean views. The Jean Michel Cousteau Ambassad ...

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa


Located on 40 spectacular oceanfront acres on famed Ka'anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers unlimited activities and amenities in a setting of tropical luxury. This standout among Maui resorts truly offers something for everyone: half-acre pool with a 150- foot lava tube water slide; sand bottom children's pool; an extensive collection of Asian art; lush landscaping with exotic wildlife; a rooftop astronomy program; tennis; nightly entertainment includi ...

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui


Located on the pristine white sands of Wailea, the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is a luxury oceanfront resort featuring spacious suites and villas. This distinctive hotel encompasses 22 acres of tropical landscape on Maui's southern shore, and offers warm and personal service which captures the essence of aloha.

Additional Resorts:

Andaz Maui at Wailea

At Andaz Maui at Wailea escape to the breathtaking, sun-kissed shores of a world-renowned island destination. Located in the luxury resort community of Wailea, on the crescent-shaped shores of Maui, our 15-acre oceanfront resort is designed for the sophisticated island traveler. Experience upscale services, impeccable guest rooms and residential-style villas, plus world-class restaurants that reflect the culture, style and ambiance of a tranquil tropical island. No matter wha ...

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

A tropical Oasis, unique in its design and amenities, the world class Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort allows guests to immerse themselves in exotic surroundings. Forty acres of lush gardens and tranquil waterfalls set the scene for accommodations, cuisine, pools and a priceless art collection. Located on the sunny southwest shore of Maui, the ultimate vacation experience awaits you at the Grand Wailea Resort.

Montage Kapalua Bay

Guests will enjoy a variety of activities including an 8,500 square foot lagoon pool, Hawaiian cultural activities such as hula, ukulele and lei-making classes and Montage Paint- box program for children ages 5 to 12. Our Beach Shack, located on the sands at Kapalua Bay, offers guests beach- side services and rentals such as, beach chairs and umbrellas. Guests may also make arrangements for snorkeling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, all of which are ideal activities a ...

Honua Kai Resort and Spa

Located on Kaanapali North Beach, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is Maui's newest resort featuring spacious studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites that are equipped with full gourmet kitchens, washers and dryers, large balconies and a bathroom for each bedroom - perfect for families and people traveling together. Plus, Honua Kai Resort & Spa features all the amenities of a luxury resort including housekeeping, a full-service concierge and room service.

Travaasa Hana

Known since ancient times as a region of physical and spiritual healing, Hana retains a Hawaiian sense of place that has been all but lost in other, more populous parts of the island state. Its history, unmatched natural beauty, and genuine aloha spirit becomes an indelible part of each visitor's experience.

Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui

Aloha and welcome to the Wailea Marriott, located on 22 Oceanfront acres on Maui's Southern shore. From the moment you arrive to the open-air lobby, you are swept away by the spectacular oceanfront setting. At the Wailea Marriott, you will experience a warm Maui Aloha in the way the lobby captures the panorama of the oceanfront location, in the soothing tropical tones of the guestrooms, and in the beautiful gardens that fill your senses with the wonders of paradise.

Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

This exclusive luxury condominium resort boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach. Each spacious unit features a fully-equipped kitchen and private lanai offering spectacular ocean and mountain views. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to Whalers Village's shops and restaurants next door, and with the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach directly at your door- step, it is easy to see why Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is one ...

Aston Kaanapali Shores

Aston Kaanapali Shores combines the comfort and convenience of a condominium with hotel-caliber services. This magnificent resort offers the accommodations, services, and amenities guests have come to expect with the "at home" convenience of condominium living. Located on beautiful Kaanapali Beach, the resort reflects what travelers want from a Hawaiian vacation.

Aston Mahana at Kaanapali

Enjoy this luxurious beachfront condominium resort where all custom-furnished oceanfront suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, fully-equipped kitchens and private lanais with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui's magical sunsets.

Aston Maui Hill

This private oasis, nestled atop a lush slope overlooking the clear, blue Pacific, offers extra-spacious condominium suites, hotel-caliber amenities and warm aloha service. Comfortable one, two and three bedroom suites provide plenty of room to kick back, relax and enjoy your Maui vacation and include fully-equipped kitchens, in-room washer/dryers and large, furnished lanai.

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas is set on 11-acres of lushly landscaped exotic tropical gardens on one of Kaanapali's finest stretches of beach. The resort is ideal for active travelers who want to be surrounded by all the fun activities that Maui has to offer.

Royal Lahaina Resort

Set on 27 tropical acres, fronting a half-mile stretch of Kaanapali Beach, the Royal Lahaina Resort's natural beauty, traditional Hawaiian ambiance, and dedication to five-star service offers guests a timeless elegance providing for the ultimate in relaxation and tranquility. The resort's original garden and oceanfront cottage accommodations evoke a quaint beachside experience reminiscent of Hawaii's Plantation Era; while the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower features luxurious isla ...

Aston at Papakea Resort

A garden paradise on Maui, this picturesque oceanfront condominium resort is nestled amid 13 acres of lush tropical landscaping. The resort offers a variety of on- site amenities and activities with the restaurants and shops of Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach just moments away.

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