The Big Island

It’s hard to hate in a location as beautiful as this, and Polynesian history proves it. Aikane, or homosexual or bisexual, relationships have long been an accepted tradition since the pre-colonial era, embraced by nobility and common folk alike. Naturally, same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2013—years before it became a federal law. With those precedents in mind, it’s no wonder Hawaii has been a haven for members of the LGBT world, as a peaceful, relaxing escape to paradise…and that a wealth of businesses have sprung up during a long history of tourism to specifically cater to them. 

Plenty of bars in Kona invite guests to toast gay pride—including the “epicenter of ‘gay’ on the Big Island,” Mask-querade Bar—and the gorgeous beaches are made even more so by being fully inclusive. The local LGBT community often hosts frequent events on the shores of Hilo, Kailua, and Kona, but no invitation is needed to “Gay Day” Mondays at clothing-optional Kehena Beach, LGBT-favorite Wailea Bay Beach, and Honokohau Beach at the northern end of the Honokohau Harbor Trail. Every corner of this island is worth the trek, with nature preserves, water sports, botanical gardens, historical sites, charming fishing villages, breathtaking vistas, astronomical observatories, and the famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park abounding. Add to that the annual PRIDE Parade & Festival, a family-friendly event sponsored by the Hawaii Legacy LGBT Foundation, and there’s no doubt that there’s just “no h8” on this big, happy island.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since December 2013

Featured Resorts:

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay


On 22 oceanfront acres at sunny Keauhou Bay on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, this resort offers cultural programs, spa and fitness center, tennis, fantasy pool, waterslide, meeting facilities, business center, wireless high-speed internet access throughout, a teen lounge, and children's creativity center. A Wedding Chapel and Gazebo add a touch of romance. Observe Manta Rays each evening from the resort's special viewing area. Island cuisine featured at 3 restaurants ...

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa


The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is located on 15 acres of volcanic landscape, on the Kohala Coast. Wander through gardens, hike along petroglyph trails, and linger by an ancient fish pond. Anaeho Omalu Bay with its sand beach, beckons you to snorkel, windsurf or enjoy a romantic catamaran sail.

Aston Shores at Waikoloa


Aston Shores at Waikoloa is for those who believe that "golf-front" is just as important as beachfront. This is a condominium resort in a gated community on the prestigious Kohala Coast, located close to shopping areas. It's surrounded by the beautiful fairways of the Waikoloa Resort's renowned Beach Course - an upscale golfer's paradise with fairway views everywhere. Each of the luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom suites offer gourmet kitchens.

Additional Resorts:

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

The Mauna Kea Beach Resort once again stands as a landmark of luxury on the Big Island's golden Kohala Coast.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Situated on the sunny Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has defined Big Island luxury since its opening in 1994. As the second phase in Rockefeller's creation of Mauna Kea Resort, the hotel property shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront paradise with the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Perfectly nestled into the bluffs above Hapuna Beach, the Big Island, Hawaii resort presents a flowing, contemporary Hawaiian style where guests on vacation experience the true essence of rej ...

Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is located in the heart of the historic fishing village of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our hotel in Hawaii offers a wealth of culture and history and is ready to help you experience the best that Kailua-Kona has to offer. Honu's Restaurant, the Billfish Bar and our own Kona hotel luau provides guests with the culinary delights that helped make Hawaii famous. Our incredible location overlooks one of the best snorkeling ...

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