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A Celebration of Pride – The Honolulu Pride Parade

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Credit to KHON2 on YouTube

The LGBTQ+ community has a long and colorful history in the Hawaiian islands. During ancient times in Hawai’i, there was a recognized third gender called mahu. Individuals who identify as mahu did not identify as male or female. They identified as an individual with characteristics of both male and female. In addition to the Native Hawaiian mahu, the LGBTQ+ community have created a wonderful and diverse community space for themselves in Hawaii. Queer culture is certainly very easy to find in Honolulu. You can find queer culture at many different places and celebrations, including at the Honolulu Pride Parade!

During the month of October, the city of Honolulu becomes even more decorated with rainbows than it is at any other time of the year. Rainbow banners are hung along both Ala Moana Boulevard and along Kalakaua Avenue in celebration because October is LGBTQ+ History Month. In Honolulu during October, there are lots of fun festivities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ History Month, including the Honolulu Pride Parade. This Pride Parade is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Honolulu as well as a celebration of diversity and inclusion. The parade also brings awareness to many social and political causes that the LGBTQ+ community gets involved with in Honolulu.

Come and experience the festivities and the fun spirit of the Honolulu Pride Parade in the heart of Waikiki!

Where to Watch the Pride Parade

The parade is free to enjoy and is certainly fun for everyone! The parade features festive floats, fun music, and also balloons. Most spectators stand or sit along the sidewalks and curbs of the parade route, although I have seen people enjoy the parade from their hotel balconies. Like many other parades, the Honolulu Pride Parade route also begins at Magic Island, which is close to Ala Moana Center. The parade travels down Kalakaua Avenue through the heart of Waikiki and it also passes by the iconic Waikiki beach on its way to Kapiolani Park, which is the end of the parade route. Following the parade, a festival is held at Kapiolani Park featuring food, drinks, music, dancing, and live performances. 

Due to the parade route and the festival after the parade, traffic and parking may likely be affected in the Waikiki area.


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