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She’s an icon, a legend.

The Tea

Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, also known around the world simply as Hula’s, is not only a Legend among LGBTQ+, but is also known among everyone as the epitome of “Aloha” for ALL! Hula’s has been serving Hawaii and our international guests for 49 years!

Hula’s is more than a unique entertaining gathering place, it’s a state of mind.

It is our mission to constantly strive to provide superb food and entertainment for our guests. Hula’s open-air restaurant is uniquely situated in Waikiki with views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Our guests enjoy Hawaii’s best LIVE MUSIC, served with sumptuous Food and Beverages while enjoying the Entertaining and Attentive Hula’s team.

The History of Hula’s

“Hula’s is gay history.”

– Jack Law

Birth of an Icon

“Let’s start a bar!
How hard can it be?”

The year was 1974, and Jack Law admits that he and his business partner, Bob Magoon, knew nothing about running a bar. Still, they must have had a good plan, as Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand is still going strong.

Hula’s opened at the corner of Kūhiō Avenue and Kālaimoku Street. Despite their initial optimism, Law and Magoon found that running a bar was not, in fact, easy.

— Jack Law

“People ask if this was the first LGBTQ+ bar, and it was not,” says Law. “Waikīkī has always been a destination for LGBTQ+ people. But Hula’s was unique, open air, and disco was just starting.”

Moving to the current Location

The Gathering Place

for Explorers

Hula’s relocated to it’s now iconic location in the Waikīkī Grand Hotel in 1998.

The new space featured panoramic views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.

HUla’s Today

Paddling together for
49 years

This year Hula’s will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary, marking half a century of being a pillar of the LGBTQ+ community and nightlife scene.

Hula’s in the community

Making waves

Empowerment through storytelling.

The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation was founded in 1997 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about gay & lesbian culture, arts, and lifestyle. HGLCF presents the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival annually in honor of Hawaiʻi LGBT pioneer Adam Baran.

Reducing harm.
Promoting health.
Creating wellness.

The Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center serves Hawai’i communities by reducing the harm and fighting the stigma of HIV, hepatitis, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, and poverty in our community.

We focus our efforts on those disproportionately affected by social determinants of health, including but not limited to: people living with and/or affected by HIV, hepatitis, substance use, and the transgender, LGBQ and the Native Hawaiian communities. We foster health, wellness, and systemic change in Hawai’i and the Pacific through care services, advocacy, training, prevention, education, and capacity building.

Transforming Lives Through Housing and Support Services

Dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s most vulnerable populations, particularly those living with HIV/AIDS. Through a variety of services including housing assistance, case management, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and nutrition services.

The mission of the Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation is to support, empower, educate, unify, and facilitate LGBT organizations and individuals in Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation produces Honolulu Pride, hosts the LGBTQ+ Center Honolulu and creates educational programs that inform and empower Hawaiʻi’s LGBTQIA+ community. We also provide financial and in-kind support to organizations addressing social, health and economic inequalities in our communities. 

Aikāne ʻOhana supports Hawaii’s LGBTQIA+ community through our mission of community organizing, service, and fiscal sponsorship for Hawaii LGBTQ sports leagues and other community-organized events and activities.

The Hawaii Gay Flag Football league (HIGFFL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that aims to provide a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ folks to compete and connect through flag football. Besides hosting a yearly tournament, 10-week season, and travelling national teams, we also give back to our community. In 2023 we held monthly food drives for Gregory House, collected donations for Maui Community Foundation, and just recently volunteered with Special Olympics Hawaii.