Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a land area of 729 square miles, is thought to be the most scenic. From the top of 10,000-foot Mt. Haleakala the views, especially at sunrise and sunset, are stunning. There are waterfalls, lush tropical foliage, rough surf below step rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, and quaint old towns to be found in this in this year-round warm and sunny climate. Lahaina was a residence for Maui's high chiefs and first capital of the Kingdom, before becoming a rowdy whaling port, and then a plantation settlement.
The gay population, second only to that on Oahu, is mainly concentrated around the Kihei area in South Maui, but gay people live all over the island. Gay vacationers, singles or couples, often return to the island every year. They come to enjoy the incredible beauty of the place, rather than for the high energy parties or heavy cruising to be found in big cities and major resorts. See our Honolulu pages for the nearest gay bar/bathhouse scene.
Local gay families socialize mostly at home or in small groups, or holding fundraisers and social events at gay-friendly bars and restaurants, as there are no specifically gay clubs here. Off-island visitors are quite welcome to join in.
Both Sides Now is the Maui GLBT organization with informative website, and sponsor of Friends of Dorothy Dinners, a Pricilla Party, diving trips, whale watch cruises and other events throughout the year. Gay Pride Maui takes place each first weekend in October.
Several companies arrange gay marriage ceremonies in this State of Hawaii, with it's recognition of gay relationships. You do not need to be a US or Hawaii resident. Religious or non-religious rites, even traditional Hawaiian commitments are pledged at local beaches, waterfalls and other scenic locations. For more info see the websites of: Gay Maui Weddings, and Aloha Maui Gay Weddings.
Getting here, getting around
Kahului AIrport is the primary airport on the island of Maui, receiving flights from the North American mainland and the other islands. Flights from Asian destinations land at Honolulu in Oahu. Flights between islands are available from smaller carriers such as Island Air, and go! Mokulele. Besides Kahului these might also arrive at Hana Airport, east Maui, or Kapalua Airport, north of Kaanapali, on west Maui.
The County of Maui operates a public transit system providing limited bus service around the island, and there are taxis too. Renting a car is the easiest way to get around, and to see as much of the island as you'd like, on your own schedule.
Cruise ship and ferry docks include: Lahaina Harbor, with ferries to Lanai; Maalaea Harbor, a yachters destination; and the Kahului Harbor where the Hawaii Superferry took passengers to Oahu and Kauai - until it recently closed down. A new Hawaii state ferry system is just now being discussed
Maui Time is the local general-public weekly with news, reviews and events listings.
Maui Sunseeker (551 S. Kihei Rd, at Wailana Pl, Kihei), welcomes all, caters primarily to gay and lesbian travelers. With 17 guests rooms and suites, the largest hotel serving the glbt market in Hawaii.
Pohailani-Maui Resort (4435 L. Honoapiilani Rd, Kahana), studio condo, 20 feet from the water, spectular views of Moloka'i and Lana'i, fully equiped kitchen.
See locations, phone numbers and web links for the above, and other lodgings, and for restaurant/bar listings, at our map & listings tab.