Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

5 Gay Hawaii Secrets

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

5 Gay Hawaii Secrets

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1. Although this is rarely referred to, the revered King Kamehameha didn't hide the fact he slept with young aikane (which literally means "sex with man," but now means a male friend). You can visit this perhaps bisexual king's sacred birth site on the northern tip of the Big Island at the ruins of Mo'okini Heiau temple, which dates back to 480 A.D.

2. When the first Europeans showed up on Hawaii's shores, they were shocked to find men dressed as women-and living in complete acceptance in island society. Today, this tradition of the mahu remains, and you can see an updated, glitzy version of it at Honolulu's fabu, often sold-out Universal Show Queen (808-372-9350) pageant held every June.

3. Since Maui currently has no gay bar, Little Beach at Makena, the most popular nudist spot in Hawaii for both gays and straights, acts as the de facto gay social hot spot. Come for the funky sunset drum circle every Sunday for some naked outdoor dancing! …

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