May Day is Lei Day in Kauai

25 04 2017

May Day is Lei Day in KauaiYep, you read that right! May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. But stop thinking what you’re thinking. Not that kind of lay. Sheesh. A lei is a Polynesian garland of flowers but it’s so much more than that. It symbolizes welcome, peace, love and much more (like the multifaceted word aloha).

Every May 1 the 50th state celebrates the lei with contests and events. The haku (a lei for the head) above sported by May Day is Lei Day in KauaiRaymond was created by Elvrine Chow, owner of Heavenly Hakus and the model’s mom.  Check out the many varieties of leis she produces on her Facebook page. She’s competing in the upcoming May Day Lei contest on Monday, May 1 at the Kauai Marriott Lihue (if you happen to be around!). If you visit Kauai, you can even book a lei-making lesson with the lovely Elvrine. Check out the Kauai Visitors Bureau for more trip-planning information about Kauai.

TTap here for more information about Lei Day in Kauai.  Lei day in the state of colorful history. Each island in Hawaii has a special flower that represents that specific island. The island of Hawaii, more commonly known as The Big Island, has the beautiful red blossom of the ohia tree, called the lehua blossom, for its flower. The island of Maui‘s flower is called the Lokelani and is pink. The island of Oahu‘s flower is called the Ilima. The Ilima’s color is golden and can be seen all across the island. Molokai uses a flower named the Kukui which has a green color to it. A smaller island named Lanai has a grassy flower called Kauna’o which is a yellow color. The island of Kahoolawe and its flower Hinahina has a silver-gray color across the top. The final two islands have unique sets of flowers.The color for Kauai is purple and the unique flower for Kauai is the Mokihana berry which is green.  The island of Niihau‘s “flower” is actually a shell called Pupu.


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Can’t Make It To Hawaii? Check Out How This Guy Brought Hawaii to Him

10 02 2015

Hawaii, as seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Our intrepid correspondent, Paul Heney, chimes in with another fun post about how to bring exotic locales to you when your travel aspirations and your wallet don’t match up:

My hometown of Cleveland gets hammered on our weather reputation. Our winters aren’t really any worse than Chicago’s or Boston’s, but somehow we’re always the ones mentioned as being cold and snowy. But that being said, I will admit that I tire of the snow and chilly air sometime soon after January 1st each year … and start to long for the sunny beaches of my favorite escape, Hawaii. Read the rest of this entry »

Guess Who Included In New York Times Gay Travel Feature

3 06 2014

Jason Logan/NY Times

I was quoted in the recent New York Times piece, “For Gay Destinations, Thinking Outside the Obvious.” ManAboutWorld was also included as a resource in the Times piece, “Finding Comfort and Safety as a Gay Traveler.”

Here’s a section quoting me naming the Big Island as one of his favorite off-the-beaten track destinations:

Popular with tourists, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and the busy Waikiki area in particular, may be the most obvious choice for L.G.B.T. travelers heading to Hawaii, and it is well worth a trip if you’ve never been. There are plenty of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses, and the 24th annual Honolulu Pride Parade and Celebration is coming up on June 7.

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ManAboutWorld’s March Issue Ready For Download!

10 03 2014


ManAboutWorld’s latest issue is ready for download. Subscribers: Open your iPad, tap on ManAboutWorld, go to Library, download and enjoy. Non-subscribers may find us in the AppStore. Or click on our website to subscribe and get access to all our back issues.

This is our coolest — and hottest — cover, yet.

Learn why we love Hawaii and its beautiful aloha spirit.

Other coverage includes:

  • Gay family travel to Kauai
  • Washington, DC
  • Merida, Mexico
  • Panama City, Panama
  • 6 fabulous honeymoon hotels
  • and more

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A “Descendants” Kinda Stay: Dinner For Two, a Movie and a Good Book

6 03 2012

Gay-friendly Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has a special kinship with Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants, which won recognition at the 84th Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Awards in Hollywood last month.

In fact, the lovely Kaui spoke to a group of LGBT travel writers who visited this hotel property near both a gay beach and the famous gay bar Hulas two years ago about her book, then being circled around by George Clooney to possibly make into a movie. See our video interview with her here.

The Waikiki Marriott announced a fun “Dinner & Movie” package that includes a signed copy of her book. Here’s the complete package that begins at $209 per room, per night:

  • Complimentary book, The Descendants autographed by Kaui Hart Hemmings
  • Room accommodations – City View
  • Welcome cocktails for two people upon arrival
  • Dinner for two at Kuhio Beach Grill or room service
  • One in-room movie
  • Complimentary popcorn and soda for two for the in-room movie

Marriott offers a gay travel resource page here.

Fine print: 

For reservations or more information, visit or call 1-800-721-6996 in the U.S. and ask for the Dinner & Movie package promotional code L9Z.  Offer is valid till December 31, 2012.  Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

What Does She Say about George Clooney? Listen in!

17 11 2011

He's a beautifully chiseled gem, too.

Travel writer and frequent contributor to, Dennis Hensley interviewed Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings in Hawaii.

With Descendants, the movie based on Hemmings’ book, released this week in New York and Los Angeles, Dennis asked the diminutive novelist about her inspiration for the story, her involvement in the shoot and whether George Clooney was destined to play in this film.

Click below to hear Hemmings’ responses and learn the insider story to how this terrific book made it to the silver screen. The entire 3.5-minute interview was filmed on a terrace at the gay-friendly Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. (Note the steady camera work here… yep, yours truly played cameraman!)

Who Wants to Get Lei’d? New Air Service NYC to Hawaii

16 11 2011

The Airbus A330-200 seats 294 passengers,

Hawaiian Airlines announced it is launching new direct, non-stop service between Honolulu, Hawaii and New York City’s JFK Airport.

The new service begins June 4, 2012. The Honolulu-bound flight will depart JFK daily at 10:00 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 3:00 p.m. The NYC-bound Flight 50 (“Hawaiian 5-0”) will depart Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in New York City at 6:55 a.m. the following morning.

But check out these introductory rates (and accompanying fine print).

In celebration of its new service, Hawaiian is offering special introductory fares of $212 each way in Economy Class and $808 each way in First Class (212 and 808 being the area codes of New York City and Honolulu , respectively).

The introductory fares are available for purchase from today through November 20, 2011 and are valid for travel between June 4 and June 30, 2012 . Seats are limited. Additional taxes and fees apply. Tickets can be purchased on Hawaiian’s website at, by calling Hawaiian’s reservations department toll-free at 1-800-367-5320, or through any professional travel agent.

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