Category Archives: Gay Hawaii

Scarlet Bar Opens in Honolulu

The gayest fun in Hawaii is happening in Honolulu!

And now the hottest funnest bar in Chicago’s Boystown, Scarlet, brings their talents to Honolulu’s  Chinatown!

The DJ’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago, Traver Rains, and Lanai Tabura have just opened SCARLET BAR AND DANCE CLUB  – Hawaii’s LARGEST night club with an energetic and alluring atmosphere that will get anyones toes tapping.  Let us introduce you to the wizards behind the the curtain of our ‘pink’ emerald city…

LANAI TABURA Hawaii’s very OWN!  Lanai boasts being the winner of the GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE on the Food Network and 25 year veteran of Radio & Television appearances.  Most notable are: host of Cooking Hawaiian Style, Baywatch Hawaii, Jake & The Fatman, and Anthony Bourdane.  Lanai can also be found doing stand up opening for Damon Wayans, Wayne Brady, The Pussycat Dolls and Hall & Oats to name a few.

TRAVER RAINS– Co-Creator/Designer of the clothing line, HEATHERETTE, Traver has shown hundreds of runway collections around the world and been a highlight of NYC fashion week for 10 years.  He has dressed the likes of Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Pink, and Mariah Carey, just to name a few.  His television appearances include: guest judge on Project Runway & Americas Next Top Model, MTV’s TRL, My Sweet 16 and Made.

THE DJ’S OF SCARLET: For the past 6 years the World renown DJ’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago have been creating an orgasmic experience for party goers in Boystown Chitown.  This group of “finger-on-the-pulse” DJ’s was formed by Scarlet Bar proprietor Robbie Baldwin in order to create a customized sound for the Dance Club.  And now this sound can now be found nightly in downtown Honolulu!  Familiar names including Joey Luna, Scotty T, Katy, Konsept, Vlad, Kirk Dickens… plus a crazy mix of celebs such as CAZWELL, TARYN MANNING, Captains of Industry STONE ROKK, and GRAHAM JUNKE, ZEKE TOMAS, TRENTINO, ROCK CITY will be spinning their fingers off to mix the hottest top 40 beats.

WEEKLY PARTIES: Every night will be a welcoming adventure for gay boys and their girl friends (yes, we are straight friendly).  But just to keep you on your toes, Scarlet will be offering a variety of weekly themed parties.

Easily the best nighclub in all of Hawaii. Great music, fun and friendly staff, strong drinks and great party atmosphere!

80 South Pauahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96822
(across from the historic Hawaii Theater in DOWNTOWN HONOLULU)

HOURS: Wed-Sun 8PM-2AM

Check out the fun and pics on facebook!  SCARLET HONOLULU

@ScarletHNL -Instagram and Twitter


Gay Pride 2014 is Coming ! To a City Near You!

GAY PRIDE IS COMING!  Over the next 6 months, gay prides will be happening  coast to coast!

PHOENIX PRIDE  April  5-6, 2014

MIAMI  PRIDE   April  11-13

TOKYO PRIDE  April 27rh

SAO PAULO PRIDE    May 4th, 2014 – the BIGGEST in the WORLD


NEW JERSEY  PRIDE   June 1st, 2014

LOS ANGELES  PRIDE  June 6th-8th

MILWAUKEE  WI   Pride   June 6th-8th

CAPITAL PRIDE  DC  June 6th-8th

DETROIT  PRIDE  June  7th-8th



BOSTON PRIDE  June 8th-16th

KEY WEST PRIDE  June 11th-15th 2014

NASHVILLE PRIDE  June 12th-14th


PITTSBURGH  PRIDE   June 14th-15th

BERLIN PRIDE   June 14th-15th

OSLO PRIDE June  20th-29th

HOUSTON GAY PRIDE  June 20th-29th

PLUS in 2014, Toronto will actually be  WORLD  PRIDE with even BIGGER  crowds


NEW YORK CITY PRIDE  June 24th-29th

TAMPA  FL   PRIDE  June 27th-29th

PARIS PRIDE   June 28th



CHICAGO PRIDE FEST  June 21st – 22nd

(they are trying to fill in the days in between to make a full week of pride)



MADRID PRIDE July 2nd-6th


SAN DIEGO PRIDE  July 18th-20th

STOCKHOLM PRIDE  July 28th – Aug. 2nd

MONTREAL PRIDE July  July 28th-Aug. 3rd

AMSTERDAM PRIDE August 1st-3rd – with floats on the canal!

ANTWERP PRIDE August 4th-11th

REYKJAVIK PRIDE August 5th-10th

CHICAGO MARKET DAYS – August 9th-10th   (not really pride – but a big party!)

OTTAWA PRIDE  August 15th-24th

PRAGUE PRIDE August 11th-17th

COPENHAGEN PRIDE  August 26th-31st

ATLANTA  PRIDE  August  27th-Sept. 1st

SOUTHERN DECADENCE  –  August 27th-September 1 (not really pride – but a big party)

LAS VEGAS PRIDE  September 2nd-8th

AUSTIN TX  PRIDE   September 20th

DALLAS PRIDE   September 21st

MAUI HAWAII   October 4th-5th

GAY PRIDE is a time of celebration and with that, usually comes some drinking.  MAKE SURE YOU DRINK WATER AS WELL!  Keep yourself hydrated! You don’t want to go to the hospital with your boa and go go shorts on!  (poor guy!)



Gay Maui SunSeeker Resort Featured on HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE Dec. 17th

What’s a hotel operator to do when business is struggling? Hire Anthony Melchiorri, one of the most sought after hotel “fixers” in the country.

Second season of ‘Hotel Impossible’ features a Maui, Hawaii resort that caters to the LGBT clientele.

 Hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri, star of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” comes to the rescue of the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort. The episode featuring the transformation of the resort, its first resort property in the beautiful state of Hawaii, premieres on December 17 at 10:00 p.m. ETPT on Travel Channel. 
Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort is located right on the sunny shore in Kihei on the island of Maui, the boutique resort currently has 26 well-appointed guest rooms and suites.  An adults-only property, the Maui Sunseeker welcomes all, but caters to the LGBT clientele. With such a narrow client focus, Melchiorri works with Chuck Spence, Owner of the Maui Sunseeker, on the marketing strategy and allocation of resources to improve the property. 
The hotel presented a unique problem as it receives rave reviews from its clientele but struggles with its occupancy and related cash flow, hence the marketing strategy focus. Designer Blanche Garcia joins Melchiorri to upgrade the rooftop deck. “It was eye opening for all involved in this show” laughs Spence, “for us from a business perspective and for the cast when they discovered the clothing optional hot tub”.  
If there is one reason for Maui’s enduring popularity it is it’s
diversity — the island’s uncanny ability to dazzle and soothe almost at
the same time. 

 The second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Maui
is 48 miles long and 26 miles across with a land area of 729 square
Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort is the place on Maui where you can feel free
to be yourself.  Welcoming all, but catering primarily to the gay and
lesbian traveler, we are the largest gay owned and operated hotel in
Hawaii serving the gay and lesbian market.  Maui Sunseeker is the perfect place for gorgeous
Pacific Ocean views, seasonal whale watching and magical Maui Sunsets.  

Gay Pride Maui Hawaii 2012

Maui Pride Weekend
 is October
5th, 6th and 7th!!  

This year the main event will be an all day/evening festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation! 

You should really think about booking your room  NOW. Rooms  will sell out!

If you stay with our friends over at  Maui Sunseeker, they will  be hosting a  rooftop VIP Aloha reception only for their  guests on Friday evening, the 5th!

Three days of fun in glorious Maui!

Maui Sunseeker
Maui Pride 2012


Gay Bears on Maui Hawaii



It’s not news that the economy is difficult for everyone, particularly for those, like us, who depend upon vacation travel.  Vacation travel is one of the first things cut in a tough economy budget. So the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort is working with other LGBT owned businesses to provide special tours at a very attractive price.

First up,  Bears in Paradise Tours  have put together Bear Break: Maui !!  

Group tours are great for three reasons: 

1) Group tours allow the ‘economies of scale’ provide attractive pricing for our guests.  

2) They make the trip even more enjoyable for our guests as they can share vacation time with people that have similar interests.  

And 3) It removes the stress of vacation planning.  Tours make it so easy to have many of the activities already scheduled and booked for you. Plus you’ll make many new friends (or more) along the way!


 Hurry Book Now for 

Bear Break: Maui

March 24-31, 2012


10% Discount on All Bookings Made Before 11/15/11

Bears in Paradise is excited to bring you to: Maui.

The island is known for its lush tropical beauty, while the state of Hawaii is a leading jurisdiction for gay rights. In January 2012, Hawaii will register its first same-sex civil unions. A small but active gay community represented by Both Sides Now organizes social activities throughout the year.

Bear Break: Maui brings you an intimate experience with the destination. Activities are designed to move beyond the standard packed tourist offerings to find the authentic Hawaii.

Stroll miles a brown sugar beaches; explore the historic whaling town of Lahaina; wind your way along the breathtaking Hana Highway through lush tropical rainforest; climb Haleakala crater for a stunning view of neighbouring islands; go snorkelling along the coral reefs and view vividly coloured fish; search out your first – or perhaps twenty-first – Aloha shirt; sample a variety of Hawaiian delicacies, from the working man’s Plate Lunch and Loco Moco, through to locally sourced nouvelle cuisine.  

 Stay at the newly expanded and renovated Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, the only property of its kind in all of Hawaii. All rooms boast cooking facilities and California King beds. Rooms vary in size, with the largest sleeping six guests. There are clothing-optional hot tubs, sundeck and swimming pool. Amenities include complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, beach towels, local phone calls and much more. 

This is a GREAT DEAL for you.  Average cost for the entire week’s room booking and all tours/meals listed above is about $950/person, based on double occupancy. (Single occupancy, add about $600 on average)

Please visit the Bear Break: Maui page for rates, other details and information on how to book this exciting tour! Or feel free to call us at +1-808-879-1261 



GAY HAWAII…..Maui SunSeeker Expands

Most resort destinations really have two gay communities, and Maui is no different. The local community tends to socialize in their own ‘family’ in private homes, informal groups or a weekly excursion to the beach. Although the local community is typically low-key, there are fundraisers and social events happening often, and visitors are always welcome.

The other gay group on Maui is made up of vacationing singles or couples, many of whom return to the island every year. The scene on Maui isn’t focused so much on high energy or heavy cruising but more on enjoying the incredible beauty found here.

Whichever group you identify with, you’ll find lots of opportunities to have fun, participate in activities and mix with the locals. Information on current local gay activities can be found online at

From its heavenly beaches to its scenic natural wonders, there are plenty of reasons why Maui has been voted “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for more than a dozen years.

The second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Maui is 48 miles long and 26 miles across with a land area of 729 square miles.  But into that space is packed long, sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, rolling green pasture lands, dryland forests, and spectacular rocky cliffs. 

 Maui’s average temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees.  In one day you can huddle at the top of Haleakala Crater watching a sunrise in 40 degree weather, sit on the sand at Kihei enjoying the tradewinds at noon, and watch the sun set in the west in the cooler evenings.


Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort is the place on Maui where you can feel free to be yourself.  Welcoming all, but catering primarily to the gay and lesbian traveler, we are the largest gay owned and operated hotel in Hawaii serving the gay and lesbian market.  

Located in Kihei, on Maui’s beautiful south shore, Maui Sunseeker is the perfect place for gorgeous Pacific Ocean views, seasonal whale watching and magical Maui Sunsets.  

Currently in an expansion plan to grow the resort from 17 guests rooms to 30 rooms during 2011.  “We have exciting plans for the two new properties we have acquired that are adjacent to the current resort and one comes complete with a swimming pool.”

Come enjoy the view from your lanai or from their rooftop tanning deck.  Take a moonlit stroll or early morning walk along four mile long Mai Poina ‘Oe La’u Beach, just steps from your door at Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort!


They are celebrating  the Grand Opening of the New Sugar Beach Building 600! Poolside  full suites  and  more!

Want to convince yourself to get to Maui?
Check out the
Maui SunSeeker webcam!

Installed by Bump Networks, the HD technology is amazing. Not only can you control the camera for 2 minutes at a time by clicking on ‘Control’, you can move the tabs at the top to swing the camera left and right.

Find out why readers of Conde Nast Traveler, keep voting MAUI, Best Island,  for more than a dozen years!



GOING DOWN IN LA LA LAND with Casper Andreas and Matthew Ludwinski

Film in 2011  is 

Director Casper Andreas makes a departure from his previous films with “Going Down in La La Land”. It’s an adaptation of Andy Zeffer’s “slightly autobiographical” novel. Andreas is best known for his comedies “Slutty Summer” and “A Four Letter Word.”

A true New Yorker he captures the spirit of that city. He makes entertaining films that just so happen to be gay. They explore love and relationships with hilarious dialogue and a sense of whimsy and delight without leaning on typical gay tropes like gratuitous nudity and bad acting.

Not only is “Going Down in La La Land” set in Los Angeles but it also veers a little darker than Andreas’ earlier films. Adam (Matthew Ludwinski) is the epitome of “fresh meat.” He moves to LA with no job, headshot or clue. His best friend Candy (Allison Lane) is an aspiring actress who is a little long in the tooth but not lacking in enthusiasm. Unable to keep a job, he is lured into the world of porn by a sweet-talking photographer (Casper Andreas). He soon begins escorting and quickly falls in love with a high profile sitcom star John (Michael Medico). Life get dark fast and quickly slips out of his control.

Despite the somewhat dark themes of escorting and crystal meth abuse, there are some funny and delightful moments of the film. Andreas manages to capture the spirit of living in Los Angeles and its stunning and eccentric inhabitants. There’s hope and pathos in people trying their damndest to make a name for themselves. Like the source material, the film doesn’t give you what you would expect and has surprising and even tender fairy tale moments. There are even a few bitchy soap operatic lines just for good measure.

Ludwinski is realistic as the attractive yet simple goober that is easily led into a world of porn, drugs and prostitution. Andreas shows his acting versatility with his realistic and eerie portrayal of a crystal meth addict. The star of the film is by far Allison Lane who steals every scene as the definitive deluded actress. She’s willing to do anything to pay her rent and to make it in Hollywood except get a job. Embrem Pictures regular Jesse Archer makes a departure from his fun and frisky Luke character to play Adam’s bitchy boss Matthew. However, sadly he is not around half as much as he needed. There are also hilarious cameos by Judy Tenuta, Perez Hilton, Bruce Villanch and Alec Mapa.


May 7 The Boston LGBT Film Festival
(Andreas to attend)

May 12 
The Rainbow Film Festival in Honolulu
 (Star Matthew Ludwinski
& co-star Alec Mapa to attend)

May 25-31
Mix Milano Film Festival, Italy.

June 2-4 QCinema, Fort Worth (Andreas to attend)

More dates announced soon!


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