Thank you for read­ing Lei. If you had the chance to pick up a copy of the first is­sue, we hope you en­joyed it.

Lei - - Table Of Contents - Aloha, Joe Bock Pub­lisher @joe­bock

We weren’t en­tirely sure how the de­but of our LGBT travel mag­a­zine ded­i­cated to Hawai‘i would be re­ceived, but thank­fully, the re­sponse was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive! Your com­ments and sup­port are much ap­pre­ci­ated and have en­cour­aged us to con­tinue shar­ing the cul­ture of our is­land home.

We’ve de­vel­oped new fea­ture sto­ries in this is­sue, but our mes­sage re­mains the same. Ever-present is the theme of di­ver­sity. Hawai‘i is rich with it, both in na­ture and in com­mu­nity. Due to its size and lo­ca­tion, Hawai‘i has had the ben­e­fit of serv­ing as a melt­ing pot to a de­gree not yet seen in most of the world. As a re­sult, the sto­ries we pub­lish are nat­u­rally a mix of cul­tures, points of view, and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. Hawai‘i LGBT folks started blend­ing with the main­stream com­mu­nity a long time ago, and we in­vite you to ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self.

Our is­lands have en­joyed an up­swing in LGBT tourism since the De­cem­ber 2013 pass­ing of the Hawai‘i Mar­riage Equal­ity Act. All es­ti­mates for the num­ber of same-sex wed­dings were quickly sur­passed, and our lo­cal com­mu­nity couldn’t be more ex­cited about it. More than ever be­fore, gay trav­el­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what we’ve known for a long time: Hawai‘i is beau­ti­ful, friendly, and all-around amaz­ing.

In­cluded in this is­sue and pub­lished on­line through­out the year are spot­lights on LGBT-owned and other busi­nesses of in­ter­est, plus fea­tures on wed­dings, fes­ti­vals, arts, ad­ven­ture, and much more. We hope you en­joy it and share it with your friends and fam­ily. Please visit our web­site for ad­di­tional fea­ture sto­ries and year-round up­dates on the best LGBT events in the state.

If you hap­pen to make the trip, please share your ex­pe­ri­ences with us. We en­joy hear­ing from you and hope to see you around soon.

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