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