LGBT Tourists are on their way to Maui to celebrate Maui Pride with locals and visitors this weekend. The Hawaii island of Maui is in for a diverse schedule of star studded events October 2-4.
Maui Pride is a non-profit organization founded “to encourage, celebrate, and educate all people of the positive diversity of the LGBTQ community” The Maui Pride Weekend is held annually during the first weekend in October to celebrate LGBT heritage and culture. This and other Maui Pride events held throughout the year promote the ongoing integration of the LGBT community with the local Maui community. Through ongoing fundraising efforts and sponsorship support, Maui Pride offers annual scholarship awards to help qualifying individuals pursuing post-secondary educational goals. Scholarship recipients are announced during an annual awards event
Friday, October 2nd
The Maui Pride Weekend kicks off with a mini concert by Maui’s own Keali’I Reichel to open the 2nd Annual Maui Pride Film Festival from 6 – 9:30 pm on Friday, October 2nd at the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort in Kihei. Following dinner and an outdoor screening of the award-winning film, Kumu Hina, Hina Wong-Kalu will be present to discuss the landmark film.
After the film, guests will move to the Love Is Love dance party at Kono’s On The Green in Kihei from 10pm to 1am. Maui’s own DJ Playwfire Ono will be working the dance floor.
Saturday, October 3rd
Maui’s LGBT Hiking group will conduct a special hike (8 am until Mid-day) just 2023 feet shy of the top of Haleakala at Haleamau’u Trail (The Switchbacks).
The Love is Love Community Pride Festival runs from 11 am to 3 pm on the Great Lawn at the University of Hawaii at Maui with live entertainment featuring Louis & Lewis, Cheryl Rae and special guest Tommy Fernandez. Come enjoy the vendor booths and dine at your favorite Maui food trucks.
The Maui Pride Gala Awards Dinner is from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Kahili Club in Wailuku. Beginning with a meet & great cocktail hour with headline entertainer, Kristine W and world renowned DJ Roland Belmares, a sumptuous dinner follows with entertainment by Maui’s own beloved WenLu Duffy. The The 2015 Maui Pride Scholarship recipients and other honorees serving the LGBT community will be presented by Ms. Hawaii 2015, Flecha Tovar and Hawaii State Senator Roz Baker. The Scholarship award winners will be announced then.
The Maui Pride Community Honor goes to the Maui Aids Foundation for years of extraordinary service and support for people with HIV and AIDS related diseases. The Maui Aids Foundation has been in the trenches for more than 27 years and is still providing the finest community service.
Deborah Vial and Caron Barrett will be honored for their many years of supporting Maui Pride and many other community organizations with their financial support, volunteer work and even lending out their home.
Following the Awards Dinner, the Maui Pride Concert and Love Wins Dance Party kicks in from 9 pm to 1 am at the Kahili Club featuring the dance music of Diva Kristine W and DJ Roland Belmares.
SUNDAY, October 4th
Maui Pride Breakfast – 10am – 1pm, Nalu’s South Shore. Nalu’s will donate a portion of the $18 buffet to Maui Pride to help defer some of the Pride Weekend costs.
Love is Love Beach Party – 1 pm to 7 pm at Secret Beach, Wailea. This non-sponsored event is not just a day at the beach, it’s a special opportunity to mix and mingle and have fun in the sun with the locals and visitors to the island for this special weekend. Bring your own beach gear and packed coolers to Secret Beach for this free event that is open to all ages.
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