The 2016 Honolulu Pride™ Parade + Festival brought together Hawaii’s diverse and vital LGBTQ+ community, our friends, families and allies. It was two weeks of festivities celebrating our bonds of love, friendship and aloha.
More than 150 rainbow flags waved over Waikiki for 14 days, thanks to sponsors including businesses, community groups, families and individuals.
More than 20 events presented by sponsors, clubs, hotels, and community partners led up to this year’s parade and festival.
2016 Honolulu Pride™ Grand Marshals
Dr. David McEwan and former Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (pictured here with Mayor Kirk Caldwell, center) were our Grand Marshals for 2016. We were honored to welcome these long-time equality advocates to our festivities!
With more than 20,000 viewers, 60+ parade entrants, 115 moving units and over 1,000 participants, the pride parade continues to grow every year.
New Festival Venue: Diamond Head Greens
Over 3,000 festival goers attended the 2016 Pride Festival at Diamond Head Greens, and more than 45 groups–LGBTQ-friendly businesses, community organizations, craft and food vendors–had booths at this year’s festival.
Honolulu Pride™ is helping create the next wave of global awareness of Honolulu’s welcoming and diverse culture. Highlights of this year’s festival were featured in mainstream, travel and lifestyle publications, both locally and nationally.
The festival featured more than seven hours of continuous entertainment on two festival stages by incredible artists like Yvonne Elliman, Men in Grey Suits, Bria & Chrissy, Manila Luzon, Derrick Barry, David Hernandez, DJ Vaughn, Caravan of Glam, Damien Levine, Phong Tran and many, many others. Amazing!
“It’s fitting that the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation has chosen ‘I Am Pride’ as the theme for this year’s festival since it reflects a sense of openness that has become a trademark of our great city…”
Thanks to Olelo Community Media and special celebrity hosts Keoki Kerr and Jodi Leong, the broadcast of the 2016 parade is available online for a worldwide audience of viewers. Enjoy!
As part of the 2016 festival we offered workshops and programs to empower LGBTQ+ youth. Special thanks to the artists, entertainers and activists who participated, including Bria and Chrissy, Mark Kanemura and Caravan of Glam.
We asked everyone who attended the festival to make a voluntary donation of $5 to help cover some of the costs. Mahalo to everyone who donated; we sincerely appreciate your kokua! You can still support the Foundation and next year’s festival. Just click here.
Over 35 sponsors helped make this year’s parade and festival possible, standing with Honolulu’s LGBTQ+ community to celebrate diversity, inclusion and aloha. Thank you!