HONOLULU PRIDE™ 2018


Please note: the Honolulu Pride™ Parade is a free event for all who want to participate or attend. No one will be charged any fees by the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation although donations are fine and greatly appreciated. Any Parade Entry fee charged for participation in Honolulu Pride™ will be reimbursed upon request.

The 2018 Honolulu Pride™ Parade + Festival will be Saturday, October 20.

Rainbows Over Waikiki  — dozens of Pride Banners along Kalakaua Avenue sharing LGBTQ aloha — has kicked off 2018 Honolulu Pride™ Month! Take a selfie with a banner and share it using #rainbowsoverwaikiki.

The Honolulu Pride™ Parade, on Kalakaua Avenue in the heart of Waikiki, begins on Magic Island at 11am on Saturday, October 20. Register your group here or contact Willie Sabel for more information.


Meet the 2018 Honolulu Pride™ Parade Grand Marshal Kelly Sanders.

In honor of his tireless efforts and innumerable contributions to our community, Honolulu Pride™ is proud to announce Kelly Sanders as our 2018 Grand Marshal. Kelly is also the recipient of the 2018 Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation Visionary Award.

He is committed to serving the community through his engagement on multiple boards including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Diamond Head Theater, and American Red Cross. For the last five years, he has served as the Creative Entertainment Director for the Heart Ball, benefiting the American Heart Association.

With over 30 years of hospitality experience, Kelly recently joined Highgate as Vice President of Operations, overseeing six hotels in Waikiki including the new ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Kelly was previously the Area General Manager for Marriott Hawaii.

“I find passion in inspiring and supporting our community,” he says. “We are all a part of these beautiful islands. Each of us must contribute where and how we can to help our communities thrive and show the world the true essence of the Aloha spirit.”

Please join us in welcoming Kelly Sanders as the 2018 Honolulu Pride™ Grand Marshal.


The Honolulu Pride™ Festival, at Diamond Head Greens, follows the Parade, and continues until 6pm. Plus there are more than 30 additional Pride Month events hosted by Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community scheduled during October.

Click here, or on the image below, to see the full schedule, and save the dates. We’ll see you soon!

Look for the Honolulu Pride™ Celebrate the Rainbow Community Flag at upcoming Pride Month events, and share your message of love, unity and hope. The flag will lead the Pride Parade on October 20, and then welcome festival goers at the entrance of Diamond Head Greens. Photos: Jen May Pastores and Willie Sabel

Official 2018 Honolulu Pride™ merchandisecaps, shirts, pins and more are now available. Click here to visit our online store, and get your Pride on! 

And be sure to check out special offers from our Travel Partners here.

To learn more about how you can become involved in Honolulu Pride™, contact one of the the Pride Planning Committee members below.

Honolulu Pride™ Planning Committee and Sponsorships Chair:  Jim Miller

Honolulu Pride™ Festival Chair: Will Coleman

Honolulu Pride™ Parade and Rainbows Over Waikiki Chair: Willie Sabel 

Honolulu Pride™  Media, Marketing and Advertising Co-Chairs: Joe Bock and Francine Beppu

Honolulu Pride™ Finance and Contracts Chair: Melvin Jadulang

Honolulu Pride™ Festival Entertainment Chair: Walter Enriquez 

Honolulu Pride™ Volunteer Chair: Randy Jadulang

Honolulu Pride™ Social Events Chair: Sean Barrett


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