Although 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year-of-change for everyone, we’ve also seen the generosity and resilience that results when a community embraces diversity, inclusion and solidarity. That remarkable spirit of Aloha with Pride has been, and continues to be, our strength and our inspiration.
Sadly, COVID-19 has kept us apart this year, requiring that we temporarily close the LGBTQ Center Honolulu, and cancel our community events and fundraisers like Splash, our Gala and the Community Picnic. Yet the LGBTQ+ community’s creative and enthusiastic participation in the 2020 Honolulu Pride Virtual Celebration was truly amazing: heartfelt, engaged, fabulous!
Honolulu Pride’s theme for 2020 was “Shaka and Shine”– a great way to virtually share LGBTQ+ love and pride, while respecting and protecting our friends, families and community.
Honolulu Pride also presented a special new half hour program “Aloha With Pride: Shaka and Shine”. Produced by Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation and Lei, it explores the history of LGBTQ+ culture in Hawaii, profiles trailblazers in the community, and shares diverse voices on what “Aloha, With Pride” truly means. This inspiring and fun local show, hosted by Matt Guevera and Francine Beppu, with various interviews and performances, features the World Premiere of Shaka and Shine, an original song produced by Honolulu Pride and performed by Keilana.
This special program was broadcast on KHON2 on October 15th at 7:00 pm, KHII on October 16th at 8:00 pm, KHII on October 17th at 6:30 pm, and KHON2 on October 18th at 7:00 pm. The program was also live-streamed on KHON2.com, KHON’s Facebook, and KHON’s You Tube.
Watch the special commercial-free version of “Aloha With Pride: Shaka And Shine” on our website homepage here.
For more information about “Aloha With Pride: Shaka And Shine” please contact Francince Beppu at email@example.com
In honor of Honolulu Pride Month, the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation hosted Rainbow Town Hall, a series of virtual panel discussions from Oct. 14 -28. Educators, health care providers, members of the business community and activists on the front lines discuss how to move forward on critical issues facing Hawaii’s LGBTQIA community: criminal justice, inclusive education, the economic impact of COVID-19, stigma and mental health and safe and stable housing.
You can watch the Rainbow Town Hall videos here.
If you have questions about Rainbow Town Hall, email Randy Soriano at firstname.lastname@example.org
Official 2020 Honolulu Pride merchandise has arrived: caps and t-shirts and, new for this year, a fabulous holographic fanny pack. And we still have some vintage gear from 2019 Pride including “Flying Rainbow Musubi” shirts, beach towels and pins, as well as the highly collectible limited edition 2020 promotional “Vision Test” t-shirt. Get your Pride while supporting Honolulu Pride and the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation. Just head over to honolulupride.com/shop
Though the official Honolulu Pride events this year are virtual, the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation sponsored the physical installation of Rainbows Over Waikiki: more than 120 rainbow banners along Ala Moana Blvd. and Kalakaua Ave. from Oct. 10 – 24.
We may be social distancing, but we were proud to share these visible signs of LGBTQIA Pride and Aloha as a vital part of Hawaii’s diverse and inclusive culture. Until we can all be together again…
If you’d like to support the Rainbows Over Waikiki project, please contact Tim L. Jones at email@example.com
On October 17, the inaugural Honolulu Pride Virtual After Party was live streamed on our website. Hosted by Candi Shell and DJ My Friend George, it featured video contributions from Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community, music and performances, shout outs, and our first ever Tiny Float Parade!.
Click on the titles to watch videos from the Virtual After Party and the Tiny Float Parade.
The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation has also made a special donation of $2,000 each to four organizations providing critical help to the people of Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic: Aloha Harvest, Gregory House Programs, Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center and Hawaii Foodbank.
Consider showing your Pride during this time of social distancing by making a donation to a charity that’s making a difference in our communities. Together, we can support one another today, and build a better tomorrow.
For more information, please contact a member of the Honolulu Pride team:
General Inquiries and Honolulu Pride Virtual After Party:
Rainbows Over Waikiki:
Tim L. Jones