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When Honolulu’s Legendary Gay Bars Closed

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Out Traveler a piece on Waikiki’s vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife.We booked a week in December, reached out to a bunch of people in the local community, and counted the days.

There was flooding in Honolulu about 10 days before our arrival, but it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm.We didn’t know it, but something more insidious was quietly throwing off our plans.

On December 3, there was an unusual COVID cluster traced to gay clubs in Waikiki. Within a week, contact tracing revealed 27 people had contracted the just-emerging Omicron variant.

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