Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand celebrated its 43rd Anniversary this past Wednesday, July 19, 2017, giving them by far the title of the longest running nightclub in Hawaii, still operated by its original owner, Mr. Jack Law. If you’re old enough to remember, Hula’s original location was on Kuhio Avenue under a massive Banyan tree, with its also once-famous next door neighbor being Hamburger Mary’s. That original location is now the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki Beach Luxury Residences.
Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand is now located in the Waikiki Grand Hotel, right across the Honolulu Zoo, and has been there for over 20 years now. In fact, Hula’s actually celebrates TWO anniversaries now, with one being their total existence, which is what the 43rd Anniversary party this past Wednesday was for, and the other for their time spent in their newer current location.
Hula’s is and always has been an icon in Hawaii’s LGBT community, not just as a bar, but also as a strong supporter of issues such as AIDS awareness and equal rights.
If you’ve ever ran a nightclub in Honolulu, or know someone who has, you know how difficult it is to survive 1 year, or 10 years, let alone 43 years in business. Truly a milestone in every sense of the word!
The 43rd Anniversary party was $12 cover charge, and included complimentary food from Hula’s Cafe by Ginneberries, 2 drinks, live contemporary Hawaiian music with Hula dancers and live DJ dance music finishing the night off.
Hats off to you Mr. Jack Law for the amazing work you’ve done, and the iconic place here in Hawaii you’ve created for the entire world to enjoy over DECADES for the LGBT community, and straights such as myself alike (yes, I’m straight). Mahaloz, and cheers to many, many more years to come for Hula’s!
Following is photo coverage from Hula’s 43rd Anniversary event that took place this past Wednesday. Enjoy. ;-)