Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand celebrates 43 years

Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand 43rd Anniversary Party is set for Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. with drinks specials, live music, dancing and more. A portion of the door proceeds benefit the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival in memory of Adam Baran. Tickets are on sale now at all locations listed below.

Hula’s will be offering drinks and pupu by Hula’s Bar Bites. The anniversary line-up includes DJ Mr. Nick [Honolulu], live music with Mahiai Kekumu & GJ [Honolulu] and music videos by DJ Kuya [Seattle]. “The anniversary party is one of the events that we look forward to every summer. It’s an event that allows us to reflect on how far we’ve come, as a bar and a community overall, and also look to future,” said Hula’s manager Brian Navarette.

Hula’s is popular among the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. It opened in 1974 on Kuhio Street in Waikiki under a big banyan tree. In 1998, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand relocated to its current location at the Waikiki Grand Hotel, offering views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach sunsets.

Event: Hula’s 43rd Anniversary,
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Event Time: 7:00 pm – 2:00 am (21 and up)
Location: Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand (134 Kapahulu Ave 2nd floor, Waikiki Grand Hotel, enter through lobby)
Price: $12.00 includes two beverages and pupus by Ginniberries with a portion donated to the #HRFF28 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
Tickets: Available at Hulas Bar & Lei Stand and Hulas.com

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