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Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha LGBTQ+ Awards

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Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha - The Meaning

"Knowledge is What We Seek Through Love and Friendships"


Aikane is An Ancient Hawaiian Title That Was Used For Same Sex Relationships. The Term Aikane Was Used To Describe Ho`omaka, Lawakua and Mahu, Which Describes Men Who Were Involved In Close Social or Sexual Relationships. Because of This High Ranking and Noble Class The LGBTQ+ Community of Hawaii Celebrates Our Hawaiian Culture and Lineage.

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About Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha LGBTQ+ Awards

The Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha Awards Seeks To Allow Our LGBTQ+ Community To Acknowledge and Recognize Individuals and Businesses Who Consistently Seek The Knowledge Through Love and Friendships In Order to Contribute, Inspire, Motivate and Serve  Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community in a Positive Manner and To Praise, Recognize and Acknowledge the Works of Our Unsung Heroes Who May Not Ordinarily Be Recognized By "Main Stream", Board Related or Other Awards.


The Spirit of the Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha LGBTQ+ Award Is To Truly Allow The Community To Recognize the Best of Gay Hawaii and Be The "People's Award" of the LGBTQ+ Community!


This Premiere LGBTQ+ Awards Program Was Founded and Created By Gay Island Guide In 2018 With Support of Local Community Members.

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Nominations and Voting

Award Nominations and Voting Are Open to The LGBTQ+ Community At-Large and Their Allies. All Nominations and Voting Are Done Online With Winners Announced At A Special Awards Reception.


After The Nomination Process All Nominees Are Reviewed To Ensure They Meet the Minimal Requirements of That Award Category and If So, They Are Included Into the Ballot For Voting. 


In General the Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha LGBTQ+ Awards Are Awarded Based On the Number of Votes Received From the Community With Exception of Certain Premiere Awards Which May Have Additional Qualification Requirements.


To Protect the Integrity, Value and Purpose of the Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha LGBTQ+ Awards, Gay Island Guide Reserves The Right To Make Any Changes or Amendments to The Program At Any Time With or Without Notice. 

Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha Award Categories

The Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha LGBTQ+ Awards Has The Following Established Categories That It Seeks To Recognize the Best of Gay Hawaii's Unsung Heroes, Individuals and Businesses Through Nomination and Voting By the LGBTQ+ Community At-Large.


All Individuals Must Reside in the State of Hawaii or Be An Active Duty Military Member Who Is Stationed In Hawaii. All Businesses, Groups or Organizations Must Have A Location or Regularly Do Business in the State of Hawaii. 

Premiere Individual Award Categories (7)

Na Alaka`i Kahua Award (The Leaders' Award)

Ho`opohaku Pono Award (Legacy Award)

Lokomaika`i I Ka Ha Award (Service of the Community)

Malama Kupuna Award (Service of The Elders)

Malama Opi`o Award (Service The Children)

Ho`ohiwahiwa Aloha Award (Customer Service)

Kokua Hana (Volunteer Award)

Individual Award Categories (7)

Best Bartender

Best DJ 

Best Musician, Music Group or Instrument Player

Best In Culinary Arts

Best Business Person

Best Attorney or Lawyer 

Best Friend or Ally of the LGBT Community

Premiere Business, Group or Organization Award Categories (6)

Ho`opohaku Pono Award (Legacy Award)

Lokomaika`i I Ka Ha Award (Service of Community)

Malama Kupuna Award (Service of The Elders)

Malama Opi`o Award (Service The Children)

Ike Lokomaika`i (Best Employer)

Ho`ohiwahiwa Aloha Award (Customer Service)

Business, Group or Organization Award Categories (16)

Best Social Group

Best Non-Profit or Charity

Best Show or Drag Show

Best Bar/Nightclub

Best Karaoke Bar

Best Performing Arts, Shows or LIVE Music Venue

Best Restaurant

Best Brunch

Best Real Estate Agency

Best Stylist or Fashion Designer

Best Auto Dealer

Best Medical Provider or Healthcare Facility

Best Gym/ Fitness Center

Best Hotel

Best Veteranarian

Best Activity or Attraction

Premiere Individual Award Categories

Na Alaka`i Kahua Award

The Na Alaka`i Kahua Award (The Leaders' Award) is the Most Prestigious Award Recognition of The Ho`omau Ike Aikane Aloha Awards. This Award Is Presented By Gay Island Guide in Tribute To A Leadership Camp That Our Founder Attended and Became a Staff Member of at Lahainalua on the Island of Maui. This Is Where He Credits Receiving Inspiration and Motivation to Be A Leader and the Value of Being A "Servant Leader" to Which All Should Be Included. 


This Award Recognizes An Individual Who Embodies The Values of Being A Servant Leader in the LGBTQ+ Community. Someone Who Though May Not Be A Business Owner or Hold a Title is a Leader in His or Her Own Right. 


The Na Alaka`i Kahua Award Recipient Will Ideally Embody and Practice All or a Majority of These Characteristics of Leadership in Serving The LGBTQ+ Community: Listening, Empathy, Healing, Awareness, Persuasion, Conceptualization,Foresight, Stewardship, Commitment to the Growth of People, Building Community and Humility.

Ho`opohaku Pono Award (Legacy)

The Ho`opohaku Pono (To Move Things Forward, To Make Right). This Legacy Award Is Presented To An Individual Who Has Contributed to the Betterment of Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community in a Positive Manner. They Have Impacted the Community To Help Keep the Future Bright Whether Through Volunteering, Giving Care For, Financial, Political, or Other Forms.

Lokomaika`i I Ka Ha Award (Service of Community)

The Lokomaika`i I Ka Ha (Service Community Through Breath) Award is Awarded to An Individual of the LGBTQ+ Community of Hawaii or Ally Who Is In the Service of the Greater Community. They Demonstrate the Ability to Be A Role Model, Show The Love of Service and Someone Who Demonstrates Love and Kindness to all People Regardless of Their Orientation, Race or Similar. This Recipient May Be, But is Not Limited To A Police Officer, EMT, Firefighter, Military Member,  A Volunteer or Any LGBTQ Community Member or Ally. 

Malama Kupuna Award (Service of The Elders)

The Malama Kupuna Award is Given to An Individual Who Has Demonstrated Their Commitment to The Service of Our Kupuna (Elders) and Especially Someone Who Has Directly or Indirectly Has Contributed to the Service and Care of LGBTQ+ Elders. This Award Recipient May Be But Is Not Limited To: A Nurse, A Doctor, A Care Giver, or Even A Family Member or Friend.

Malama Opi`o Award (Service The Children)

The Future of Our Community Is Very Important. This Premiere Malama Opi`o Award is Awarded to An Individual Who Has Demonstrated Their Commitment or Has Made An Impact For The Betterment of Our Community In the Service of Our Opi`o (Students) and Especially LGBTQ+ Children or Children of LGBTQ+ Families. This Recipient May Be A Teacher, Principal, Counselor, Volunteer, Coach or Ally. 

Ho`ohiwahiwa Aloha Award (Customer Service)

One of Hawaii's Largest Economies Is Our Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Non-the-Less With the Ho`ohiwahiwa Aloha Award We Will Recognize An Individual Who Consistently Demonstrates A Positive Impact of Their Guests In Any Guest Service, Hospitality or Retail Industry or Similar Within Hawaii and Especially Someone Who Ensures A Positive Guest Experience Regardless of A Persons Orientation or Similar Classifications. 

Kokua Hana (Volunteer Award)

The History of Our LGBTQ+ Community and the Future of It Has Been Strengthened By Many Volunteers Over The Years. Many Programs, Organizations and Other Opportunities Would Not Be Possible Today Without Volunteers Who Mainly Work Behind the Scenes To Ensure A Positive Outlook of These Programs, Events, Organizations or Other Opportunities. In Many Cases, Our Volunteers Are Truly The Unsung Heroes and We Will Recognize Someone Within Our LGBTQ Community or Ally With This Special Award.

Individual LGBTQ+ Award Categories

Best Bartender

Hawaii's Best Bartender is Someone Who Demonstrates Consistently A Positive Guest Experience to LGBTQ Guests and Guests in General, Has Demonstrated Bartending Skills, Knowledge of Specialty Cocktails, Wines and Beers and Truly Stands Out As Being Hawaii's Best! This Bartender May Be From Any Bar, Nightclub, Hotel, Restaurant or Similar. 

Best DJ

Hawaii's Best DJ Is Someone Who Has Demonstrated Their Commitment To Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community and Their Knowledge of Music In Which Celebrates Our Heritage in Past, Present and Future. This Recipient May Have Also Provided Services or Has Volunteered For Programs, Services or Events That Benefits Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community. This Award May Be an LGBTQ+ Community Member or Ally.

Best Musician, Music Group or Instrument Player

It Is No Secret That the Hawaii LGBTQ+ Community and Our Allies Are Full of Talented Musical Artist! This Award Celebrates A Hawaii Musician, Music Group, or Instrument Player Who Has Demonstrated Musical Talent and Has Contributed to Our LGBTQ+ Community and the Community As A Whole Through Being A Role Model and Positive Influence.

Best In Culinary Arts

If There's One Thing We All Enjoy Is Great Food! One of the Many Hidden Talents of Our LGBTQ+ Community That Is Not Celebrated Enough is the Great Talents of Our Chefs, Cooks and Other Culinary Arts Professionals and Hobbyist. This Award Seeks To Recognize the Talent of An LGBTQ+ Community Member In This Area for Their Commitment to Their Art Form and Their Quality Recipes, Methodology, or Presentation of Ensuring the Future of Culinary Arts in Hawaii.

Best Business Person

Our LGBTQ+ Community is Full Of Great Career Oriented Business Professionals in a Variety of Fields and with Businesses Big and Small.So Many of Them Go Unrecognized Time and Time Again For Their Contributions to the Betterment of Our LGBTQ+ Community and the Community At Large. This Award Recognizes Hawaii's Best LGBTQ+ Business Person and Their Positive Contributions and Leadership.

Best Attorney/Lawyer

For Generations, The LGBTQ+ Community At Large Including Hawaii's Has Had Its Share of Legal Battles From Civil Rights to Discrimination in the Workplace. Many Battles Have Been Won and Loss But Would Not Be Possible At Times Without Quality Attorney's Who Have Demonstrated Their Commitment to the Betterment of Our Community Through Their Skills, Talents and Time. In Many Cases, These Attorney's Have Even Volunteered Their Time and Resources. The Award Recognizes A Recipient Deserving of This Distinguished Award For Being Hawaii's Best Attorney or Lawyer. 

Best Friend or Ally of LGBTQ+ Community

This Award Recognizes A "Best Friend" or Ally of Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community. This Prestigious Award Seeks To Recognize Someone For Their Commitment in Being a Friend of Ally of Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community Even Though They May Identify As Being Heterosexual. This Award May Recognize Someone For A Variety of Reasons: Anti-LGBT Bullying, Political Advocacy for the Betterment of Our LGBTQ+ Community, Financial Support of LGBT Programs or Services or More! 

Premiere Business, Group or Organization Award Categories

Ho`opohaku Pono Award (Legacy Award)

The Ho`opohaku Pono (Legacy) Award Is An Business, Group or Organization Who Has Contributed to the Betterment of Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community in a Positive Manner. They Have Impacted the Community To Help Keep the Future Bright Whether Through Volunteering, Giving Care For, Financial, Political, or Other Forms.  






Lokomaika`i I Ka Ha Award (Service of Community)

The Lokomaika`i I Ka Ha Award is Awarded to A Business, Group or Organization of the LGBTQ+ Community of Hawaii or Ally Who Is In the Service of the Greater Community. They Demonstrate the Love of Service and show Love and Kindness to all People Regardless of Their Orientation, Race or Similar. This Business, Group or Organization Continually Supports Non-Profits, Programs or Services that Benefits Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community. 

Malama Kupuna Award (Service of The Elders)

The Malama Kupuna Award is Given to A Business, Group or Organization Who Has Demonstrated Their Commitment to The Service of Our Kupuna (Elders) and Especially Organizations Who Directly or Indirectly Has Contributes to the Service and Care of LGBTQ+ Elders. This Award Recipient May Be But Is Not Limited To: Care Homes, Hospice, Hospitals, Medical Clinics, Or Any Other Related Organization Committed to the Service and Care of Our Elders.

Malama Opi`o Award (Service The Children)

The Future of Our Community Is Very Important. This Premiere Malama Opi`o Award is Awarded to A Business, Group or Organization Who Has Demonstrated Their Commitment or Has Made A Positive Impact For The Betterment of Our Community In the Service of Our Keiki (Children) and Especially LGBTQ+ Children or Children of LGBTQ+ Families.   

Ike Lokomaika`i (Best Employer)

The Prestigious Ike Lokomaika`i Award Recognizes a Business, Group or Organization as Being Hawaii's Best LGBTQ+ Friendly Employer. This Employer Will Have Policies and Practices In Place That Help To Protect All Employees (Especially Those of Our LGBTQ+ Community) From Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying or Other Negative Forms of Disrespect. This Employer Makes All Employees Feel Welcome and Valued Regardless of Their Sexual Orientation or Similar Classifications and Provides For A Positive Work Environment.

Ho`ohiwahiwa Aloha Award (Customer Service)

One of Hawaii's Largest Economies Is Our Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Non-the-Less With the Ho`ohiwahiwa Aloha Award We Will Recognize A Business, Group or Organization Who Consistently Demonstrates A Positive Impact of Their Guests Experience In Any Guest Service, Hospitality or Retail Industry or Similar Within Hawaii and Especially An Organization Who Ensures A Positive Guest Experience Regardless of A Persons Orientation or Similar Classifications. 

Business, Groups and Organization Award Categories

Best Social Group

This Award Will Be Given To A Group or Organization That Focuses On or Welcomes Members From Our LGBTQ+ Community. This Group or Organization Ideally Meets Frequently Socially or Otherwise, They Make Positive Contributions to Hawaii's LGBTQ Community and Community at Large and Everyone Always Feels Welcomed and Not Discriminated Against. 

Best Non Profit/Charity

Many Services, Programs and Events Would Not Be Possible Without Hawaii's Non-Profit Organizations. Though All Are Very Important, The Award Will Recognize One Organization That The Community Acknowledges For Their Positive Contributions and Betterment of Hawaii's LGBTQ+ Community and Its People Through Its Work, Programs, Services or Events. 

Best Performing Arts, Shows or LIVE Music Venue

This Award Will Recognize the Venue in Which Our Community Views As Hawaii's Best Venue To See or Enjoy The Performing Arts, Shows or LIVE Music Regardless Of Our Orientation or Any Other Classification.

Best Show or Drag Show

Like Everywhere in the World and Especially Because of Our Amazing Cultural Diversity, Hawaii Has No Shortage of Great Shows and Drag Shows.This Award Seeks To Recognize the Best Show in Hawaii (Drag or Not!). A Show Where All Are Welcomed and A Show In Which We Feel Is of Great Quality and Enjoyment.

Best Bar/Nightclub

There Are Many Great Bars and Nightclubs Across the State of Hawaii - Small and Large. The Award Will Recognize Who The People Believe is Hawaii's Best Bar or Nightclub Where Members of the LGBTQ+ Community Feel Welcome and Safe To Enjoy Our Great Nightlife!

Best Karaoke Bar

One of the Most Popular Things to Do in Hawaii is Enjoy A Great Time with Friends at One of Hawaii's Many Karaoke Bars! The Award Will Recognize Hawaii's Best Karaoke Bar Who is LGBTQ+ Friendly and Our Community Always Feels Welcomed and Valued. 

Best Restaurant

Besides Great Food and Quality Service -This Restaurant is A Restaurant That The LGBTQ+ Community Feels Welcomed and Not Discriminated Against By the Restaurants Owners or Staff. It is Also A Restaurant That Our Community Feels Would Not Allow Another Customer Make an LGBTQ+ Member Feel Uncomfortable or Unwelcomed Based On Orientation.

Best Brunch

Best Real Estate Agency

Best Stylist or Fashion Designer

Best Auto Dealer

Best Medical Provider or Healthcare Facility

Best Gym/Fitness Center

Best Hotel

Best Veternarian

Best Activity or Attraction