Oahu is home to seventy percent of the Hawaiian Islands' population. Honolulu, the capital city, business, educational and tourism center of the State, is in the urban area along the typically sunny southern shore, which is where the majority of Oahu's residents live. The rest of the island is rural or suburban, where the scenic windward coast is dominated by towering green cliffs and lush tropical foliage, and the rural north shore is dotted with world-famous surfing beaches.

While Oahu's gay community is large and diverse, the majority of gay bars, nightclubs and businesses are in Honolulu's beach resort area at Waikiki, wherein lie most of the island's tourist accommodations. Famous for its stretch of reef-protected white sand beach and wide variety of restaurants and shops, Waikiki is an ideal base for the visitor who wishes to experience Hawaii's many cultural, recreational and sightseeing opportunities, as well as having convenient access to choices in gay nightlife.