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Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand celebrates 37 years in Waikiki

Happy Jack Law Day

Juergen T. Steinmetz  Jul 16, 2011

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercombie declared July 14, 2011 the official "Jack Law Day." The governor's proclamation was presented to Jack Law at the 37th birthday celebration for Hula's Lei Stand and Bar in Waikiki on Thursday night.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS Jack Law was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spent his early childhood years in Detroit, Michigan; moved to Hawaii in 1966 to seek refuge from the harsh Michigan winters.

Jack Law became friends with Eaton "Nob" Magoon, Jr., a local boy whose family owned the Magoon Estate. Through Bob Magoon, Jack Law was introduced to the Hawaiian culture, songwriting, and producing.

Jack Law ventured into the real estate business after experiencing the entertainment industry in Hawaii. When a portion of Waikiki property belonging to the Magoon estate became available on the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kalaimoku Street Bob Magoon and Jack Law decided to turn the establishment into a bar.

Jack Law and Bob Magoon turned the vacant property into "Hula's Bar and Lei Stand," a legendary establishment, which became the spot for the biggest parties and events in Waikiki. Famous celebrities including Elton John, Dolly Parton, and Barry Manilow were some of Hula's Bar and Lei Stand's notable patrons. Since its opening in 1974, Hula's Bar and Lei Stand has been recognized worldwide as a fixture of the Waikiki scene and as a gathering place for Hawaii's gay community.

Jack Law set his eyes on a vacant building in 1979, which would soon become "The Wave Waikiki." Jack Law found himself in a dilemma with two competing businesses. As a result, the "Wave Waikiki" became an entity in itself and became the ideal venue for live rock and roll and punk music in Waikiki.

Jack Law's accomplishments include, being known as the most influential advocate for gay culture in Honolulu, appointed by Governor John Waihe'e and Governor Benjamin Cayetano to serve on the State of Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. He became founding board member of the Life Foundation. He founded the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation, and the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

Jack Law and friends celbrated the 37th anniversary of Hula's Bar and Lei Stand on July 14, 2011

Therefore I, Neil Abercrombie, Governor, and I, Brian Schatz, lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim July 14, 2011 as "Jack Law Day" in Hawaii and urge the people of the Aloha State to join us in recognizing Jack Law and his contributions to the culture and arts in Hawaii.

Happy Jack Law Day
Jack Law, owner Hula's Bar and Lei Stand, Waikiki / Photo by Scott Foster

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