My GF and I are going to be in Oahu in a few months and are planning on spending most of our time on Waikiki Beach with a few days going up to the north shore to check out those beaches. We enjoy being topless while at the beach but don't want to feel out of place. I know its legal to be topless on the beaches of Hawaii and was just wondering what the attmospher there is like toward topless sunbathing.
May I ask what you have experiances been while there? Wow, some people are really passionate about this. As a European now living in Australia I don't see the problem with discreet topless sunbathing. It is not my experience that females tanning topless do so for attention. It may not be the local custom to sunbathe topless, so I can understand the locals objecting on moral grounds. However, I do find it a little wierd that some contributors have the opinion that as tourists have spent a lot of money to come to Hawaii they should have the right to impose their morals and beliefs on others, but to exercise the legal right to sunbathe topless having spent an equal amount of money is somehow selfish and inconsiderate.
Topless sunbathing, along with breatfeeding, is not a sexual act. However, during our walk through Waikiki yesterday evening we passed several sex shops plus there are many sex shops, strip joints and massage parlours near the convention centre. I'm sure dirty old men and women are more interested in these places. Maybe Hawaiians are not as uptight as many contributors would have us believe.
You must go inside those sex shops to see what's inside. Breast feeding if not covered in some public areas is not appropriate either, sex act or not.
How exactly can you discreetly go topless on a crowded beach? Pushing values or morals goes both ways. When in Europe, going topless may not be a big deal on any given beach. Hawaii is not in Europe! Going topless on a crowded Waikiki beach is not normal.
Discreet topless sunbathing usually means finding a quieter part of the beach, laying down to sunbathe and taking your bikini top off while lying down, replacing it before getting up.
As opposed to finding the most crowded part of the beach, stripping off and doing a series of exercises and other actions to draw attention to yourself think jumping jacks. I'm sure a lot of people would find someone discreetly topless sunbathing a lot less annoying than the dimwits who turn up at the beach who think they can throw a football and insist on demonstrating their lack of talent in the most crowded part of the beach..
The dichotomy in Honolulu between having so many strip clubs often called "Korean Bars", a term which is no longer politically correct and yet a culture which generally dresses quite modestly is fascinating. But that is the way it is over here.
Morally, folks heads are all kapakahi crooked or messed-up because of the fusion between the native, missionary and Asian influences. In the past week I have walked from Sans Souci Beach near Diamond Head through Waikiki and Ala Moana Park to Kewalo Basin on several occasions, including yesterday, and not seen a single female topless sunbather older than about 7. And, you should know the strip clubs are not kept in business by "dirty old men", but young guys looking for a place to party before or after going clubbing. They are often the best dressed guys with the best jobs around, and there are more younger women than one would expect.
For good or bad, they are gradually being phased out by the govt which hopes to elminate all of them in the Kapiolani Avenue corridor over the next decade.
There are only a handful left, where 25 years ago there were dozens. Keep those girls covered. No one wants to see them. Go to Cancun or elswhere. Respect the places that you travel to. Sara didn't ask about discreet topless sunbathing. She asked about "being topless while at the beach" which to me means all activities are performed topless. And would it be out of place, the simple answer being Yes, that would. People responded like they did because she acted like she didn't want to be out of place but then said I'm paying to go so I'll do what I want.
If your cool about being out placed and not worried about having some pervert taking pics of you without knowing then GO for it girl and enjoy ur time in Hawaii :. I have seen some girls topless, and my gf went topless in some beaches that weren't crowded.. AND that's what I recommend you and ur gf to do, go check out the other beaches, not Waikiki.. We personally didn't like Waikiki beach that much, lots of rocks, lots of families with there kids that makes any adult avoid having that extra mile of fun ;.
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