Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, the world famous neighborhood known as Waikiki was first introduced to the world when the first hotel, the Moana Surfrider was built in 1901 on it’s shores. Waikiki is a great gathering place for visitors to come from near and far. With many different Hawaii activities to do and enjoy, you will find that there is something do for anyone in your party. Try out surfing! With a picture perfect backdrop and calm waters, this makes Waikiki the perfect place to have a surf lesson. Surf the same waters that the legendary Duke Kahanamoku did. Duke grew up surfing the waves right here in Waikiki. Taking the Gold Medal in the Olympics for swimming, Duke taught visitors how to surf at the turn of the century. He later became known as “The father of modern surfing”. By teaching visitors how to surf and canoe, the Waikiki Beach Boys like to perpetuate Duke’s legacy. There is a statue on Waikiki known as the Duke Kahanamoku Statue that has become an iconic symbol of Waikiki today.
Although Waikiki is best known for its beaches, there is a handful of other activities to enjoy as well, like world-class shopping, fine dining, a variety of activities, entertainment, and of course luxurious resorts to stay in, you can’t go wrong when one visits Waikiki. There are many attractions either on or near Waikiki such as the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium, both which offer fun for the whole family. Walk along the Waikiki Historical Trail, its marked with surfboards with different readings on them about the history of Waikiki. All along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues, there is plenty of shopping, dining, and places to gather like the Waikiki Beach Walk or the Royal Hawaiian Center. If you are a night owl, then you will surely enjoy the nightlife and live music after one of Waikiki’s gorgeous sunsets. You will also find that within a half an hour from Waikiki, there are many of Oahu’s finest attractions such as: Pearl Harbor, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Iolani Palace, and Hanauama Bay. Other things that may interest you include the Ala Moana Center, Chinatown, and the local neighborhood of Kapahulu.
Here in Waikiki, you are guaranteed to catch the spirit of aloha. With plenty of activities to do, and much to see, Waikiki can offer you a true Hawaiian experience. From surfing the waves to eating a fine Hawaiian cuisine, you wont ever want to leave this fun and famous paradise.