Hawaii’s Top Attractions – Waikiki Beach
Along the southeastern portion of Oahu resides one of the most famous stretches of beaches in the world, where the powder white sand fronts clear ocean water that flows into the most incredible blue water you will ever see. This stretch of the island is well known among visitors to the island as the place to stay on Oahu, and the area has a long history dating back to the earliest days of the island’s inhabitance.
Waikiki Beach is easily the most popular place to stay on Oahu, with over 100 hotels lining the streets. With easy access to the ocean and plenty of activities to keep visitors busy, many spend a large part of their vacation frolicking the warm water, or just enjoying the beach. One of the most prominent landmarks in Hawaii, Diamond Head, stands over the area, keeping watch over the popular beach and hotels.
In the earliest days of Hawaii, Waikiki was a wetland, with streams, rivers, and springs flowing into the area from the rainforest. The word, Waikiki, translates to “spouting water”, taken from the natural springs that spouted from the area. In the 1800s, the area started to be developed for use by Hawaiian royalty, who traveled to Waiki to escape the busy city of Honolulu. Though it wasn't the city that we know today, Honolulu was the primary trading post for the island, and the capitol building was located at the Iolani Palace, with other buildings used by the Kingdom.
The streets of Waikiki are bustling; with countless restaurants found throughout the area, just waiting to be discovered. From fresh sushi to well known national restaurants, you can find anything you desire in Waikiki. The most appealing aspect of dining along Waikiki is the outdoor seating that allows you to enjoy the beautiful weather and have a great meal.
Tours and activities depart Waikiki daily, and many include hotel pick-up and drop off, making the convenience of a day out on the island ideal for anyone. Waikiki has long been the hub of Oahu, and there is no doubt that you will spend plenty of time taking part in great activities, strolling the streets, or just enjoying the beach. The area is filled with historic sites, like the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian, both iconic hotels that have been in use for over 100 years. Waikiki Beach is a special place, and one of the top attractions in Hawaii.
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