"The name Waikīkī means spouting fresh water in the Hawaiian language, for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikīkī from inland Oahu".
Country: United States
County: Honolulu County
Area Total 3.4 sq mi (9 km2)
High-rise hotels line the shore of the Waikiki strip, a vibrant neighborhood known for its popular surf culture. Designer fashion stores make up Kalakaua Avenue and nearby streets, and the district lights up after dark with waterside bars, fine dining and Kuhio Beach Hawaiian shows.
The area was vacation for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s who enjoyed surfing on longboards.
Some small hotels opened in the 1880s and in 1893, Greek-American George Lycurgus leased the guest house of Allen Herbert and renamed it the "Sans Souci" (French for "without worries") creating one of the first beach resorts. Later that year Robert Louis Stevenson stayed at the resort; subsequently it became a popular destination for tourists from the mainland.
Today, the area is filled with large resort hotels, such as the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Hyatt Regency Waikīkī, Marriott Waikiki, Sheraton Waikīkī, and historic hotels dating back to the early 20th century (such as the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel). The beach hosts many events a year, including surf competitions, outdoor performances, hula dancing and outrigger canoe races and the Honolulu Marathon which is a very popular event with many international participants.
Once you arrive in Honolulu you are on island time as
Waikiki is famous for lazy days on the beach, learning to surf, canoe/ catamaran rides but this is not all that attracts tourist form the world over.
For the shopper at heart there is the Waikele outlet stores, here you will find all your favourite brand names and its a short shuttle ride from Waikiki.
While in Waikiki it is a must to climb Diamond Head Crater, where you will be treated to amazing views of the coast line and greater Honolulu. its advisable to start your hike early as possible in the morning so yo can avoid the crowds and heat.
Cost is 1$ for walk ins and $5 dollars for cars. Take plenty of water and either take THEBUS or enjoy a leisurely walk back to the beach.
Another must is the Pearl Harbour Arizona Memorial which is free though you might need to book your departure time. The options of the USS Bowfin (submarine) and the USS Missouri (battleship) will set you back some coin but are very much well worth doing.
If Snorkelling is your thing then pay a visit to Hanauma Bay, again it is best to arrive early to avoid the crowds. There is a mandatory briefing about the do's and don't's when swimming at the reef so respect the rules and the marine life.
Thebus is the main mode of transport on the island and at a cost of $2.50 for a single trip or $5 for a 27hrs hop on hop off ticket, its pretty good value -
"Waikiki is a sister city with Freshwater Beach Australia - Duke Kahanamoku, who introduced surfing to Australia at Freshwater beach in 1915"
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