Waikiki Beach – The Surfing Capital of the World!

July 14, 2010 by  
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Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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Amazing Beaches!

Waikiki is the perfect place to be if you are a water sports enthusiast.  With a combination of Hawaiian traditions and American lifestyle imbued in their sandy beaches and spectacular waves, along with prime seafood restaurants and luxury resorts, resisting this place will definitely prove futile.  Everywhere you look in Waikiki – the views are simply breathtaking.  Prominent figures in the 20th century such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Keniji Osano and Robert Lewis Stevenson have marvelled in the spectacular beauty that is Waikiki.  Just last year visitors coming to Waikiki’s beautiful beaches, fine seafood restaurants and world-class resorts have come to around seven million!

It is in this place where you can enjoy surfing in the sparkling blue waters that only Waikiki can offer.  Located on the island of Oahu, Waikiki Beach is simply the world’s best beach full of thrills and excitement.  This place is also where the exhilarating sport of surfing had begun, which was also one of the most popular non-Olympic sports in the 21st century.

Waikiki has certainly been blessed with numerous gifts from Mother Nature, and human nature as well!  The island is bordered by a natural array of tropical gardens and breathtaking natural formations.  It is here where you can experience living in an unhurried atmosphere of a modern small town.  Waikiki Beach offers water temperatures of 75 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 24 to 25 degrees Celsius on average in the month of March.  During the month of August, water temperatures rise to around 77 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 to 28 degrees Celsius on the average.  When it comes to beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious resorts, nothing comes close to Waikiki – this place is one of the more secluded beaches of either the Pacific or America.  If by chance you are in Hawaii’s capital Honolulu, the beaches of Waikiki is just an hour away using the city’s modern transport system.

Waikiki has captured the hearts of foreigners for many centuries.  It has been a place of recreation for the royal family of Hawaii ever since the 1860’s.  It has also has been frequented by thousands of US soldiers serving in the armed forces during the World War II.  And who can forget that ever popular 1977 TV series produced by Aaron Spelling?  His glamorous and gorgeous angels invaded the Waikiki coastline to dish out some hot and spicy action…yes your right, its Charlie’s Angels!

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Waikiki eating tips

July 13, 2010 by  
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Waikiki Streetfront
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Dining here at Hawaii can be kind of like a battle for most people.  Food here is usually either too light, such as shaved ice for instance, or simply too heavy, such as the burgers served at Chilis.

Despite that, there is no scarcity of food here in Waikiki.  At Perrys Smorgy on Kuhio Drive, you can enjoy a variety of buffet offerings, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll always have something new to dip your taste buds into.  From low end fast food chains to popular fine dining restaurants, there’s always something to suitable for everyone here.

When you travel you young children, it is not uncommon that they always want to dine in fast food restaurants.  Be careful with this though, as one family I knew had their children experience some health problems due to having too much McDonald’s food.  The key here is to have variety of balanced meals, and having to eat just like you do when you’re at home.

Breakfast is very important, and it is this time that you should have a decent meal.  Based on our experience, the IHOP on Kuhio was quite too much food for most children, and food is easily thrown to waste if you can’t save the leftovers for later consumption.  We recommend that you go dining out at dinner time so that should you have any leftovers, it would be more convenient for you to bring them back to the fridge of your hotel for consumption in the morning.

In our own trip, we had some variety during lunchtime.  When you are strolling near the beach, it’s easy to just get yourself a hamburger or hotdog, although on some days after we got home early from an exhausting tour, we just decide to instead take a nap in the hotel room or spend some peaceful time near the swimming pool.

Dinner is usually the meal of the day where most of us tend to eat a lot, especially at times when the temperature becomes a lot cooler in the evening.  Children will most probably eat a lot at this time, but at least whatever leftover can be stored in the fridge for later consumption.  I recently wrote about the main reasons for having a kitchenette whenever you travel, and this one is no exception.

If you want to get something to munch on while you are in your hotel room, it’s a good idea to drop by Walmart in Ala Moana Mall or just visit the grocery located inside.  Here prices are more tourist friendly as compared to other places in the Waikiki hotel strip.

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Things to do in Waikiki, Hawaii

July 12, 2010 by  
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Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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With so many activities waiting for you in Waikiki, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with the vast array of itinerary in store for you.  With some researching efforts, you’ll find out the best places to hang out while you’re in Waikiki.

Before you plan to go anywhere else in Waikiki, Hawaii, it is best to determine first the interests of the people in your group.  Based on what your group enjoys doing, you can then make an itinerary which suits you best.

For a many tourists, getting to spend a few days in the spectacular beach of Waikiki is something they must not miss.  The beauty of Waikiki beach is simply captivating, and no trip to Hawaii is complete without making a stop here.

Waikiki, Hawaii is also a great place for shopaholics to indulge and spend their time in.  Fancy boutiques and souvenir shops are all over the place, while top-notch restaurants are waiting to give you a taste of their signature dishes.

Once you’ve spent some unwinding and bathing in the sparkling blue waters of Waikiki, you might want to try other exciting activities here such as snorkelling and other types of water sports.  Snorkelling is one of the best ways to enjoy nature’s beauty along with the whole family, plus it’s inexpensive too!

Jet skis and boats are also available for rent in the beach area, and is very exhilarating way of enjoying the crystal clear waters of Waikiki, Hawaii.

Other water sport equipment and swimming gear is available for rent along the beach area.  You can opt to do some canvassing to find out which stall offers the best price for equipment rentals.  Having your paradise getaway here in Waikiki, Hawaii will absolutely become part of the most memorable moments in your life.

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Take a walk outside of Waikiki – Kapahulu Dining Adventures

July 10, 2010 by  
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Have you been longing for new experiences and taste treats?  Are you sick of lounging on the beach while on your stay in the Waikiki area?  Don’t you think its about time you go out on a new adventure and try something different?  You may want to try walking down Kapahulu Street to experience cuisines which will definitely take you on a journey around the world.  Situated between the H1 freeway and Kalakua, Kapahulu is filled with exotic and interesting restaurants.

To get there, you can travel from the Diamond Head side of Waikiki and head north (towards the mountains) to Kapahulu Street.  Since parking here is quite scarce, it is highly recommended that you instead walk your way through this mile long road.  This will not only allow you to experience the local flavors of the area, but it will also provide your legs with plenty of exercise.  A lot of dining spots here are Mom and Pop shops, in which service is personal and food is pretty much affordable.  President Obama usually visits this area for his favorite local food, care to know which one?

This adventure of yours will definitely take you for a travel around the world.  You might want to try the local ono (good) Hawaiian specialties such as pupus (small samplers), shave ice, plate lunches and pork sandwiches.  Asian dishes are also part of the regular fare, with the likes of ramen (Japanese noodles), Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced as “fuh”), tempura and sushi gracing the tables.  Mediterranean specialties do not come far behind, with well-known dishes such as hummus and stuffed grape leaves among the most common requests – all while enjoying a gracious performance by colorful dancers.  If you love Mexican food, you can also get your fill and have them served to your liking, be it spicy or mild.  For those who can’t leave the American fare behind, you can also stick with the usual biggie burgers with fries.

Try not to eat up to your limit as there are also plenty of luscious desserts waiting for you at one of the specialty bakeries along the way.  The ever popular chocolate cake and Baklava are both must-trys – you simply can’t afford to miss these.  I personally can’t find the strength to resist the freshly baked masalas, especially the cinnamon sugar variant.  Should you find yourself in the midst of a long line, don’t be discouraged – the line moves pretty quick, and the wait is always definitely worth it!

Make sure that you drop by and have the adventure of your life in this Kapalulu strip.