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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Exploring Waikiki

July 10, 2010 by  
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Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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In the paradise island of Oahu lies the world renowned Waikiki Beach – a center of attraction for tourists coming from all corners of the globe.  Back in its early times, the beach served as a fancy beach estate for the wealthy people and royal families alike.  By the arrival of the 1900’s, the first batch of tourists started to flock the area, and there were hardly any hotels or guest houses at that time.  Among the first prominent figures to step foot on Waikiki Beach were authors Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.  The first hotel to be built on the area was The Moana Hotel, while The Royal Hawaiian Hotel made its debut in the year 1920 – a popular hotel among celebrities and socialites alike.  Before its popularity as a tourist attraction, Waikiki was initially just swampland and taro fields.  It was only when the Ala Wai Canal was built in 1921 that the island started to transform into the beauty that it is today.

Waikiki is now filled with a myriad of high class hotels, premiere restaurants, sizzling nightlife and fun shopping centers.

Located east of the Moana Surfrider Hotel at Kuhio Beach Park, the Waikiki Beach Center hosts its own surfing lessons on a regular basis.  Tourists can also inquire at the front desk of their respective hotels on how to arrange surfing lessons.  Located at the Sherton Waikiki and Outrigger Reef Hotel, the Hans Hedemann Surf School is also a great place to learn basic and advanced lessons in surfing.

There are also other fun water sports to be enjoyed in the beach such as outrigger canoes and catamaran rides.  The Port Hilton Dock at the Hilton Hawaiian Village serves as the departure area for exciting activities such as these.  For those inclined with body surfing and boogie boarding, you can check out The Wall at Kuhio Beach, located on Waikiki’s eastern end.

Shopping enthusiasts will definitely have the time of their lives at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, which is packed with a wide range of fancy boutiques and variety stores.  Should you get hungry, there are a lot of fast food restaurants there for you to choose from.  Located just across the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is the International Market Place which also has lots of souvenir shops, as well as food stalls.  Local artists who create original designs also market their products in this area.  Don’t forget to do some bargaining for the best prices!

If shopping or surfing does not tickle your senses, then a walking tour on the Waikiki Historic Trail might just jumpstart your day!  You can make some inquiries with the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association about their free two-hour guided tours on Waikiki’s historic destinations.  These free tours are made on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, on which the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center serves as the starting point.

Waikiki will surely redefine your concept of having a good time!