Located on the southern shores of Honolulu, Oahu, the famous Waikiki beach is an absolute pleasure to visit. The Waikiki neighborhood has been home to Hawaiian royalty hence this beauty speaks splendor and elegance. Known in Hawaiian as "Spouting Waters", the beach was first introduced when the first hotel; the Moana Surfrider, was built on it in 1901. Today, the Waikiki resort remains Oahu's biggest export as it attracts the largest visitors from around the world every year.
Waikiki is famous for various beaches and hotels located on its shores and they provide a spectacular view of the oceans. Along the Kalalaua avenue, you'd find shopping centers, the best fine dining, entertainment and activities that Oahu has to offer.
Waikiki also provides the very best of hiking trails on Mount Leahi. Also known as Diamond Head, it provides two sets of stairs of about 175 steps to hike and get to the top. Dedicated as a national treasure in 1968, It also has underground tunnels and military bunkers to help spice up the hikes. The amazing views that await at the top are definitely worth the hiking efforts. It also serves as a perfect backdrop for surfers who would love to take a ride along the calm waters of Waikiki. It is said that legendary Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing the waves of Waikiki. He was said to have taught the locals and visitors alike how to surf and was instrumental in promoting the values of surfing around the world. That earned him the name “the father of modern surfing.” Up till now, surfing teachers still use his methods and legacy to teach visitors who visit the beaches. As such, The Duke Kahanamoku Statue, located on Waikiki Beach, has become an iconic symbol of Waikiki and the surfing culture at large.
Just as Waikiki is famous for its beaches and beautiful scenery, there's more to it than just that. It's a haven for family activities and funfair. That is why it is a popular tourist destination. It also provides attractions like the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki aquarium. From the African Giraffes to the Pink Flamingos, the zoo is home to various animals and species. The 42 acre land is divided into three parts; Tropical rainforests, African Savannah and Pacific Islands and they serve as an abode to more than 64 reptiles, 38 mammal and 160 bird species.
The aquarium is also home to various colorful and exotic fishes. Provides an ample collection of sea life which includes corals and jellies.
You can also learn more about surfing and its history by reading the surfboard markers along the Waikiki Historic Trail. The 2 mile walk trail with 20 bronze markers standing at 6ft 5inches tall was created to promote the Island's rich culture and values. It tells the story of the island before the first hotel was built. It contains descriptions and old photos of the historic sites around. They also note ancient fishponds and the historic Alai Wai Canal. Shopping and fine dining isn't left out as restaurants and shops can be found along the Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues. The Royal Hawaiian Center, the Waikiki Beach Walk and the International Market Place are all ample abodes to your shopping and dining taste. As the day winds down, Waikiki never sleeps. With beautiful night life, an amazing sunset and live music, it's almost the beach that never sleeps.
Waikiki Beach is a half hour journey from Oahu and other attractions like Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace and Nuuanu Pali Lookout. This means you can enjoy the amazing beach and it's scenery and also take time off to enjoy other attractions.
Waikiki continues to grow and evolve and more importantly carries the ancient spirit of Hawaii.
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