What to Do in Waikiki, Hawaii’s Trendiest Haunt
By: Andrew Regan
Mark Twain once called Hawaii “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean”.
There aren’t many people that would disagree: Hawaii’s distinct natural beauty has been memorably captured in many a film, from ‘South Pacific’ to Disney’s ‘Lilo and Stitch’. What’s more, tourists in Hawaii have long found much to admire in the island, and this is nowhere more evident than in Waikiki – Honolulu’s most popular tourist neighborhood.
Waikiki Beach – one of the best known beaches in the world – was firmly placed on the cultural map when it became popular with surfing enthusiasts from all corners of the globe since the 1950s. However, Waikiki has been a fashionable retreat for much longer than this and was very popular with Hawaiian royalty during the 1800s. Today, Waikiki Beach is the trendiest place to be seen in Hawaii and, though much of its natural beauty has been commercialized, its sandy shores are the ideal place to spend your Hawaiian vacation.
Contrary to popular opinion, there’s more to do in Waikiki than simply while away the hours taking in the sunshine. If you’re an enthusiastic hiker, for instance, don’t miss Diamond Head State Monument, the crater of an extinct volcano. Even those who aren’t experienced walkers are sure to enjoy the 45-minute hike up to the 761-foot summit, from which you’ll be treated to an unrivalled 360-degree view of O’ahu island. For a stress-free climb, make sure you wear a sturdy pair of shoes and take a bottle of sunscreen with you for continual application.
What’s more, if you’d like to take in some of Waikiki’s more historical sights, head down to Saint Augustine Church, a magnificent building that really stands out amidst Waikiki’s legion of skyscrapers. Built In 1854 by original settlers in Hawaii, Saint Augustine Church is sure to dazzle visitors with its awe-inspiring stained glass windows and tiered ceiling ornament.
Of course, if you’re traveling with your family, Waikiki is also home to wholesome attractions that are sure to please kids and adults alike. The Waikiki Aquarium, for instance, is just a few minutes walk from Waikiki Beach and offers the chance to see over 400 different underwater species, including sharks and sea turtles. And if land animals are more to your liking, the Honolulu Zoo is sure to please. This 42-acre zoo in Waikiki houses rare wildlife in fertile park surroundings; expect to see llamas and Galapagos tortoises amongst other animals.
With so much to do in Waikiki, it goes without saying that there are a great deal of hotels and guest suites that vacationers can choose from in the area. And, of all the hotels in Hawaii, the hotels in Waikiki are the largest and most diverse in their offerings. So whether you’re on a romantic trip for two or you’ve got kids with you on your Hawaiian vacation, Waikiki is sure to offer you memories to treasure for a lifetime.
About the Author
Andrew Regan is an online, freelance author from Scotland. He is a keen rugby player and enjoys travelling.
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