Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on the Island called O'ahu is perhaps the world's most famous beach.
"Waikiki" in Hawaiian means "Sprouting Water". It is a two-mile stretch of white sand coast and is fronted by numerous high-rise hotels and other tourist facilities.
The beach is an excellent place for "people watching", walking, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, using catamarans or outrigger canoes.
Thankfully, there are Lifeguards on duty to help protect the masses. There is a sand and reef area, picnic areas, concession stands, restrooms, snorkeling and body board rentals, showers, and phones.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is walking the beach, staring out toward Diamond Head, and enjoying the diversity of the population on the beach--it is the United Nations of beaches.
I took the two photographs; one of a typical day at the beach; the second of a scantily clad (and beautiful) female sunbather. She was the object of attraction for many male beach patrons!
Fortunately, while Allan and I were in Maui, one of my friends at work was on a tour which included Maui. As part of that tour, she and her husband stayed at the Hyatt Regency Resort at Kaanapali Beach in Maui. The tour also included the Luau show at the Hotel. She invited Allan and I as her guests.
A succulent dinner buffet was included with the Luau Performance. That buffet featured Hawaiian and Western specialties such as tender Kalua Pork, Ulupalakua Beef, Huli Huli Chicken, fresh Mahi Mahi, Pacific Ahi Poke, plus a variety of island accompaniments and several mouth-watering desserts.
Before the buffet was served, a cultural ceremony was presented with the roasted whole pig (the ceremony was the "unearthing of the imu".). This was quite elaborate and fascinating.
The name of their show was called "Drum's of the Pacific". It was a Polynesian cast of 18 dancers and musicians performing the songs and dances of their ancestors from throughout the South Pacific.
We received a Lei Greeting from a beautiful Polynesian girl where our picture was taken. Later that evening, we received a 5x7 photograph.
The performance included a Hawaiian crafts demonstration that turned out to be quite interesting and eye-opening. There was an OPEN BAR for the three-hour Luau!
Fondest memory: The sound of the conch, the beating of the drums, and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signaled the start of the Luau. Exotic songs and dances of Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Rarotonga, and Hawaii were performed. They took us on a journey through the islands of Polynesia via the authentic dances and songs which tell stories of the islands.
We were able to watch the sunset over the Ka'anapali Beach. It all took place at the Hyatt Regency Maui's Sunset Terrace on Ka'anapali Beach. The shows take place from: 5:00pm to 8:00pm nightly.
Although we could never afford to stay at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, we were able to spend one magical afternoon at this stunning resort.
The hotel is situated on an historic, 23,000-acre working pineapple plantation . It is surrounded by 54 holes of golf on three courses as well as the Kapalua Golf Academy. There are 548 rooms in the hotel which offer wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with fresh flower leis.
The resort includes recreational facilities such as 10 tennis courts, a 10,000-square-foot three-tiered swimming pool, two outdoor whirlpool spas, nine-hole putting green, bocce ball lawn, and a secluded beach!
In addition, there is a 7,000-square-foot fitness center and spa, including steam rooms, saunas, and spa treatments as well as weight training equipment.
They also have a "one of a kind" room in all of Hawaii: The Aloha Outdoor Ballroom as well as the two indoor ballrooms.
All of the 548 rooms and suites have spacious, private lanais; many of the rooms and suites have partial ocean or ocean views.
1. Twice-daily maid service and turndown service is given.
2. Plush terry bathrobes.
3. Marble bathrooms with separte showers and double vanities.
4. Plush non-allergenic featherbeds, comforters, and pillows
5. Non-smoking and barrier-free rooms available.
6. Choice of one king or two-double beds.
The main dining room is called "The Banyan Tree", and it offers contemporary Australian cuisine. There is also a beachfron restaurant called "The Beach House Bar & Grill".
In addition, there is "The Terrace" where the Plantation breakfast buffet is served. For sushi, the "Kai" is available. "The Lobby Lounge" is the place to enjoy a cocktail, and "The Pool Bar & Cafe" offers, drinks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads to sunbathers and swimmers.
Fondest memory: Allan and I walked the grounds, took photographs of the famed three-tiered pool (see Photo), shopped in the Gift Shoppe, had a drink at the Lobby Bar, and did a good deal of "people gazing." This is certainly where the "well-heeled" stay!
Buzz, the man who rented his condo to us while we were in Maui, gave us these suggestions, which I will pass along:
1. Have a sunset dinner at Kimo's.
(845 Front St., Lahaina)
2. Try the outrageous desserts at Longhi's.
(888 Front St., Lahaina)
3. Try the pizza at BJ's Chicago Pizzeria
(730 Front Street, Lahaina)
4. Try the Hyatt Regency's Swan's Court
5. Kaanapali Beach Hotel for brunch.
(Belgian Waffles topped with warm
coconut syrup, whipped cream, and
6. Observe the turtles this side of Black Rock
on Kaanapali Beach.
7. Go to the Farmer's Market on Monday or
Thursday for great produce. (opens at
8. Go to the Food Pantry for great shrimp.
9. Visit The Bakery in Lahaina for fresh
baked goods, fresh bread, and coconut
macaroons "to die for". Opens at 7 a.m.
But best time is between 8-8:30 for fresh-
out-of-the-oven French breads.
10.Marco's is great place for sandwiches
11.Try Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina for quick
12.Mama's Fish House
"Best seafood in the world!"
Fondest memory: Of that list, we took Buzz up on most of it.
We did eat at Mamma's Fish House (see tip);
we did go to the Hyatt Regency (see tip); we did see the Turtles; we went to the Farmer's Market; we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe ; we had pizza at B.J. Chicago Pizzario;and we visited The Bakery.
All that we tried, we loved. Buzz knows what he is talking about.
One of the first hotels build in Honolulu on Waikiki Beach, The Royal Hawaiian has been dubbed, "The Pink Palace of the Pacific" and remains an icon of luxury still today. It's a Waikiki landmark, and people all over the world recognize it.
The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927 with its Moorish-Spanish architecture and stunning coral pink stucco. Even though it sounds "garish", it somehow fits here on Waikiki Beach!
It has been named to Conde Nast Travelers Gold list several times, and generations of travelers have been guests here, even royalty and presidents.
This is a nostalgia-filled, elegant old hotel with its Royal pool, its barber and beauty shops, a business center, its Restaurant, Fitness Center and Spa, and gracious rooms that include hairdryers, Cable TV, Room Service, and Laundry/Valet Services.
The Hotel has a Bar/Lounge, Babysitting/Child Services, 24-hour Front Desk, and a Concierge.
You need to go inside and see the elegance from a bygone era!
Fondest memory: The Royal Luau, held each Monday, is almost as famous as the hotel itself.
Its backdrop is Diamond Head and Waikki Beach. On this special night, guests are greeted with leis and Hawaiian melodies and the famous Mai Tais drinks on the Ocean Lawn.
Next, a feast of foods from the islands are presented. Afterwards, a spectacular Royal Polynesian Extravaganza Luau begins.
I think it would be impossible to pick one thing that we loved about Hawaii. It is just a place of breathtaking beauty....beaches, ocean, flowers, wildlife, the locals. I definitely recommend visiting as many islands as you can while you are there. It is neat to compare and discover which are your favorites.
Fondest memory: We desperately miss waking up to the sound of the ocean. We LOVED being able to get in the water everyday.
The Big Island is sometimes reffered to as a mini-continent because of its diverse land forms and climate zones. With a surface area of over 4,000 sq miles, 11 of the world's 13 climate zones, and the most massive mountains on planet Earth (Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa), it's not so surprising that hawaii Island is the most varied of all the State's islands.
What is surprising is the rapidity with which the landscape changes. It isn't uncommon, for instance, for travellers to drive from dry pavement into a pounding rain squall and out the other side, back onto dry roads in a matter of seconds. Or one can round a corner and suddenly enter an environment very different from the one passed through before.
Favorite thing: Here is the another free tidbit ... the other notable pink building on O'ahu is the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki. It's one of our older hotels, opening in 1927. Room rates are high (upwards of $300), This is a landmark in Waikiki ... everyone who's taken a photo of Honolulu from Diamond Head Summit probably has a photo of this historical hotel.
On this picture you can see the steep decline
going down the Beach and the Bay.
Going down no problem , but going up is hard,so there is a Tram that for only $1 dollar takes you up, going down by Tram cost 50 cents.
Fondest memory: but if you can it is fun to go down by foot , and see the Bay and all the people.
Remember again that Hanauma Bay is closed on tuesdays and it cost $3 dollar to enter.
The key to success of any dive trip: Never , never forget where you left the dive boat...
Thar she blows.... Always happy to see that hull when I am surfacing...
This strategy is sometimes easier said than done on drift dives and the like... (Always best to bring your safety sausage just in case....)
Any of you have the WeatherBug on your computer? I get excited at most of the "chirps" it makes on my desktop, because (most of the times) it means there are high waves on the coasts of the island. I always chide "Big waves!" at the chirping. I will always be called to watch the waves crashing the shores of O'ahu ... never tire of it. The only sad thing about it is that you witness all the long faces of the would be surfers who are forced to stay on shore till the waves die down to a safe height!
Fondest memory: Each day is a new memory .. and I have (at time of writing) about 973 memories to take with me when I leave.
This Marine Sanctuary Hanauma Bay is so
important to keep it natural that when visiting
you will be required to see a film about the Bay , the film is 7 minutes long and it shows the beauty of the Bay , its history and most important the do's and don't's about how to be careful when in the Bay , for example diving from boats is not allowed , walking on reefs and touching Coral is not allowed .
It is a good thing and there are volunteers keeping an eye on the place .
A beautiful place that will hopefully last forever and stay like it is forever..
Fondest memory: I miss a lot of things that I have seen in Hawaii , but Hanauma Bay is high on the list of things that I miss of Hawaii.
There are way over 400 species of Fish and it is a challenge getting good pictures , you just stand in the water and the Fish will be all around you.I got this beauty on film.
Fondest memory: Watching children getting all excited, when these fish swam around their little legs, that was fun Some folks attracted many fish .
There is a tour called Hanauma Duck & Snorkel Tour, this tour uses WW 2 amphibious landing boats to get you into the
Bay Tranportation and snorkel equipment is included in the price and you get to keep the snorkel gear.Instructions are also included.
The tour boat leaves 8-830 am and returns 11-30,1-30, 2-45 , and 4-15.PM
Tour price is Adults $48 + tax Children $42 + tax. Hawaii state Tax 4.16 % + $3 entree fees
are not included. The adress for the De luxe Hanauma Bay Dive Tour is .
Tel 808-265-8956 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fondest memory: Snorkeling ia a great way to see the beauty
of Hanauma Bay and it also is a wonderful
way to have a good time with the kids and a
great educational time also , they learn how to preserve our precious environment.
There are restrooms and a food consession
at the upper level , and below on the Beach level there is a Snorkeling equipment consession, a restroom and dressing and an information kiosk.
Fondest memory: Very clean place good facilities busy but not to crowded and do remember Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays.
It cost $3 a person to enter Hanauma Bay.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
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