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    Torch Lighting Ceremony at The Royal Hawaiian

    by keida84 Written Jul 30, 2005

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    A great free activity is the torch lighting ceremony at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Mall. Every night at 6:00pm, the conch shell is blown signaling the approach of darkness. The beautiful dancers circulate throughout the crowd greeting all with handshakes and the greeting of "Aloha".

    Then two male runners appear, their torches ingited and held aloft, make their way through the crowd to light the torches that border the perimeter of the mall. There are a variety of dancers--from the lovely hula girls to the "keikis" (children).

    The torch lighting cermeony is free to all, I recommend you get there early if you wish to have a seat for the show.

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    by KiKitC Written Oct 9, 2005

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    We could watch the hula show from our lanai

    We visited Waikiki because the Kiwanis International Convention was being held there. Waikiki is a big CITY. Yep, with high standing buildings, high priced shops and high hoped tourists. The nightlife is electric and alive.

    The best thing about being in Waikiki was the convenience of having all the stores so close. After the accident and surgery, I wasn't venturing out far, so it worked out well. (Many times, Gordie just ran out and brought something back to the room)

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    Catch a Sunset Ceremony if It's Your Thing

    by AKtravelers Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Sunset Ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

    All of the hotels along Waikiki have ceremonies when the sun goes down. Even some off of Waikiki will celebrate a torch lighting or something (it's a little incongruous conjuring up ancient Polynesia at the Ala Moana with all that traffic going by, but they try). Most of them include Hawaiian music and dancers in traditional costumes, which vary from hotel to hotel. None of this really excites me, especially since it seems to reduce a culture to tourist marketing. However, if you're interested you can see such performances at the Hilton and Sheraton among others. The performances are always free, which is why this tip isn't listed under tourist traps -- after all, you can always walk away at no cost if you find it boring.

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    Visit Duke & Make your friends jealous via webcam

    by AKtravelers Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    Duke Kahanamoku faces the street in Waikiki

    One of the most popular things for tourists to do when strolling the Waikiki beachfront is to take a picture in front of the statue of Duke Kahanamoku. An Olympic gold medalist in 1912 and 1920, silver medalist in 1924 and a native Hawaiian, he is considered the man who put surfing on the map (though his medals were in swimming's 100 meter freestyle). Unfortunately, Duke's statue faces the wrong way. I say this because that's what Hawaiians say (he would NEVER turn his back on the ocean) but also from the perspective of a photographer (the sun is almost NEVER in the right place to get a good picture -- he faces north!). The best time to get a photo would be on an overcast day, though not during a storm.

    Thanks to modern technology, everyone standing by Duke is on a live webcam located at http://www.honolulu.gov/multimed/waikiki.asp
    So now another popular tourist idea is to call home (mind your time zones) and wave to your friends and family over the Internet. We've done this several times and it can be fun if kitschy! That's because EVERYONE will be envious of you in Hawaii!

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    Waikiki Beach

    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 7, 2004

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    Waikiki

    One of the most famous beaches in the world and also the center of tourist life on Oahu. If your looking for peace and quiet you came to the wrong place. This is the place to see and be seen. The corresponding neighborhood also provides unlimited shopping and dining choices.

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    Just watch!

    by FRONA Updated Jan 4, 2006

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    Turtles

    One of the most noble feelings I got on Oahu was just snorkeling on a not very visited beach (Im not gonna say where ,-)) and I felt something near.. I turned around and this magnificent timid animal was slowly grazing... I just love them...please be carful with how you go about them because it is against the law to swim with, touch, hunt or come in certain radius of these animals.... they were on the verge of extinction and needed to be protected....

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    Waikiki schmiki

    by FRONA Written Sep 28, 2004

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    we had a 5 hour overlay from the Big Island and I suggested we hop to Honolulu and Waikiki just for the sake of it. Boy I can tell you it took us almost hour and half by cab from the airport thru town and traffic. Waikiki is a nice beach but much too crowded and very commercial. I much more appreciate the NOrth Shore.

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    famous resort

    by mindcrime Written Dec 8, 2009

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    Some years before VT and internet, for me Waikiki was something like the ideal exotic vacation, a tropical resort full of coconut trees and girls that put flower lei around your neck. Ha! The aloha spirit is only a motto written on cheap shirts now, the beaches are packed with tourists so if you want something more into the romance side you have to choose another island (we went to Kauai for that). Now, and having said all that you may think that this is a place to avoid. If you have only a week to spend in Hawaii yes but if you have more time Waikiki will be your base for the island.

    The choices of the hotels are countless here and you can catch many buses to explore other areas of the island that are more remote, so let’s stop complain :)
    Waikiki (spouting water in hawaiian) extends from Ala Wai Canal on the WN to Diamond Head on the east. Ala Wai canal (pic 4) is located just a few blocks away from the beach of Waikiki and it is more quiet, a less touristic corner. We walked a bit along the canal watching the canoes that were running there. It was in 1922 when this canal was dug to stop overflow of Waikiki (once separated from the mainland).

    Although, the high rise hotels are spoiling the picture by lining along the long Waikiki beach it was nice to swim at the beaches in front Kalakaua avenue, see the unexperienced surfers or just stroll along this avenue and enjoy the street artists, the free hula shows, some cocktails and Hawaiian songs of course :) You may even catch a movie right on the beach (ask for sunset on the Beach program at your hotel)! Another activity you will do here sooner or later is shopping, there so many stores from little shops to huge malls that we felt sick! The prices were much better than in California though.

    There are some really huge hotels like the Hilton Hawaiian Village or the Sheraton Waikiki that dominate the area but also some famous hotels like the Moana Surfrider (pic 5) dating from the beginning of 20th century that has some free tours and a small museum with interesting facts about the period that only princes and other rich people were coming to Waikiki.

    Just in case Pearl Harbor wasn’t enough for you take a visit to US Army Museum of Hawaii, we skipped that. If you have kids you may interested to visit the Waikiki Aquarium or the Honolulu Zoo.

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    St Augustine’s church

    by mindcrime Written Dec 8, 2009

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    St Augustine church

    St Augustine church is a weird roman catholic church in neo gothic style that we saw among the high rise buildings of Waikiki. We saw it next to the beach as we were walking along Kalakaua avenue. We went inside where there are some nice big stained glass windows. The local parish established in 1854 after the arrival in Hawaii from France of the priests that belong to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. From 1831 to 1839 hawaiian catholics were denied their religious rights. The first chapel on this spot was built with coconut fronds and wood from wrecks on the shore!
    The church that we see today was built in 1901 upon the old chapel of the parish. It was named after the great doctor of the church Saint Augustine of Hippo. Prince David and princess Abigail Kawanakoa baptized their daughter Kapiolani here and gave as a gift the baptismal font. The church was renovated in 1910 and then again in 1925.

    If you want to attend a mass here’s the schedule:
    Monday to Friday 7.00, 17.00
    Saturday 7.00am
    Sunday 6.30, 8.00, 10.00, 17,00
    Father Damien museum is located right behind the church.

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    HONOLULU ZOO

    by bryINpoland Written Feb 2, 2005

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    ME AND NADINE AT ZOO ENTRANCE

    THE HONOLULU ZOO IS A GREATZOO WITH PLENTY TO SEE. THEYA RE STILL TRYING TO UPDATE ALOT OF THE EXHIBITS BUT THEY ARE GETTING THERE.

    PRICE TO GET IN IS 6 DOLLARS FOR NON RESIDENTS AND 3 FOR RESIDENTS.

    IF U HAVE A WEEK OR MOREON OAHU, THEN I RECOMMEND THE ZOO. I F U ARE ON A SHORT BREAK THEN BY PASS IT.

    FOR ALL THE ZOO HAS TO OFFER, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE HONOLULU ZOO. THE SITE IS FILLED WITH PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF ALL THE ANIMALS AND EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON AT THE ZOO.

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    Waikiki Beach

    by GlobalMatt Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Waikiki Beach

    Well, as everyone knows, Waikiki is the most celebrated beach in the state. Here, you come to see and be seen. Waikiki is home to some of Hawaii's best resorts and restaurants. Here's a shot of the gorgeous ocean water on a stretch of Waikiki.

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    Waikiki Baptist church

    by mindcrime Written Dec 8, 2009

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    We visited this church (pic 1) one Sunday morning because we saw a leaflet that was saying that they had gospel songs during the mass and I never had the chance to see one live. We watched the Sunday worship (usually starts at 10.30am), it was kind of weird for us with all the people there smiling to each other and then singing all these songs about jesus with the keyboard based music on the background. So we just listen for some minutes and we left without destracting them.

    Before we take the bus again we visited the statue (pic 2) of king David Kalakaua (1836-1991) the last king of the Hawaii. He is known as conservative monarch (really? How come?), he travelled a lot and wanted to brought hula, hawaiian music and surfing out to the world. He built the Iolani palace. He lost most of his power after 1887 when he was forced to sign a new constitution. Three years later he was very ill to rule and his sister Liliuokalani took his place on the throne not for too long though as the overthrow of Hawaiian kingdom came two years after.

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    "Brothers In Valor" Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    Honoring the World War II Veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. The plaques are huge, so I only put limited amount of information on here.

    “Veterans who served in these units, which are deeply rooted to Hawaii, have rendered significant service to their nation, often with great sacrifice.” —Lt. General Robert L. Ord, III, Commander, U.S. Army, Pacific. November 1995.

    100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), “The Purple Heart Battalion.”
    The 100th Infantry Battalion, except for some officers, was the first combat unit in the history of the United States Army to be comprised of Hawaii-born Japanese Americans. The unit was made up of 1,432 men and officers, most of whom were pre-war draftees serving in the 298th and 299th Infantry Regiments, guarding Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. On May 29, 1942, Japanese naval forces were approaching Midway. In anticipation of a subsequent Japanese attack on Hawaii, all Japanese-American soldiers in the 298th and 299th Infantry Regiments and others were placed into the Hawaii Provisional Infantry Battalion and then shipped off on June 5, 1942, to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, for combat training. Redesignated as the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), the unit received extensive training at Camp McCoy and Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for the next 16 months. All the while, the Army remained in doubt as to whether the 100th should be sent into combat, and if so, where and with which unit. Finally, in September 1943, the 100th shipped out to Oran, Africa, attached to the 34th (“Red Bull”) Division, and landed at Salerno, Italy, on September 22, 1943. For the next nine months, the 100th fought in the Salerno-to-Rome campaign through the bitter winter against a tenacious enemy, most notably in the battle for Monte Cassino. Here, it suffered huge casualties and earned itself the title “The Purple Heart Battalion.” The 100th landed on the Anzio Beachhead in March 1944, took over and held defensive positions, and thereafter participated in the break out towards Rome and beyond.

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    Kalia Fishponds Waikiki Historic Trail

    by Yaqui Written Apr 23, 2014

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    Had you walked across this road in 1897 you might have landed in Waikĩkĩ’s largest fishpond, the Ka’ihikapu, which measured 13 acres. All of today’s Fort DeRussy on the mauka (toward the mountain) side of the road was covered with fishponds. There were actually hundreds of fishponds in Waikĩkĩ. The fishponds were controlled by the chiefs, but maintained by the commoners. The fish grown in the ponds were mostly ‘ama’ama (or mullet) and awa (milkfish), both of which adapted well to brackish water. When the ponds were well cared for, the fish fattened quickly. The ponds functioned as “royal iceboxes” with readily available food for quests, especially the unexpected.

    Ancient Hawaiians believed their fishponds were inhabited by mo’o deities who were sometimes described as creatures with terrifying black bodies, 12 to 30 feet in length. Hawaiians believed these creatures were the guardian spirits of fish ponds, who not only protected the caretakers but punished those who abused their responsibilities. The reclamation of Waikĩkĩ began here in Kãlia when the U.S. military acquired 72 acres of land and started draining it in 1908 to build Fort DeRussy. It took over 250,000 cubic yards of sand and coral dredged from various O’ahu areas continuously over the course of a year to cover Ka’ihikapua and its sister ponds in Kãlia. The Hale Koa Hotel is used exclusively for U.S. military personnel and their dependents.

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    Indian Banyan Trees

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 23, 2014

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    I had only seen these fabulous trees in magazines. So to finally see it in person, I was so impressed. It grows roots right from its limps and as the roots hang from the branches, these roots start to embed themselves into the ground, its starts to grows several trunks, so this fabulous formation begins. The aerial roots that grow into thick woody trunks which, with age, can become indistinguishable from the main trunk. Everyone was taking photos of them and they are located all over the islands.

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