"Lovely scenery, quiet, pure air, clear sea water
and heavenly sunsets". This is how Robert Louis
Stevenson described Waikiki when he spent five weeks
in 1893 at the south-east end of Waikiki.
The largest tourist destination in Hawaii, Waikiki
is a long stretch of picture-perfect white-sand beach
just southeast of downtown Honolulu. Its shores are
lined with swanky high-rise hotels set against the
scenic backdrop of Diamond Head. It’s exciting.
Its very name-Waikiki-is enough to transport you to
another world. Translated, Waikiki means "spouting
water," a reference to the rivers and springs
that richly flowed into the area. The Ala Wai Canal
was built in the 1920s to drain the area of its swamps
and rivers, clearing the way for expansive hotel construction.
The construction boom was stifled only temporarily,
during World War II, when hotels were closed to visitors
to accommodate servicemen. Today, Waikiki, also known
as the heart of Hawaii, is in full bloom.
The weather of Waikiki is tropical, but a
little more pleasant than it is in the rest of Honolulu.
Temperatures stay a bit cooler than in Honolulu, with
summer highs in the low 80's F (28 C) and winter highs
in the high 70's F (25-26 C). Temperatures at night
can be 12 to 14 degrees less (F). Waikiki does not
get much rain, less than an inch a month on an average
during the summer and 1 - 3 inches during the winter.
temperature is nearly 80 degrees F year-round, and
the waves don’t get too big during the winter.
Waikiki Beach, one of the best known beaches
in the world, is actually a string of seven beaches,
each with its own character and uniqueness. 81
hotels and 52 resort condominiums line this beautiful
beach. Some are must-see hotels. Among them are the
Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel,
the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, and the Halekulani.
Some are worlds unto themselves, others strikingly
beautiful. Even if you can’t stay there, you
must go visit them.
Waikiki boasts of having more than 30,000 hotel
rooms; close to 1000 restaurants, bars and clubs;
and more shops, shams and shysters than anyone cares
to count - catering to an average of 65,000 tourists
each day (which makes an unbelievable annual
total of 23,725,000 visitors). Most of the tourists
come from the U.S. mainland and Japan, others being
from Europe and other parts of the world.
The world's tallest ceramic mural is located
on the side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow
Tower in Waikiki. The mural is 30 stories high.
The Ala Wai Golf Course on the edge of Waikiki,
claims to be the busiest municipal course in the