Moana Surfrider, a Westin resort, began in 1901 as Moana Hotel and is celebrated as the first-ever hotel in Waikiki. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure boasts European, Art Deco, and Bauhaus design elements. You needn’t book a room to explore the iconic architecture, as free guided tours are available Mondays and Wednesdays, and the guide is half the fun. Tours are meant to last one hour, but the guide tends to detour with juicy anecdotes and details that keep you lingering for more.
Life in Waikiki revolves around the Pacific Ocean. How could it not? It covers 30 percent of the planet, for a start. The Pacific Ocean stretches for 64 million square miles, and it isn’t a stretch to say that this beloved Honolulu neighborhood has claimed its most charming face. The best things to do in Waikiki are very much a celebration of its stunning setting.
Wonderful Waikiki is a showstopper, a living history museum with a thriving restaurant scene, thrilling nightlife, and some seriously splendid hotels. It all comes back to the water, but even aquaphobes will find themselves falling in love with Waikiki.