What is it? 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.
Why go? You needn’t book a room to explore the iconic architecture. 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.
The first thing you notice is the cerulean ocean water. It is difficult not to, and Waikiki is the sort of place that brings home the enormity of the Pacific Ocean. That mighty body of water covers some 30% of the planet, but this Honolulu neighborhood might just have claimed its most charming face. Are you looking for the best things to do in Waikiki? Look no further.
Hawaii’s most famous district is a head-turner, a living museum of history that serves as a great base for exploring everything this place has to offer. Diamond Head waits patiently nearby, a most-scenic crater that has become a pilgrimage for first-time visitors to Hawaii. Not looking to hike? Waikiki is home to great restaurants and cafes, as well as arguably Hawaii’s most electric night out.
But everything comes back to the water. Waikiki’s beaches are Hall of Fame-caliber, as perfect for adventure as they are for relaxation. Waikiki is made up of eight distinct beaches, so there’s no shortage of choice. After all, there are no bad options in Waikiki.
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