Waikiki is one of the world’s most celebrated beach resorts, and practically synonymous with Hawaii. It lies just to the southeast of downtown Honolulu, on the south shore of the island, along a 2-mile stretch of glorious white sand that has been divided into a series of beach sections over the years, each with a distinctive name. The resort has a resident population of around 25.000, and is visited by more than 2.5 million people each year. It also has some of the glitziest high rise hotels in Hawaii, most of them lined along the beach. There are in fact more than 170 hotels and condominium complexes in Waikiki, with approximately 40,000 guest rooms. Besides which, Waikiki offers excellent shopping and dining possibilities - with several good shopping centers, import and souvenir shops, international boutiques, art galleries, and an array of restaurants, representing virtually every known cuisine - as well as a variety of entertainment, including several headliner celebrity shows.
Sightseeing in Waikiki
Among Waikiki’s most prized hotel properties are the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Princess Kaiulani Hotel, Pacific Beach Hotel, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, and the sprawling, 20-acre, 2,542-room Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest hotel in Hawaii, with 4 hotel towers, over 100 shops and boutiques, 9 restaurants, 13 cocktail lounges, a convention facility with a 5,000-person capacity, 2 large pools - including a 10,000-square-foot, 2-tier pool with waterfalls - a tropical lagoon, a marina, a 6-story, 1,800-car parking garage, and Waikiki’s largest showroom, the Hilton Dome.
Waikiki’s main street is Kalakaua Avenue, which runs northwest-southeast through the heart of the resort. Strung along it are scores of shops, malls, restaurants and hotels, among them the 800-room Ilikai Hotel and the 447,000- square-foot 521-room Hawaii Prince, featuring two 32-story towers. Also on Kalakaua Avenue are the all-pink Spanish- Moorish Royal Hawaiian Hotel (fondly known as the “Pink Palace”), and the International Marketplace and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, the latter extending three whole blocks, housing more than 150 stores and restaurants on three levels, and with the distinction of being Waikiki’s largest shopping center.
Among other places of interest in the Waikiki area are Fort DeRussy, where you can visit the U.S. Army Museum and also Waikiki’s largest beach section, Fort DeRussy Beach Park; and the 100-acre Kapiolani Park where you can take in the Waikiki Aquarium as well as the Honolulu Zoo.
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