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A Visit to Hawaii II-Honolulu & Waikiki Beach

Sightseeing on Waikiki Beach and Lunch at a Hawaiian Landmark

The world-famous Waikiki Beach is located on the south shore of Honolulu and was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Known in Hawaiian as "spouting waters," Waikiki was introduced to the world when its first hotel was built on its shores in 1901. Today, Waikiki is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and an exciting gathering place for visitors from around the world. All along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue one will find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts. Reginald and I left the Ko Olina resort midmorning on a shuttle that dropped us off near the Royal Hawaiian Resort on Waikiki Beach. Built in 1927, the iconic Royal Hawaiian Resort, known as the "Pink Palace of the Pacific," is an exclusive destination known for luxury and romance with unbelievable panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Waikiki Beach
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The Royal Hawaiian Resort
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Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki
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Walking along the busy streets in Waikiki we craned our necks looking at all of the high rise resort hotels, shops and restaurants along the way. The weather was warm and sunny with a nice breeze off the ocean. We finally stopped at the Waikiki Beach Walk development to do a little shopping and more sightseeing before heading back to the Royal Hawaiian for lunch. Our waiter showed us to a nice covered table out on the patio of the hotel restaurant where we had an excellent view of the beach and the imposing sight of Diamond Head Volcano in the background.

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Diamond Head is a crater that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, harbor defense became a primary responsibility, so one of the major defense forts, Fort Ruger, was built in the Diamond Head Crater. An observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide target sighting and a four level underground complex was built within the walls of the crater as a command post. Today tourists often hike some 99 steps to the observation deck to take in the spectacular views of the entire west side of the island.

Knowing that the Royal Hawaiian would be our last stop of the day before catching the shuttle back to the Ko Olina Beach Club, my husband and I decided to indulge ourselves with some seriously large tropical cocktails and some appetizers. Taking the recommendations of our waiter, we ordered Garlic Shrimp and Garlic French Fries to go with our drinks (we really like garlic). Oh. My. God. Wonderful does not begin to describe our meal. The fresh perfectly cooked boiled shrimp and crispy shoestring fries were drizzled with melted butter and minced fresh garlic. It was to die for. We slowly sipped our drinks, ate our lunch and soaked up the astounding views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. It as a fabulous afternoon spent watching the surfers in the ocean and the families enjoying themselves on the beach.

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Arriving back at our resort later that evening, we relaxed in our villa and reflected on the lovely day we spent in Waikiki. Oahu so far had been a delight and we were excited about doing the “Circle the Island Tour” we would be taking next day.

Coming up, exploring the island of Oahu, more garlic shrimp, giant sea turtles and famous movie and television film sets. To be continued........

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
Owner/Travel Consultant
Meetings & Events Unlimited Travel Services

Posted by Gerriv 08:24

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