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Waikiki Beach Hawaii
The Duke Kahanamoku Statue welcomes you to one of the most popular beaches in the world. Waikiki Beach is host to more than 4 million visitors every year and boasts famous views of Diamond Head (Leahi). Thanks to its small but long-lasting wave break, this is one of the best places in Hawaii to learn how to surf or paddle a canoe. Waikiki is actually made of a few beaches including Fort DeRussy Beach to the west, Waikiki Beach (fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Westin Moana Surfrider), Kuhio Beach (along Kalakaua Avenue) and Queen Surf Beach, home to quieter stretches on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki.
Waikiki Aquarium Site:
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Have you ever looked into the eye of a zebra shark? Seen an octopus opening a jar? Or met the real-life versions of Dori and Nemo? Located next to a living coral reef, the award winning Waikīkī Aquarium brings guests face-to-fin with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea jellies, squid, octopus and more!
Memorable Dining on the Sands of Waikiki Beach
Duke's Waikiki, named in honor of surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, is a seafood restaurant where great tasting food and the aura of old Hawaii are the fashion. Located oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, the restaurant and Barefoot Bar are popular spots for beachboys (and beachgirls), locals and visitors alike.
Duke's Waikiki is located right on the site of the original Outrigger Canoe Club, overlooking the spot where Duke rode the biggest wave of his life.
The restaurant is reminiscent of a gentler and younger Waikiki, when canoeing and surfing were in their heyday, beachboys ruled, and Duke was the undisputed "king of the ocean". A virtual museum, Duke's features an extensive collection of Duke memorabilia, including framed photographs, a koa outrigger canoe, surfboards, and old Hawaiian posters. The decor adds to the overall ambiance, with palm-thatched roofs and umbrellas, rich koa wood paneling, touches of bamboo and lauhala, and a salt-water aquarium.
No visit to Hawaii is complete without a visit to Duke's, where you can enjoy a relaxing breakfast, leisurely lunch, romantic dinner, or tropical cocktail with live Hawaiian entertainment - all in the spirit of old Waikiki, all in the spirit of Duke.
Annual Events at Oahu
Kaiwi Channel Reley - Oahu (May)
The Kaiwi Challenge, a 39-mile race for one-man canoes is held every year in May.
Honolulu Triathlon (May)
Triathletes from around the world visit Oahu each May to compete in the Honolulu Triathlon.
ANNUAL WORLD FIREKNIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS (May)
The world’s most talented fireknife dancers battle for the art's premier title “World Fireknife Champion” at this thrilling must-see event, showcasing four divisions, including the world's original group competition.
ANNUAL LANTERN FLOATING HAWAII (May)
Every year on Memorial Day, tens of thousands of people gather on Oahu’s south shore along with thousands more who join this event via live streaming and telecast to honor loved ones and generate hope toward the future.
ANNUAL UKULELE FESTIVAL HAWAII (July)
Free. The largest ukulele festival of its kind in the world.
MOLOKAI TO OAHU PADDLEBOARD RACE - MAUNALOA BAY, OAHU (July)
An international field of more than 200 paddlers take on the 32-mile course across the Kaiwi Channel in the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race.
ANNUAL HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - OAHU STYLE (August)
Festival will showcase some of the world's greatest artists in the slack key guitar genre.