A trip to Oahu is not complete without checking out Waikiki Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Here are 10 things you need to know about Waikiki Beach.
1. “Wai” means fresh water, and “kiki” means spring—thus its nickname, “Spouting Fresh Water.”
2. Waikiki Beach is a 2 mile stretch of paradise.
3. Kamehameha I arrived at Waikiki Beach from the Big Island ready to claim Oahu. He moved inward until taking the island after pushing warriors off the Pali Cliffs. This event is marked at the Pali Lookout.
4. Waikiki became a vacation retreat for Hawaiian Royalty in the 19th century.
5. The Moana Surfrider, built in 1901, was the first hotel in Waikiki.
6. In 1928 the Ala Wai Canal was built and drained all of the fresh water from Waikiki. Sand was imported to Waikiki to create one of the most famous beaches in the world.
7. Modern surfing began in Waikiki. It is a great location for both beginning surfers taking Waikiki Surf Lessons and for those that have been surfing for their entire lives.
8. Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing in Waikiki. His family home was where the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is located today. He was an Olympic gold medalist in swimming and actually taught visitors how to surf. He is known as “The father of modern surfing.” The Duke Statue was dedicated in 1990 and is one of the most famous landmarks in Waikiki.
9. The gorgeous backdrop of Waikiki Beach is Diamond Head crater. Diamond Head can be admired from Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Beach can be admired from the top of Diamond Head Crater.
Bonus: Waikiki Beach is one of the best places in the world to take in the sunset.
Waikiki has something for everyone! What is your favorite thing about Waikiki Beach?