10 Things to Know about Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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.


Oahu Hawaii 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.


Diamond Head seen behind Waikiki Beach


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.


Waikiki Beach Lifeguard Stand


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.


Waikiki Beach



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.


Duke Statue Waikiki Beach Hawaii


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.



View from the top of Diamond Head


10. There are many things to do in Waikiki including world class shopping, great restaurants, a variety of Waikiki Watersports, the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium.

Bonus:  Waikiki Beach is one of the best places in the world to take in the sunset.


Waikiki Sunset


Waikiki has something for everyone! What is your favorite thing about Waikiki Beach?

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6 Responses to 10 Things to Know about Waikiki Beach

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  4. I truly enjoy Waikiki. I have met some great friends there, especially on the Mai Tai Cruise! 🙂

  5. Pat Taylor says:

    Don’t forget the camera at the Duke statue. You can be seen in real time by those back home online. you can access camera by going to Oahu DOT website.

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