A stunning change has taken place in Waikiki
Our first trip to Hawaii was in 1982. Waikiki in those days had puka shell vendors on every corner, sidewalks so crowded you couldn’t move, no place on the beach for our mat and “girls of the night” up and down the streets. I can’t believe it is the same place today. Now it is a wonderful to spend some time, not just connections at the airport to get to Paradise – Waikiki is part of Paradise.
The south end of Kalakaua Avenue is right across the street from the beach. There are no hotels on the beach in that area. We stayed at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. The area is quiet and easy walking all along the beach. We could grab a picnic lunch at any ABC store and head into the sand and picnic tables. Even taking rolls and coffee over in the morning was a treat. In the evening there are concerts on the beach and lots of activities. The zoo is at this end of Waikiki.
The International Marketplace still has many kiosks for shopping and the banyan tree is still there. Lots of places to get inexpensive food. Here is where the hotels on the beach begin.
But the most recent surprise is what has happend to Lewers with the Waikiki Beach Walk. Many of the old hotels have been torn down and a whole new shopping/eating area has been developed. Several new hotels are also in that area. Here you are close to Fort Durussy and that beautiful grassy area that goes down into the sand. A great condo butts up to the park area and you walk right into the sand.
Whatever your budget, there is a property for you on Waikiki. All the name brands of hotels are here as well as some lower priced properties. Here are some tips when looking at hotels in the Waikiki area:
- What view of the ocean do you want?
- How far are you willing to walk to get into the sand?
- Do you want a condo so you can cook some of your meals?
- Is it a special occasion you are celebrating?
- What kind of activities do you enjoy?