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Posts Tagged ‘Hilton Lagoon’

Happy New Year!

Posted by Jody on December 31, 2012

OK, maybe it doesn’t come close to the Sydney New Year’s US$6.9 million fireworks extravaganza from the steel arch Habour Bridge, and it has nothing near the glitz of the First Night celebration with the well known Zambelli Fireworks spectacular over Boston Harbor, but it is a room with a great view and a fireworks show!

So, Happy New Year with all the glitter and glow from Waikiki Beach’s man made Hilton Lagoon (aka: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon)! The ocean beach next to the lagoon, Duke Kahanamoku Beach, has been named the #2 beach in America for 2012 by the well-respected “Dr. Beach.”  This is where world famous Waikiki Beach begins.

The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon is the setting of a free fireworks display, hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which takes place every Friday evening. It’s one fine show!

A room with a view, Honolulu, Hawaii

A Room with a View, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hilton Lagoon, Waikiki Beach

Hilton Lagoon, Waikiki Beach

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki Beach

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki Beach

The Hilton Lagoon has always been one of our favorite sandy spots on Waikiki. This family friendly, kid pleasing swimming and recreation center boasts five full acres of splashable fun that is open to Hilton Hawaiian Village guests and the general public, alike. It’s also the spot where you can catch a parade of brides and grooms posing for dazzling and dramatic wedding photos, with sun-drenched Waikiki Beach and iconic Diamond Head as their backdrop. This is the perfect place to catch those amazing Hawaiian sunrises, too!

By the way, do you recognize this unique building?  It’s the Ilikai, where Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), the head of a special state police task force, is standing in the opening credits for the original Hawaii 5-O. “Book ’em, Danno.”

Here are a couple helpful links: Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (includes family friendly freebies near Waikiki Beach)

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon

Aloha and Beat Wishes for 2013!

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Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon (aka: The Hilton Lagoon), Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Posted by Jody on November 7, 2011

The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon, is named for the “Father of Modern Surfing.”  Located at the far west end of Waikiki Beach (on the Hilton Hawaiian Village property), the public is welcome to enjoy this great big sandy “pool” in its beautifully landscaped, park-like setting. Frolicking children and families can spend the day splashing and playing in the inviting calm, clear water of this five acre saltwater lagoon.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, View from the Ilikai, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

The man made Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon has its origins in the 1950’s as part of  Henry J. Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village complex. In 1961 the property became a Hilton resort and in 2006 the lagoon was closed for a massive $15,000,000 renovation project.  Our family has actually enjoyed the “Hilton Lagoon” both before and after its incredible transformation! According to the Hilton Hawaiian Village the 2006-2007 renovation included: “a state-of-the-art water circulation system featuring seven saltwater wells 195-250 feet below the surface of the ocean. The wells draw in about 15,000 gallons of water per minute from the ocean, helping to turn over the water about five times a day. The lagoon’s depth has gone from about 12 feet to approximately five feet, and more than 35,000 tons of sand have been used to replenish the beach and bottom of the lagoon.”  The unprecedented project added lovely Hawaiian landscaping and a boardwalk which skirts the lagoon. The boardwalk is quite popular with morning  joggers.  Newly placed benches are a great spot for those who just want to sip their coffee and enjoy a sunrise.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon (©Jody Diehl)

The calm, cool water of the lagoon is perfect for swimming, wading, and tame water sports such as stand-up paddling. You can conveniently rent stand-up paddle surfboards, waterbees, kayaks, and aqua cycles lagoon-side. Don’t get your heart set on building sandcastles in the sand surrounding the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, though.  It’s rather hard and quite coarse.  No problem! You can easily cross over the boardwalk to the more beachy sand of Waikiki’s Kahanamoku Beach.

*The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon is the setting of a free fireworks display, hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which takes place every Friday evening.  It’s one great show!*

For more on the beaches of Waikiki check out Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach.

Aloha!

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