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Posts Tagged ‘Waikiki Beach Hawaii’

Honolulu, How Do You Do?

Posted by E.G.D. on March 15, 2015

This actually comes earlier in the Jody-and-Greg cruise timeline than Samoa… they swung through Honolulu, a city with which I am intimately acquainted ^_^.  Hawaii probably needs no introduction for followers of this site, so without further ado, here are some beautiful photographs!

Iconic (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Iconic (Photo © Jody Diehl)

It not only hurts your foot, it can kill the coral! As always, mind the sign! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

It not only hurts your foot, it can kill the coral! As always, mind the sign! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Long Shadows (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Long Shadows (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Diamond Head (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Diamond Head (Photo © Jody Diehl)

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Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)

Posted by Jody on January 3, 2014

~ An oldie but goodie!

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What will you find on Waikiki Beach? Surfers, sunsets and sea glass!

World famous Waikiki Beach, once the favored playground of Hawaiian royalty, is one of my all-time favorite beaches for its scenery and sea glass collecting.  Waikiki Beach’s beautiful, clean white sands stretch for nearly two miles from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the  iconic Diamond Head crater.  The entire sandy strand has smaller named stretches of beach.  Beginning near the Hilton Lagoon (a very tame place for a family swim) they are: Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach, Gray’s Beach, Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach Center, and Queens Beach.

There are so many free things to do on Waikiki Beach.  That’s darn good news for those hard-earned vacation dollars! Of course, #1 on my list is beachcombing for sea glass!  I’ve been to Waikiki Beach numerous times and have yet to find a handful of whole seashells in…

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A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Smile

Posted by Jody on January 29, 2013

Smile!

Elisa’s great big smile!

On this bright and sunny day Elisa and I were relaxing at Fort DeRussy Beach Park which is located on a lovely, relatively uncrowded stretch of Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii). Fort DeRussy Beach Park is a public, grassy area with plenty of shaded picnic tables. It was a great spot to set a spell and thoroughly enjoy our fresh & delicious pineapple fruit boats along with amazing views of the wide sandy beach and sparkling Pacific Ocean. ~Smiles all around!~

One of the must-haves for every member of our family on any beach trip is a big floppy sun hat (for the guys: this translates to a manly wide brimmed hat). Elisa always seems to do this best!!

What is a must-have on your list for a fun day at the beach?

sun block____________

water________________

big floppy sun hat__

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A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Smile

Related Waikiki Beach posts: The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon, Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge – Cloud

Posted by Jody on January 9, 2013

Just Another Morning in Paradise

Morning in Paradise, Waikiki Beach

Many folks who visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu just can’t wait to see the much ballyhooed Waikiki sunsets. And, yes, Waikiki’s sunsets really are worth the wait. But we morning people get to begin the day in paradise with another one of Mother Nature’s most unique and beautiful spectacles: the sunrise over Diamondhead. Sunrises on Waikiki Beach come with the extra bonus of having a peaceful, uncrowded shoreline almost entirely to yourself.

Waikiki Sunrise

Waikiki Sunrise

Set your alarm. You won’t want to miss this!

A Word a Week Photo Challenge – Cloud

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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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Sailing Together

Posted by Jody on July 30, 2012

“Sailing Together” Waikiki Beach Evening

“Well, it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.”

~Sailing by Christopher Cross

This photo was taken from the shores of Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. The sun was just beginning to set on another beautiful day in paradise. Aloha!

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Good Morning!

Posted by Jody on July 16, 2012

Waikiki Sunrise

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”
~William Arthur Ward

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Signs that make you go “Yikes!”

Posted by Jody on June 25, 2012

If you’ve been to Oahu some time after 1990, you probably have this shot in your vacation collection! This photo has probably been taken a million times by tourists over the years. I, of course, am no exception. In fact, I take a few shots of this very image every time I’m on Waikiki Beach!

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Waikiki Beach

Born and raised in Waikiki, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was an Olympic champion swimmer, master surfer and expert outrigger canoe paddler. Known as the Father of Modern Surfing, a bronze statue of Duke welcomes locals and tourists to Waikiki Beach with open arms.

If you can’t make it to the beach, you can still see what’s happening around this statue! The City of Honolulu has a 24/7 webcam so you can check up on the conditions and live vicariously though the happy beach-goers. If you are on the beach already, smile, wave (maybe do a little dance), and show your friends how you are living it up in Hawaii. People from around the world can watch you, with musical accompaniment, near the Duke Kahanamoku statue and on the sands of Waikiki. This would be a very bad place to lose your suit to the surf!

Now, take another look at the picture above, right beside Duke’s left knee. Do you see it? There is a beach warning sign that really surprised me because there were so many people playing in the ocean on this day.

Yikes!

Even though there were plenty of swimmers and surfers nearby, it certainly was enough to keep me out of the water. That’s OK, though. It was the absolute perfect day for beachcombing. It always is!

Go ahead and take a look. Sit back, relax, and start the week off on the soft, warm sands of Waikiki Beach.

Aloha!

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Where the Locals Go: Ala Moana Beach, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Posted by alainaflute on February 10, 2012

A stone’s throw from the Ala Moana Shopping Center, just northwest of famous Waikiki Beach, a lovely stretch of sand with a local vibe calls you to dip your feet in the water, build a sand castle, or just sit on the nearby lawn with a picnic. Ala Moana Beach Park feels like a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy (and often touristy) Honolulu. Thanks to a protective coral reef, the waves here are rather tame. This family friendly beach even has a lifeguard on duty.

View of Waikiki and Diamond Head from Ala Moana Beach (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Ala Moana Beach doesn’t have the white sand and glamour of Waikiki, but it’s a wonderful spot to enjoy the sun and surf without being elbow to elbow with vactioning beach-goers.

My Sister, the Local, at Ala Moana Beach (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Don’t forget your sunscreen, and have a great day at the beach!

Sister’s Note: two more super perks of Ala Moana Beach Park are that A) you’re right across the street from Ward Center, where there’s a great local coffee joint and a local chocolate shop, among numerous other things and B) there is a mini-peninsula attached to it that is basically dedicated to picnicking.  Said peninsula is called “Magic Island,” and I like to have cast parties there.  I will be writing an article about that later ^_^ -E.G.D.

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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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