Waikiki Beach is a 2-mile stretch of shoreline from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the Outrigger Canoe Club. Waikiki translates to “spouting water”. Waikiki was originally wetlands, but as the location became more popular, the Waikiki Reclamation Project channeled stream run-off into the ocean west of Waikiki. Tons of coral were dredged from here in the making of the Ala Wai Canal. The coral was used to fill in the wetlands, and by 1927, the Ala Wai Canal was completed.
Waikiki Beach is miles of sun-bleached sand lined with 4- and 5-star resorts. There are several vendors, rental equipment stands, concessions, anything you might be wishing for. The first hotel in Waikiki was the “Moana”. The Moana is now called the “Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel”. The “Royal Hawaiian Hotel” is another historic pillar of Waikiki. Waikiki Beach hosts Sunset on the Beach.
Imagine a drive-in theater at the beach with a 30-foot screen. What a surreal experience. There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to Hawaiian music as the sun fades behind the screen. “Sunset on the Beach” is held every other Saturday and Sunday at Queens Surf Beach. The movies are always free and family friendly. The entertainment before the movies is also free. There are many chairs already set up but it’s smart to bring your own to Waikiki Beach if you don’t get there early.