MESSAGE FROM GEORGE SZIGETI
President and CEO Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association
It’s wonderful to see Waikiki full of happy visitors from all corners of the globe. For more than a century, travelers have been enthralled by our native Hawaiian culture and hospitality, basked in Waikiki’s sapphire waters, and walked barefoot in the sand while trade winds stir the coconut fronds. This is the essence of Waikiki, and it hasn’t changed over time.
Today, on these beloved shores, the past and future are uniting in fresh and surprising ways as Waikiki has blossomed into a vibrant and cosmopolitan 21st-century playground.
World-class accommodations can be found at new and upgraded hotels, timeshares and condominiums. Nightlife is flourishing and culinary options abound from Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine to delicacies inspired by cultures from around the world.
Swaths of Waikiki Beach have been widened. Kalakaua Avenue with its multitude of designer stores is mentioned in the same breath as Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are perfect for family outings. And there are exciting jet ski, parasailing and submarine explorations, as well as whale watching and romantic sunset cruises to be enjoyed.
This holiday season, you may want to sign up for the Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 9, or at least stroll to festive Kapi‘olani Park and cheer home the finishers. My suggestion? Slow down. Soak up some sun, splash around in the surf. Meet local folks. Feel our warmth and spread the aloha.
Have a great stay!