MES­SAGE FROM GE­ORGE SZIGETI

Pres­i­dent and CEO Hawai‘i Lodg­ing and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion

Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME -

Aloha Kakou,

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.

Take ad­van­tage of it all while you are here, be­cause best of all, Waikiki of­fers op­tions to suit ev­ery pocket book.

On the cal­en­dar is the an­nual three-day Honolulu Fes­ti­val, Mar. 1-3, held in Waikiki and cel­e­brat­ing a rich and vi­brant blend of Asian and Pa­cific Is­land cul­tures through ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, ac­tiv­i­ties, craft fairs, demon­stra­tions, and clos­ing with a Grand Pa­rade and fire­works show Sun­day evening.

My sug­ges­tion? Slow down. Soak up some sun, splash around in the surf. Take an ad­ven­ture or two, or shop and dine at your own speed. Meet lo­cal folks. Feel our warmth and spread the aloha.

Have a great stay!

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