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.

Com­ing up May 1 - 2 is the an­nual Lei Day Cel­e­bra­tion, a two-day event held at Kapi‘olani Park next to Waikiki. Fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude pageants and com­pe­ti­tions for lei queen, and the mak­ing of col­or­ful and fra­grant flower lei. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hon­olulu­parks.com.

Satur­day, May 18 is our own Hawai‘i Lodg­ing & Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (HLTA) Vis­i­tor In­dus­try Char­ity Walk, which raises funds for lo­cal char­i­ties. It’s a fun stroll from Ala Moana Beach Park through Waikiki and back. Par­tic­i­pants en­joy food, drink and en­ter­tain­ment along the route. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit www. char­i­ty­walkhawaii.org.

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 aloha.

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