MES­SAGE FROM PETER SHAINDLIN

Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Haleku­lani Cor­po­ra­tion

Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME -

Wel­come to Waikiki, one of the world’s most ex­cit­ing and unique va­ca­tion play­grounds! I have the lux­ury of “work­ing” here ev­ery day but still, it’s hard for me to com­pre­hend the real depth and va­ri­ety that this fab­u­lous area has to of­fer.

Imag­ine that just yards from the world’s most iconic surf­ing beach, you can eat a burger or sam­ple five-di­a­mond French cui­sine; stroll in your bathing suit down in­cred­i­ble palm-shaded Kalakaua Av­enue and shop lit­er­ally hun­dreds of fine bou­tiques; see a live hula show in a grassy glade and then re­turn to your ho­tel for spa treat­ments or per­haps a leg­endary Mai Tai. But even for all of the un­sur­passed life­style ameni­ties Waikiki boasts, it also rep­re­sents a re­mark­able cul­tural his­tory that is so idyl­lic and en­chanted, it’s al­most hard to truly com­pre­hend: th­ese same shores in prior cen­turies were once a scenic blend of marshes, farm fields and fish­ing vil­lages go­ing back to an­cient times when the early Hawai­ian peo­ple lived an ex­otic, yet sim­ple life framed by an al­most mu­si­cal lan­guage. They drew food from the earth and sea, and bathed in “holy” wa­ters from a nat­u­ral spring at the site where to­day, Haleku­lani’s famed 140-year-old ki­awe tree pro­vides a nat­u­ral sun roof above our daily sun­set hula per­for­mances.

Through all of th­ese years, what hasn’t changed is the gen­uine and pro­found “Spirit of Aloha” es­poused by the thou­sands of res­i­dents and tourism pro­fes­sion­als here daily to en­sure that your Hawai­ian ex­pe­ri­ence is a com­pelling and mem­o­rable one. We hope that you’ll en­joy a trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence here in Hawai‘i and that you might be­come our next “ambassador” of aloha! Thank you for com­ing and have a won­der­ful trip!

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