MESSAGE FROM SCOTT INGWERS
Aloha kakou, Waikiki is such an amazing place. Beyond the sparkling waters and pristine beaches, there’s a history of royalty, a blending of memorable cuisine from around the world and activities and experiences to delight each and every visitor. From surfing to shopping to hiking or just relaxing, there is such an array to do and see!
But more importantly, Waikiki is about our Hawaiian culture and the feeling that brings to residents and visitors alike. It’s about the view of the stretch of sand across our famous Waikiki beach, ending with the iconic image of Diamond Head. It’s captured in the momentum of the waves as they sweep over the scattered surfers at dawn’s first light. It’s shared when we come across a visitor or a local kama‘aina, and with a simple word… “Aloha,” we bond for the first time and feel the kindness and a warmth that is inherent.
Having moved from Maui to O‘ahu four years ago, in preparation to open Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, I found myself learning about an entirely new aspect of Hawai‘i life. Waikiki’s storied history was fascinating, and its vibrant pace was such an exciting change from the country life on Maui. Its cosmopolitan feel was something entirely new, yet refreshingly familiar… because wherever you find yourself in this beautiful state; the lingering sense of aloha is ever-present.
I invite you to sip our famous Mai Tai at Wai‘olu Ocean View Lounge at Trump Waikiki, to enjoy the hula show on Beach Walk or to people-watch on the beach or at the Market Place. Take the time to snorkel in our warm waters and to enjoy the day’s ending while watching a spectacular sunset. Make time for these special moments and create memories with those closest to you.
You’ll recognize the feeling of Waikiki when it washes over you, during your visit or in a daydream after you return back home.
Remember, your visit can be just about anything you want it to be, and almost magically, more than what you could ever have expected.
“E komo mai” (welcome) to Waikiki—may the warmth of Aloha touch you as it has touched so many others.
Me ke aloha pumehana.