MES­SAGE FROM SCOTT INGWERS

Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME -

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.

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