George Szigeti

December 4, 2012 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

President and CEO Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association

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!