Rick Egged

January 3, 2014 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

President of Waikiki Improvement Association


Aloha and welcome to Waikiki.

The new year in Waikiki starts with a bang! At exactly midnight, a barrage of colorful salutes will signal the start of the New Year, accompanied by a jazz version of “Auld Lang Syne.” The show sponsored by the Waikiki Improvement Association is directly off shore, visible from all Waikiki beaches.

January in Waikiki on O’ahu highlights two of America’s most popular sports. Featuring some of PGA’s biggest stars, the Sony Open returns to the Waialae Country Club in Kahala from January 6 to 12.

The 2014 NFL Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday, January 26 at Aloha Stadium and features a game between the best players in the National Football League’s American Football Conference versus the National Football Conference. Where else can you see the greatest stars of the NFL all in one place? The Pro Bowl in Hawai’i is not just the game but a full calendar of related events, most notable the Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki on Saturday, January 25.

January 18 and 19, 2014 at Kapi’olani Park behind the Bandstand is the 16th Annual Pacific Islands Arts Festival, featuring the multi-ethnic arts/crafts of our islands, craftmaking demonstrations, Hawaiian music and hula.

January and February have various cultural events celebrating Chinese New Year and on President’s Day, February 17, one of the most fun participatory events in Hawai’i occurs, the 30th annual Great Aloha Run.

These events are just part of the excitement that takes place every day in Waikiki. The main artery of Waikiki is Kalakaua Avenue where you can find a great range of shopping from Hawaiian crafts and surf shops to the top designer stores in the world. The dining in Waikiki provides delicious food for every taste and budget. Beautiful Kalakaua Avenue was recently proclaimed one of “America’s Great Streets by the American Planning Association.

Aloha and mahalo for coming to Waikiki! Together we made 2013 a tremendous year and from all of us, we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2014.