Every winter, powerful swells cross thousands of miles of open ocean and descend upon the Hawaiian Islands, creating some of the biggest, most powerful and most challenging waves on the planet. Every November/December, the surfing world watches the best surfers compete for the crown, the Triple Crown of Surfing.
The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall. More...
We recommend you plan your visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial by reserving your space in advance.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku lived from 1890-1968. He was born and raised in Waikiki and was a full-blooded Hawaiian, representing the culture to millions of people. He was an Olympic champion winning three gold, two silver, and one bronze metal in four Olympics between 1912 and 1922. He is known as the Father of International Surfing. His statue is located on Waikiki Beach next to the Waikiki Police Station on Kalakaua Avenue, across the street from the Hyatt Regency and King’s Village Hotels.
This is the Mother of all Tips: When in Waikiki, get to the Halekulani (a hotel on the “ewa”, or west end of Waikiki, where Lewers Street meets the ocean). Try to arrive (ahem, in the nicest cloths you have) around 5pm. Find your way to the “House Without A Key” and get seated poolside. Order one of their world famous Mai Tai and pupu (Hawaiian word for “appetizers”). You will be treated to a hula performance that is, unbelievably, free of charge. Woot.