If you are traveling to Oahu in Hawaii, it is most likely you will be spending some time in Waikiki. There are many fun and exciting things to do in Waikiki, but as a traveler, you cannot miss spending some time at Waikiki Beach. On Waikiki Beach, you see everything associated with Hawaii, like the palm trees, beautiful beaches, and surfers.
Duke Kahanamoku and Waikiki Beach
When travelers think of Waikiki, the first thing they think of is the beach! On Kalakaua Avenue, the main street located parallel to the beach, you see the symbol of Waikiki Beach, Duke Kahanamoku, with many leis hanging from his arms. Duke Kahanamoku is an iconic figure of Waikiki, and this is where many tourists take a picture to show that they came to Waikiki!
Duke Kahanamoku is one of the greatest watermen in the world who was the master of swimming, surfing, and canoe paddling. Having incredibly impressive achievements in winning gold medals in the Olympics and being the pioneer of Waikiki Beach Boys, he is the figure everyone admires and respects in Hawaii. With big open arms welcoming you to Waikiki, the statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcomes everyone to Waikiki with the aloha spirit.
Take a surfing lesson from Waikiki Beach Boys
The legacy of Duke Kahanamoku is still being passed on, even today, to the Waikiki Beach Boys who teach surfing and want to share the great Hawaiian experience with other visitors who surf in Waikiki Beach. Depending on when you visit throughout the year, because of the South swells (more prominent during the summer) and North swells (more prominent in the spring and winter time), some of the surf spots around the island can be very intimidating to beginners and first timers. You may not be able to try surfing at other locations, but at Waikiki Beach, being a shallow beach with smaller waves, it would be the perfect location for any first timers or beginners to try surfing.
The prices differ depending on what kind of services you are looking for and which company you learn from, but just to give you an idea, it is about 90 USD for a 2 hour group lesson on Waikiki Beach. Though, If you are seeking more of a hands-on experience by taking private lessons, it is around 200 USD to get a 2-hour private lesson for one person. If you already have experience surfing, there are also options to just rent out surfboards.
Sit back and relax
Of course, you may not be so keen on being active and trying to surf, which in that case it is not a problem at all to just sit back and relax at Waikiki Beach. This beach attracts travelers from all over the world, so it might be fun to simply watch people pass by at the beach, or just close your eyes and relax, listening to the waves crush. Depending on the time of the day, you might see hula performances, and other performances, at the grass stage of Waikiki Beach. You will find there are many different ways to enjoy some beach time here.
The banyan trees on Waikiki Beach
If you walk along Kalakaula Avenue, you will run into a massive banyan tree. The banyan tree is the national tree of India, and you will run into quite few of impressive banyan trees around Waikiki, and beyond.
Like Duke Kahanamoku, this banyan tree has also become a symbol of Waikiki Beach, acting like a tree spirit protecting and overseeing everyone’s activities on the beach. You’ll see visitors stopping by and taking pictures at the tree, like Duke Kahanamoku. It is simply an impressive power of nature.
Surf where "the father of modern surfing" once did at Waikiki Beach
If you have surfing on your wish list, Waikiki Beach is where you want to go for your first time in Hawaii, or anywhere around the world. Duke Kahanamoku was considered the father of modern surfing, and having surfed at Waikiki himself, you should also try surfing at this friendly Hawaiian beach. You may see more experienced surfers out there, but there are plenty of others just like you on Waikiki Beach, and I will guarantee you that you will have a blast!
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