Set Sail in Waikiki

August 15, 2016

Catamaran

The perfect way to spend a half day on Oahu or to heck out a breathtaking sunset in Waikiki is to book a ride on one of the beach’s catamarans. Our friends at Holokai Catamaran offer a variety of cruises including the Turtle Canyon Adventure Sail, Tradewind Sail and the world-famous Sunset Sail. Guests are invited to soak in the sun and salt sitting on the nets in the front of the beautiful boat or to hang out and have a more leisurely sail in the back.

Depending on the time of year, guests may see giant sea turtles, spinner dolphins, humpback whales and much more. Snorkeling gear is provided during the daytime tours along with a variety of refreshments. The sunset cruise is like “happy hour at sea.” Guests can treat themselves to champagne or a variety of local beers or soft drinks. There’s nothing like a Waikiki sunset on the Pacific! For more info and pricing, visit the Holokai website.

Fitness in the Land of Aloha

May 23, 2016

Waikiki offers a number of great options for visitors looking to stay in shape when on vacation. One great option that you may not be able to do at home is Yoga on the Beach. Chocolate-Pineapple Sport Yoga offers daily classes on the beach at 7am and a class in Kapiolani Park (a short walk from the hotel) at 9:30am. They also offer sunset yoga two times per week. Find the class schedule here.

For those looking for something a little more vigorous, Egan’s Training Camp on King Street is a great option. Offering morning and evening classes, this class is not for the faint of heart and will definitely make you sweat.

A short walk from Vive Hotel Waikiki, guests can also find more traditional gyms which offer day passes for visitors. 24 Hour Fitness on Kalakaua Avenue offers both classes and a variety of state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Please let our concierge know if you have any questions about fitness classes or other outdoor activities such as surfing or stand up paddle boarding– you can get some sun and a workout all in one setting!

Hula Shows in Waikiki– A Must Do While in the Islands

May 10, 2016

palms

When most people think of Hawaii, they think of the famous beautiful beaches, palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze, ukulele music and of course, hula dancers.

Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by either a chant or a song. Hula was actually developed in the Hawaiian islands and tells a visual story of the words of the chant or song through dance. There are several places to watch this beautiful art form take place in Waikiki and you don’t have to sign up for a pricey luau to participate. Nightly, the Halekulani’s House Without a Key offers guests distinctive Hawaiian music paired with the graceful dancing of five former winners of Miss Hawaii, Kanoe Miller, Debbie Nakanelua, Lauren Matsumoto, Skyler Kamaka and Radasha Ho’ohuli.

Guests at Vive Hotel Waikiki looking to stay a bit closer can walk just a few blocks to Kuhio Beach on Tuesday evenings at 6pm during the month of May to catch an hour-long hula show. Bring a beach chair or beach mat and relax to some local music that is bound to make you feel like you’re on vacation– even if you’re not!

Cruise The Streets of Waikiki

March 2, 2016

standing next to his bike at Waikiki Beach

If you want to check out different areas of Waikiki, there’s no better way than to hop on a bike. Hawaiian Style Rentals is a short walk from our hotel and offers a variety of bikes, suitable for everyone. All bikes come with a helmet, water bottle holder and lock so you can feel secure while you check out the sights, take a hike or enjoy Honolulu’s best restaurants. Many of the busses on the island are bike-friendly so you can even head up the North Shore and do your own tour of the island. The shopping bikes also have baskets—perfect for picking up groceries to bring back to the hotel. Seeing Oahu on two wheels is one of the best ways to be out side and take in the sights—with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat!

Go on a hike…

Manoa Falls

Diamond Head Crater

Bikeable restaurants we love…

Irifune

Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill

Ono Hawaiian Foods

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