There’s More to Do in Honolulu Than The Beach (Although the beaches are amazing!)

May 19, 2017

The island of Oahu offers a wide variety of cultural and artsy attractions and activities for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’d like to see local artisans and artists at work or check out a museum, there is something for everyone. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, designated the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a museum of history and science located in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu. Here you can learn all about Hawaiian culture and peruse the many exhibits that are always rotating.

Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawai‘i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. In addition, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the museum the city’s cultural hub. From here you can also board a shuttle and take a guided tour of the world-famous Shangri La—Doris Duke’s mansion on the water by Diamond Head, which houses a center for Islamic arts and cultures.

The Green Room Gallery is within walking distance of the hotel on Kalakaua Avenue. Here you can check out artwork from local contemporary artists, who much of the time are there for signings and shows which are open to the public. The works are for sale and offer some great items to purchase to remember your visit to the island of Oahu.

Our concierge would be happy to help you plan a visit to any of these wonderful attractions or anything else you might like to do while visiting Oahu. We hope to see you soon!

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

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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!

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