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

May 10, 2016


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…


Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill

Ono Hawaiian Foods

Happy 2016!

January 4, 2016

Aloha and happy new year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family and wish you all of the best for a happy and healthy 2016. Have you made your news year’s resolution yet? If travel is a part of yours, we hope to see you in Hawaii soon. And you know we have plenty of outdoor activities to keep you on track with your wellness program. Yoga in the park, running on the beach, surfing, standup paddle boarding or just strolling around Waikiki are just a few options. Please let us know if we can help you plan your next trip to Paradise. We hope to see you soon. Vive was also named Best Lifestyle Boutique Hotel in Waikiki. Check out the video here!

The Oahu Beer Scene

November 2, 2015

Looking for a great spot to taste some local craft brews this Fall? A number of new beer bars and breweries have popped up on the island and many restaurants within a short distance of Vive carry some great local tastes. The ABC stores even carry some great craft beers if you’re looking to relax and unwind in the comfort of your own room.

Waikiki Brewing Company brews its own beers, beer cocktails and local grinds. Started by a local home brewing hobbyist, this is a great spot to grab lunch, dinner or a couple of pours. Honolulu Beerworks is another brewery located just past Ala Moana Shopping Center. The large warehouse space has a rustic interior with lots of community seating—perfect for gathering together to talk story. They pride themselves on filling guests hearts with “liquid love” and also offer a menu of local eats.

Brew’d Craft Pub is a local gastropub that has a number of craft beers on tap along with a menu of delicious small plates and burgers. The pub is open from 4pm – 11pm and has some fun themed nights such as Bingo and Trivia. Square Barrels, located downtown, specializes in the two Bs—beers and burgers. Open for breakfast on Saturdays and lunch and dinner every other day, this is a great spot if you’re hungry! The Yard House, while a chain, is also a great spot if you’re looking to sample beers from around the world. With more than 100 beers on tap (and some available by you guessed it—the yard), the restaurant also offers an extensive menu and is good for larger groups.

Feel free to stop by our concierge for suggestions or reservations. They are happy to help you!

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