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!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Stay!

September 18, 2015

coconut palm trees on the strip of Waikiki Beach

Are you coming to Oahu for the Honolulu Marathon this December? If you are, Vive Hotel Waikiki is a great spot to call home base. Located just a short walk from the finish line, Vive is located at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, outside of the hustle and bustle of the major touristy areas. The hotel is also located within walking distance of the Waikiki Shell where the All-You-Can-Eat Luau and Cpncert will be held that Friday. The Expo Courtesy Shuttle also has a pick-up station at the Duke statue on Kalakaua Avenue, which is just a few short blocks from the hotel.

Our friendly concierges will be on-hand to book pre or post race massages and treatments at any of the spas, located just a short distance from the property. Our cosmopolitan queen rooms also provide bathtubs—perfect for taking an ice-cold bat after the marathon. Please let us know how we can make your marathon experience the best possible one yet—we are here to answer any questions you might have.

Mahalo!

Hawaii- Some History About The Best Place To Learn To Surf

September 17, 2015

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If you’re looking for some adventure while you’re in Hawaii and want to learn the “Sport of Kings,” and an ancient Hawaiian tradition—Waikiki is the place. Long ago, chiefs in the South Pacific demonstrated their mastery by their skill in the high surf and by how they handled themselves in the water. The first Polynesians arrived in the Hawaiian Islands around the fourth century A.D. and were fantastic watermen and women.

The Hawaiian people did not have a written language until Europeans arrived in the 1700s so their stories were passed down through songs and chants, many of which included their surfing adventures. Boards were hand-crafted from the wood of indigenous trees. The art waned a bit for various cultural and historical reasons in the 1800s and was revived in Waikiki at the start of the 20th century when Duke Kahanamoku, “Ambassador of Aloha” won an Olympic gold medalist in 1912. A Waikiki Beach Boy, he traveled the world popularizing the sport of surfing—staying for a time in Southern California and serving as the inspiration for TV shows such as Gidget and music from The Beach Boys.

Today, surfing is an internationally recognized professional sport and industry. And while it is highly exciting watching these pros, it is a sport anyone can try right here in Waikiki. Vive has teamed up with locally-owned Gone Surfing Hawaii which specializes in private surf lessons for people of any age. Their goal is to provide an unforgettable experience for all of their students that will leave them wanting to come back for more time in the waves. They hope to see you in the waves soon!

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