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!

coconut palm trees on the strip of Waikiki Beach

Where we like to eat in Waikiki

July 18, 2015

Waikiki has TONS of fantastic restaurants to choose from—whether you’re looking for a quick bite on the go or a five-star, six-course dinner at a Chef’s Table or anything in between. Hawaii’s culinary scene has exploded (more…)

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