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Friday, August 22, 2014

Greek Festival this weekend near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals in Honolulu

This weekend there is a great family friendly event happening in Waikiki and it's just a short distance from all of our vacation rentals in Honolulu!  It's an event that supports the local community and it's an excellent way to taste handmade sweet treats and locally made foods.  It's the Greek Festival at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park. 
photo courtesy of Linda Hamp 2011
Admission is only $3.00 for adults and children 11 and under and active duty military are free.  Gates open at noon and close at 9:00 p.m. both Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24th.  The event is cash only but there will be ATM's on site. 

If you like pastries, the pastry shop sells all types of delicious treats and usually sells out before the end of the festival.  I usually get a box of assorted treats to take home before I leave.  They are handmade by the members of the Greek Orthodox church and taste like heaven!  There are all kinds of food booths and an air conditioned room with a buffet dinner where you can sit down out of the heat of the day.  Also there is a theater playing films about Greece that is in the air conditioning. 
photo courtesy of Linda Hamp
I just love the venue of McCoy Pavilion.  It has big shady trees and ponds full of Koi fish with benches around them to sit and enjoy the music while watching the fish in the shade of a tree.  Plus, if you get too hot you can just wear your swimsuit under your clothes and jump into the ocean since you are at Ala Moana Beach Park!  If you are staying at our vacation rentals at the Ala Moana Hotel #2726 then you are right across the street.  If you are at our units at the Ilikai Hotel, the Ilikai Marina, or the Waikiki Marina and the Discovery Bay #3510 then you are just a short walk away on the same street.  Otherwise, from our other units I suggest taking a cab or the city bus.  Parking is hard to come by on weekends at the park and a cab will be less than $12 from even our farthest units at the Cabana at Waikiki.  Bring your dancing shoes because there will be lots of live entertainment and Greek dancing! What a great way to have some fun while at our Waikiki vacation rentals in Honolulu!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back in the Day Charity Concert this Saturday near Waikiki

This Saturday, August 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a wonderful family friendly concert in Waikiki.  It benefits the Make-A-Wish-Hawaii charity which grants wishes to children throughout the Hawaiian Islands who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.  Your choice of this concert will bring happiness and hope to the children plus I know you and your family will really enjoy the music.
courtesy of Make A Wish Hawaii

The concert takes place at the Waikiki Shell which is located at 2805 Monserrat Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815.  That's just a few minutes walk from our Waikiki vacation rentals at the Wakiki Sunset, the Cabana at Waikiki, the Waikiki Banyan, the Seashore, and many more.
courtesy of Make A Wish Hawaii

The artists you will hear are Hawaii's favorite live entertainers and include: Henry Kapono of Cecilio and Kapono, Jerry Santos of Olomana, Robert Cazimero of the Cazimero Brothers, Kalapana, Brother Noland (who wrote Coconut Girl), Keola Beamer (who wrote my favorite song: "Honolulu City Lights"), Amy Hanaiali'i, Robi Kahakalau, Sean Naavao, Cyril Pahinui, Raiatea, Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa.

Lawn seats start at $29, Terrace seating is $45 and VIP is $125.00 and are available through Ticketmaster.  You can also just sit outside the Waikiki Shell on the grass at Kapiolani Park and be able to hear the music.  Bring a picnic and the family and friends and it's a cheap night out under the stars in Waikiki!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Made in Hawaii Festival this weekend near Waikiki

Tomorrow is the first day of the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell Center at 777 Ward Avenue in Honolulu near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals.

The doors open at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow and I recommend going early because this is one of Hawaii's favorite family friendly festivals.  We locals wait all year for this event so we can stock up on gifts for the upcoming holidays and for birthdays throughout the year.  Vendors come from all the islands to sell their unique items including produce, plants, fashion, packaged and freshly prepared food, books, crafts, art, carved wood items, furniture, lotions, soaps, cosmetics, jewelry, and much more!  I have my personal favorites such as the Kona Coffee booths from the Big Island and the locally grown chocolate booths.  I always find the booth selling notepads with faint photos of Hawaiian flowers on them.  They sell all sizes of notepads and pens for $1.00 each and they are great little items to send to friends to remind them of the islands.  Next I stock up on the salad dressings, marinades, and Hawaiian flavored salts and sugars.  Your friends back home will absolutely be in love with anything from this festival!
courtesy of Made in Hawaii Festival

I'm also planning to pick up some tips at the live cooking demonstrations from Hawaii's top chefs including the Executive chefs from Roy's Restaurant, the Moana surfrider Hotel and the Halekulani hotel.  Then listen to the comedy of local favorite Frank Delima on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  They will be having live entertainment including Grammy nominated slack key guitarist Makana.  His music was featured in the movie "The Descendants" and he will be on stage at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

Saturday's hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday's hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entry is $5.00 for adults but children 6 and under are free.  There are $1.00 off coupons at First Hawaiian Bank located at the corner of Lewers Street and Kalakaua in Waikiki
courtesy of Made in Hawaii Festival
If you are coming by car there is parking at the Blaisdell Center or at McKinley High School.  The bus route #2 or #13 will bring you there from stops on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki for $2.50 or take the FREE trolley courtesy of Hilo Hattie stores.  The trolley picks up in front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue on Kalakaua Avenue which is across the street from our vacation rental units at the Foster Tower, the Seashore, and the Pacific Monarch.  There is also a trolley stop in front of the US Army Museum on Kalia Road, next to our vacation rental unit at the Waikiki Shore, and another stop at the Ilikai Hotel if you are staying in our vacation rentals there, next door at the Ilikai Marina, or at the Waikiki Marina.  There's a million different reasons to go check it out.  See you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Duke's OceanFest this weekend in Waikiki

This Saturday, August 16th, is the start of the annual Duke's OceanFest in Waikiki

The event is a 9 day tribute to the "Father of International surfing" Duke Kahanamoku.  The festival ends on August 24th which would have been Duke's 124th birthday.

courtesy of Duke's OceanFest

Come down to the beach for this family friendly free Oahu activity and watch the Lifeguard competition, Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta, beach volleyball, surfing, stand up paddle, one mile ocean swim and surfboard water polo athletes compete for prizes and titles.

Most competitions will take place near Queen's Surf and there will be exhibit booths fronting the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki near our Waikiki Vacation Rental units at the Seashore, the Foster Tower, the Pacific Monarch, the Waikiki Park Heights, and many more.
courtesy of Duke's OceanFest
If you are hungry, the official restaurant is Duke's Canoe Club which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I always get their fresh fish which is healthy and delicious and if I'm not too full their Hula Pie is the perfect desert to share.  It's an office favorite! Here's a photo of all of us at Alii Beach Rentals at lunch recently. Yum!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Beer Festival tomorrow in Honolulu near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals

Now that the storm has passed it's time to celebrate with a cold beer in Kaka'ako at the Real Beer Festival in Honolulu on Saturday, August 9th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The festival will take place at Kaka'ako Makai Gateway Park located at 741 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, Hi.  96813.

That's just a short distance from our Waikiki Vacation Rentals units at the Ilikai Hotel, the Ilikai Marina, the Waikiki Marina, and many others.

There will be over 70 craft beers from Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and International Breweries.  A $60 ticket will include 10 tasting samples of 4 ounces each, a souvenir mug, live entertainment and sampling of food that goes great with beer!  It's also a great way to support the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation since all proceeds will benefit this wonderful local organization.

If beer is not your style there are many other great free family activities to enjoy in Waikiki.
Even just enjoying a great morning at the beach with the view of Diamond Head in the distance while taking a swim in the warm pacific ocean is a special way to celebrate another day in Hawaii!   Aloha!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Alii Beach Rentals announces their new sister company: ALII BEACH REALTY

We are very proud to announce a new partnership with our sister company: ALII BEACH REALTY!

As you know, Alii Beach Rentals is the expert in Vacation Rentals on Oahu with many years of property management experience in Waikiki.  We are sure that you love Waikiki as much as we do so one day you may think about owning a vacation home or condo here.  That way your family can enjoy it whenever you want to come without the restrictions of a timeshare.  Then, when you aren't enjoying it we can manage it and add it to our list of rental units.  That way you get checks from us to help cover the costs of owning it.  Plus, it provides a reason to get possible tax deductions on your airfare to Hawaii to check on your investment here.  As the hotel rates continue to climb it's something to think about. Plus, Oahu has consistently had the highest occupancy rates of all the Hawaiian Islands.

Now you are able view all real estate for sale on Oahu through our website: RealEstateHI.com

Also, Alii Beach Realty will let you know about properties for sale that would make great Vacation Rentals such as this one:
Feel free to pass on this information to family and friends who might be interested in owning property in Hawaii!  We look forward to a long relationship with all of you in the future!
Aloha nui loa!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Visit Waikiki's number one beach as listed in "Top 10 Beaches 2014"

We are thrilled to announce that this year one of Waikiki's beach areas claimed the top spot on the list of "Top 10 Beaches 2014" by Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach.   He is known as a director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami.

It's the beach right next to our Waikiki Vacation Rentals at the Ilikai Hotel, the Ilikai Marina, and across the street from our units at the Waikiki Marina and just a short walk from our other units in the area.

courtesy of Hawaii Visitors Bureau

This area just east of the boat marina is called Duke Kahanamoku Beach, named for the Olympic Gold medal swimmer and "father of modern surfing".   This is a popular spot to watch the Friday night fireworks and also for many sporting event competitions.  It's a very family friendly beach due to the coral reef the surrounds the area making the waves smaller and perfect for kids and for sports like stand up paddle surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and just floating on an air mattress getting a tan.

Last year this beach claimed the number 2 spot and this year the reason it reached number one could be due to the law passed in January making all Oahu beaches non-smoking.    Being smoke free is a factor in deciding top beaches, along with beach width at low tide, sand softness and color, pests and wildlife, available amenities and public safety.  So, go check it out and brag to your friends that you were at the Top Beach in the USA!  Aloha!