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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hawaii 5-0 Sunset on the Beach Premiere in Waikiki September 13, 2014

This Saturday, September 13, 2014 you can meet some of the cast of the TV show Hawaii 5-0 near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals.  The event is called Sunset on the Beach because there is a large screen erected on Queen's beach in Waikiki near the corner of Kapahulu Avenue and Kalakaua Avenue.  The producers of the popular television show will place a red carpet on the sand and the cast of the show will arrive and walk the red carpet to sign autographs and take pictures with fans before going up to a stage placed under the screen.  The producers will join them on the stage and give fans some insight into the upcoming season before the showing the screening of the premiere episode of the new season which won't be shown to the rest of the public until September 26th.

courtesy of Hawaiireporter.com
If you are staying at one of our Waikiki Vacation Rentals then you are just a short distance from all the action.  Our units at the Cabana at Waikiki are just a half block away from where the screen will be and the Waikiki Banyan, Waikiki Sunset, and Royal Moana units are all just about 2 blocks away.  If you are driving over from our units at the Waikiki Marina, Ilikai Marina, Ilikai Hotel, Discovery Bay, or Ala Moana Hotel vacation rentals then you can park in the Honolulu Zoo parking lot for just $1/hour.

courtesy of Hawaiinewsnow.com
Make sure you go early and claim a spot on the beach because fans have flown in from all over the world for this chance to meet the cast in person.   Also, this first episode of season 6 will feature Oahu like it's never been seen before.  It will appear that the approximately one million people on the island have all disappeared and the entire island has been abandoned with no clue as to why.  It will be interesting to see how they make this effect look real.  The show has already received two Emmy nominations, one for visual effects and one for stunts.

Then, after the screening, stay and watch the live entertainment of the British band Bush, featuring singer Gavin Rossdale, perform an outdoor concert for the fans.  It's another free Oahu activity that's also family friendly and right down the street from our Waikiki Vacation Rentals!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Free yoga, Hoopdance, and more near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals

We just had a call from a guest staying in one of our Waikiki Vacation Rentals asking if there was a place to do yoga in Waikiki.  I let her know about the free yoga classes at Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers Street between Kalakaua Avenue and Kalia Road, just next to our office here at Alii Beach Rentals and just a street away from our vacation rentals at the Regency on Beachwalk and the Waikiki Shore.  Then I realized I should make sure the rest of our guests are also aware of all the free activities going on over there.  Here is a flyer of this month's free Oahu activities:

courtesy of Waikiki Beach Walk

There is something almost every day and it's all family friendly!

Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. there is Dance Fitness

Tuesdays there is Hula classes starting around 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday mornings there are Dance Fitness classes and then Yoga classes at 4:00 p.m.

photo courtesy of Waikiki Beach Walk

Thursdays it's Dance Fitness again at 4:30 p.m. and then at 5:45 it's Hoopdance Fitness (hoops provided)

Friday afternoon it's Hula again at 4:00 p.m.

There are lots of great shops and restaurants at Waikiki Beach Walk also.  Yardhouse has a great happy hour with pizzas for only $5.99 and much more all under $7.00!  It's only about a 15 minute walk from our farthest vacation rentals at the Cabana at Waikiki and the Waikiki Banyan or about 5 minutes from our units at the Royal Kuhio.  At least you can burn a few calories before adding some calories, right?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Honolulu's favorite plate lunch near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals

If you get hungry while staying at our Waikiki Vacation rentals then take a short walk and try Honolulu's favorite plate lunch restaurant: Rainbow Drive-In!   Located at 3308 Kanaina Avenue at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue, it's just up the street from the Honolulu Zoo and across the street from the Ala Wai Golfcourse.

They open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It's been a local favorite restaurant for over 50 years and recently won a Honolulu Pulse Award for #1 Plate Lunch.   Also, Rainbow Drive-In was featured on Food Network's show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives".

courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In

For breakfast you can get Hawaiian Sweet Bread french toast for $5.65 and a small coffee for $1.05.  That's a great deal in Waikiki!  But locals normally order the famous Loco Moco which is 1 scoop of rice topped by 1 hamburger patty and then 1 egg, all covered in brown gravy for $5.65.

courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In

If that's too exotic you can get a regular breakfast plate which is 1 meat choice (either bbq beef or pork, beef or pork cutlet, boneless chicken, ham, hamburger patty, pork sausage, spam, wiener, luncheon meat, orvienna sausage, 2 eggs, 2 scoops of rice or 2 pieces of toast for $5.65 or with fish instead of meat for $.50 extra.   That's a great price and enough food for 2 people to share if you want to eat lighter before going on a hike up Diamond Head or snorkeling.  Lunch and dinner consists of local favorites such as a mixed plate of beef, chicken and fish, burgers, and shoyu chicken (my personal favorite). Follow up your meal with a strawberry slush float to cool you off on your journey back to one of our vacation rentals nearby at the Waikiki Banyan, the Waikiki Sunset, the Cabana at Waikiki or many others.  Most are less than 2 miles away!

courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In

The restaurant is owned by the Ifuku family and they don't keep all the profits for themselves, they share it with the local community through their foundation.  It awards grants to Hawaii based non-profits and schools.  They believe that the key to positive change is education.  So, by eating here you are also helping provide for the future of Oahu's children.  What a great excuse to go check them out!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Honolulu Aloha Festival activities begin this week in Waikiki

This weekend is the annual Aloha Festival opening ceremony in Waikiki.  The festival began in 1946 as a celebration of Hawaii's culture through music, history, and dance.  The following weeks will have activities perpetuating Hawaii's traditions through living history lessons.  The theme of this year's festival is "Mahuhia Honua" which means "World peace with Aloha".
courtesy of AlohaFestivals.com
On Saturday, September 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Royal Court of the Festival will have it's Investiture on the grounds of Helumoa in the Royal Grove in the Royal Hawaiian Center located on Kalakaua Avenue at Seaside Avenue.  This location was the original home of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.  The Investiture is the time when the Royal Court members will take their places with cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. 
courtesy of AlohaFestivals.com

This Royal court of a king, Queen, Prince, and Princess will then be a part of the Waikiki Ho'olaulea (block party) on September 20th.  The event will have live entertainment, crafts, food booths, and more.  Then they will participate in the floral parade on September 27th along Kalakaua Avenue.  That parade is one of the largest floral parades in the United States and includes an equestrian procession, floats, and marching bands.

courtesy of AlohaFestivals.com
Bring your family and friends down to this free activity that's just a short walk from our Waikiki Vacation Rentals at the Royal Kuhio, the Waikiki Banyan, the Waikiki Sunset, and many others.  If you are staying at our other units at the Ilikai Hotel, the Ala Moana Hotel Vacation rental, or the Waikiki Marina, there is validated parking at Royal Hawaiian Center with a minimum purchase of $10.  The center has lots of great restaurants, many with great happy hour specials starting at 5:00 p.m. so you can eat before the ceremony and get your parking validated after it's over.  There are many family friendly restaurants including the widely popular Cheesecake Factory but for that one you might want to put in your name before you go to the ceremony as the wait can be long but worth the wait.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roughwater swim competition on Labor Day in Waikiki

The annual Waikiki Roughwater Swimming competition takes place this Labor Day, September 1st, in Waikiki near our vacation rentals.  It's a 2.348 mile open water swim that has been named one of the top 100 open water swim races in the world.
courtesy of Waikiki Roughwater Swim

If you are staying at our vacation rentals at the Cabana at Waikiki, the Waikiki Banyan, or the Waikiki Sunset then you are just a short 10-15 minute walk from all the action.  If you are staying at any of our other properties there is metered parking around the park across the street from the beach or it's just a short trip on the city bus #19 from Kuhio Avenue.

The starting line is at Kaimana Beach which is just past the Waikiki Aquarium and the Waikiki Zoo.  There will be staggered starts starting at 8:30 a.m.  The finish is at Duke Kahanamoku beach in front of Hilton lagoon.  The entry fee is $100 cash only.
courtesy of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim

There will be hundreds of swimmers of all ages in this family friendly event.  There are competitors coming in from all around the globe so maybe you will make some new friends in new countries!  So bring the gang down and check it out!  It's a great stop on your way to a Diamond Head Hike or the aquarium or zoo or just a picnic at the beach! 

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!