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In Waikiki there are a few hotels which are historic but unfortunately only the folks with the big bucks get to stay there. However, these properties have a lot of Aloha Spirit and even if you’re not staying there you can enjoy the ambiance and the beauty of these wonderfully restored historic Hawaii hotels. It’s actually fun to stroll through an experience yesteryear by hanging out in the lobby or the pool area bars and enjoy a cocktail or two or maybe even lunch. For the most part unless there is a special occasion these hotels open their doors to the public and you’re free to enjoy the public spaces.
The Moana Surfrider built in 1901 is one such property. On any given day you’re welcome to stroll through the property and see some of the artifacts that are part of this hotels amazing history. On the second floor you can see some original artwork which includes the hotels original hand written ledgers. The hotel also offers guided tours daily from Noon to 2 PM. Near the pool area you’ll also find the famous banyan tree where you can enjoy daily music and pupu’s
Another property worth checking out is the Royal Hawaiian hotel. Built in 1927, the hotel has a rich history. It was recently restored to its original state and walking through here is like walking back in time. From the beautiful pink color of the building to the magnificent verandas, this place will bring you back to old Hawaii. You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to just stroll around and take it all in. You can also have a drink at the famous by Mai Tai Bar which overlooks Waikiki Beach.
There several other hotels worth taking a look at including the Outrigger Reef, which has a new museum in the lobby, the Halekulani where you can have drinks at the “House without a Key” and enjoy Hawaiian music and hula and the Princess Kaiulani which is located on the lands which belonged to royalty.
So the next time you’re in Waikiki or if you’re planning to come to Oahu soon, I highly recommend that you take a stroll back in time through these historic properties.