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East shore, west shore, north shore, south shore: the four most important things to remember when trying to get around the Hawaiian Islands. And while they’re often used in a directional sense, these shores are what help to define each island.
In a series called Sights2See, we’ll take you on a digital tour to each of the island shores. Hopefully, these posts will give you a better understanding of what each side of the island has to offer and how they’re uniquely different from one another.
Our first Sights2See post pes right into Oahu’s south shore – home to the famous Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head Crater and much more! This side of the island is perhaps one of the most perse in terms of geology; from sandy white beaches to rocky seaside cliffs, the south shore offers some of the most scenic views on Oahu. And, not to mention, some of the best weather!
Duke Kahanamoku had no doubt been one of the best watermen in the world. Dubbed the Father of International Surfing, the full-blooded Hawaiian shared the island ways through this ocean sport. He was also an Olympic champion swimmer and outrigger canoe paddler. But most of all, he was the Hawaiian Ambassador of Aloha everywhere he went. Many honor him today by placing fresh flower lei on his statue.
As the only official residence of royalty in the United States, Iolani Palace holds a plethora of history for Hawaii. It served as the home to King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani.
Sun, sand, surf and hotels, lots of hotels, best describe Waikiki. A scene from a postcard, one might say, that always has Diamond Head Crater gleaming in the background. Duke Kahanamoku surfed in these very waters before sharing the sport of surfing with the rest of the world.
Speaking of Diamond Head, the crater is probably one of the most recognizable landmarks on Oahu. You can easily spot it from the plane, and if you look very closely, you might see the dozens of tiny hikers below wandering through its historic trail.
Because visitors came by boat, Aloha Tower used to be THE welcoming beacon to tourists. Its clock is perhaps its most recognizable feature and used to be the largest in the United States!