Visitors from all over the world enjoy world-class dining, shopping, activities, and resorts, particularly along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue.
There are so many things to do in Waikiki that there's something for everyone. Many resorts are just a few steps away from the shore, and every year there are myriad events such as surf competitions, outdoor music events, hula dancing, and outrigger canoe races. The surf here is known for a long, rolling break which makes it the ideal place to take a surf or paddleboard lesson.
Caution is needed for inexperienced swimmers even though the beach is well life-guarded. The main thing to watch out for are the many other swimmers, body-surfers, and surfers who may not see you. Steer clear of surfers in particular as there are many beginners attempting to surf the gentle waves.
Any gentle wave can become hazardous to a swimmer when met with the velocity of a heavy board. Latitude: I mean really expensive, but then the view and the food cannot Album) beat. The streets are lined with places to shop, inside and out. Mostly clothes and souvenir items. The Ala Moana Mall is right next door if you need something more substantial. Surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, paddle-boarding, and swimming! World class water that is warm, gentle, and mostly free from coral and sharp shells.
Many rooms available right on the beach. Such an amazing, romantic spot. Everything is close together. Driving and parking are, no joke, a nightmare sometimes. So many people packed into one tiny spot, and thousands more coming from all over Oahu to dine and party at night, means Waikiki is a real horror-show when you have a vehicle. Parking can be expensive too! Too many people in one place. It is like an endless stream of people on the crowded sidewalks near the beaches, and in the water you will have lots of company.
The good news is, you can head out away from Waikiki, and things quiet down real fast! Of course Waikiki is one of the most expensive places to do anything on the islands.
Even bottled water price will shock you. If you are coming to Hawaii and you want to avoid spending money, you should probably just skip through Waikiki anyway to see it… and hold on to your pocketbook until you get further away where prices come down a bit.
A bit wild at night. After midnight and people have had more alcohol than they should have, the scene can be just like anywhere else in the world and put you a bit on-edge. There are thousands of military and college kids on Oahu, and Waikiki is ground zero for their exploits.
Just take care like you would anywhere else. Hawaii is paradise, but be safe about it anyway. Here is more about living in Waikiki if you want to see another article I wrote about it. Here is the best video of Waikiki I have ever seen. This one is about 22 minutes long, but it captures the essence of the place, and goes from the beach, to the streets, to the marketplace, to the hotel room.
Thanks to Harry Juselius! Waikiki is the heart of Hawaii. Most people that come to the islands to visit, have gone to Waikiki for some of the activities mentioned above. Personally, I think you have to see it to believe it.
It has nearly everything you could want in Hawaii, except empty beaches. Peter Kay T Join the conversation! What do you think? I heard those warm Waikiki waves come whispering in on your show, and here I am! Of these, some to per week make a special point of attending the broadcast. To them, and millions like them around the globe, Web Edwards and the stars of Hawaii Calls are Hawaii. The show's inexaustible popularity is, by radio standards, unique.
Hardly a program of similar vintage is around today. Yet, with no perceptible effort, Hawaii Calls has stayed on the air waves for almost three decades and, during that time, reached more people than any comparable broadcast in history.
Week after week, listeners find in it the same durable attractions: the magical music, charm, and Aloha spirit of the islands.
Hawaii Calls germinated one morning in Edwards, an Oregon State University quarterback and radio man who'd migrated to Hawaii, made a business trip to the mainland.
Pabst and Venter were auditioning a new program coming in from a San Francisco night club, and asked Edwards to help pass judgement. He heard it, and cautiously inquired, "what is it? Hawaiian music, he was told. Edwards grinned a broad, incredulous grin. Remote broadcasts from non-studio locations were by this time standard radio operation. New shortwave facilities had just been set up between Hawaii and the mainland.
Edwards asked him "If we could send you a half hour of music every week, would you carry it? Edwards' Don Lee friends responded with interest. Possibly three or four California stations could be lined up to carry the show. There was just one catch, the network's program budget was fully committed. Elated with his project, but not certain how he could launch it, Web Edwards went home to see what he could do.
What to do for musicians? A dozen fine groups were perfoming in the islands. The choice finally settled upon two acts appearing at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel - Louise Akeo and her all girl chorus, and the rich Hawaiian baritone, Joseph Kamakau and his men.
Edwards bore the cost of short-wave facilities and, partly as a matter of economics, and because he was already an experienced broadcaster, did the announcing and narration himself. The first Hawaii calls show was beamed to the mainand in July, From the first, it was apparent Edwards had scored a success. The music, the entertainers, the relaxed and easy pace of the show, Web's own friendly, enconstrained delivery, created a beguiling image of unaffected charm and romance.
Now all he needed was money. Seeing the show's potential for making mainland listeners Hawaii-concious, he persuaded Honolulu businessmen to donate stopgap assistance. Soon after, Walter Macfarlane, a member of the Territorial Legislature, introduced legislation to subsidize the broadcast. His almost unique povision, still in the State of Hawaii's annual budget, was voted by a substantial majority. In six months,the show was booked as far as Chicago.
Then it went coast to coast. The Canadian network tentatively tested it, and booked it from ocean to ocean. Australia went wild over it. Hawaii Calls was on it's nonstop way. The shows name came about almost automatically. Because of the uncertainties of early Pacific shortwave transmission, nervous mainland engineers asked that a reassuring 'Hawaii calling San Francisco' preceed broadcasts.
This suggested 'Hawaii Calling' which, even before the first Hawaii broadcast, became the world-famous Hawaii Calls. And, except for a short blackout after Pearl Harbor, it naver failed to go on the air. It was sometimes briefly delayed. Styanding by in San Francisco for just such an emergency, at one point in the show's history, was a University of California student and fledgling announcver.
Thrilled to get the job, he primed himself for the day when he'd tell the entire United States, "Hawaii Calls will be delayed for a few moments. Please stand by. At last it happened - engineers signalled the Hawaii Calls was having trouble getting through. The youth spoke into the microphone and, for the first time, a network audience heard the voice of a man who would himself become an airwaves institution - Ralph Edwards no relation to Web, Album).
As broadcast knowhow increased, Web Edwards began to take his show on location to points of interest on the other islands. On one such occassion, the cast and crew assembled in the Volcano House, on the edge of Kilauea crater. With them, schedualed to say a few words about the marvels of radio transmission, was the august broadcasting pioneer, David Sarnoff.
During the pre-show run-through, telephone line transmitting the program went dead. Edwards wigwagged for help. In minutes, cowboys from Hawaii's vast Parker Ranch rode out to trace the lines, foot by foot, for the difficulty. At three minutes to air-time, they spotted a break caused by a newly-fallen tree, twisted the wires together with pliers from a saddle kit, and the show went out on schedual.
A later mishap proved a blessing in disguise. En route to the broadcast, the program's sole steel guitarist presumably; Jake Keliikoa broke his arm in an accident.
Prodded by desperation, Edwards and his musical director, Al Kealoha Perry, summoned the girls together. Unrehearsed, with inborn melody and harmony, the girls improvised the steel guitar parts by humming them.
The 'new sound' they created clicked, listeners demanded repeats, and it's now a distinctive, popular feature of many arrangements on the show. The incident had one further issue: Hawaii Calls is carried by LP Mutual Broadcasting System some affiliated stations ; and by special arrangements and individual stations in key areas in the United States; by Cananda's transcontinental network; an Australian net, Mexico, the Far East, the South Pacific, the Carribbean and Mediterranean; by the stations and outlets of the Armed Forces Networks; and by special channels to Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, including short-wave around the world hook-ups.
Thus, the music and friendliness of Hawaii penetrate to almost every corner of the world - even, thanks to Europe's 'freedom stations' to points behind the Iron Curtain. The program's global record of undiminishing popularity sometimes gives Edwards time to ponder. When we try to change the show, people object. They think, oh, if they could only get away Album) on an island. They listen to your music, they read my books, and for a while they're on that island, carefree and unassailed'".
On one occassion, well meaning friends almost persuaded Web he ought to change his format. Radio was in one of it's periodic states of turmoil, and other shows were frantically juggling acts, angles and personalities to survive. Web refered his dilema to a top network executive in New York, who advised him, LP can pick up any of these phones on my desk and within two hours pack this office with comedians, actors, hot trumpet players, symphony conductors, talking poodles - any act you can name.
There's only one thing I can't get - Hawaiian music, by Hawaiians, from Hawaii. Go back home, and keep sending it to us! And so, except for modern improvements in broadcast techniques, Hawaii Calls is much the same show today it's always been.
Arrangements and styles of Hawaiian music are apt to undergo imperceptable refinements. To keep in touch with the original inspiration, Web and his cast study early Polynesians renditions. Edwards himself has many hundreds of these, including some of the first primitive efforts recorded in the Islands. Now and again a fan sends a batch of rare items, and Web reportedly goes into seclusion to play and re-play, catalog and compare.
He also has a file of songs for his artists to draw upon. Perhaps a third of these are too archaic to use. But some two thousand have been heard on the show and, of these, the singers know a thousand by heart. For Edwards, initial work on Hawaii Calls begins on Sunday. Fleeing the temptations of sun and surf, he takes his briefcase to the Edwards' comfortable 'cabin' at the top of the Waianae mountains. A panoramic view of Oahu island down below and the great stretches of blue ocean leading to Moloka'i.
Lana'i, and Maui, lies just beyond his desk. From intricate lists of titles, Web selects the songs and plots the order in which they will be performed, taking care to establish a balanced sequence of hula, romantic ballad, lively song and chant.
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