The Moana Surfrider is full of Victorian elegance and charm and is located in the heart of Waikiki close to shops and many places to dine out in, and most importantly it’s right on the beach. Come and take a look around.
The Moana Surfrider was Waikiki’s first hotel and was locally known as ‘The First Lady of Waikiki’. This hotel has been on its beachfront location for over one hundred years and has undergone many renovations and refurbishments and is now re-branded as a Westin Hotel.
The stairs are directly inside the main entrance to the hotel and is such a popular place for new Brides to have their photos taken. There are many weddings and events held at the Moana Surfrider.
The Moana Surfrider was first opened on the 11th March, 1901 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A large Banyan tree stands in the courtyard of the Moana Surfrider, this tree was planted in 1904.
We spent nearly a whole day shopping at the outlet stores and the Concierge at the hotel organised a car to transport us there and bring us back to the hotel. There was a tour desk in the hotel and they were happy to organise a few tours for us. Some of them were:
- Whale watching Cruise – Star Of Honolulu
- The Chief’s Luau
- Movie tour at Kualoa Ranch
- Shopping – Premium Outlets
- Dining – Strip Steak, Waikiki
- Pearl Harbour Aviation Museum (I went shopping)
- Helicopter Tours – Blue Hawaiian (on our previous trip)
- Pearl Harbour (on our previous trip)
The International Market Place is opposite the Moana Surfrider and where we found a really nice restaurant to eat at called Strip Steak. We had a really lovely meal. The International Market Place has been newly renovated and is now full of lots of shops to look at including Anthropologie.
The Moana Surfrider does have the perfect beachfront courtyard to relax in and order a cocktail. They also have a fabulous breakfast buffet with an omlette station, which we loved.
We had one day with a few showers but apart from that the weather was perfect. We really loved our week away in Honolulu and I am already on the lookout for our next holiday destination. Do you have any plans for a holiday, where would you love to go next?