Event Schedule and Accommodation for Duke’s OceanFest 2017
Posted by Ali'i Beach Rentals | Thursday, August 3, 2017
Duke’s OceanFest, Waikïkï’s premier ocean sports festival occurs annually during the week of Duke’s birthday on August 24th and features a variety of ocean sports including Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Volleyball, Water Polo and ocean endurance competitions. Whether you are participating, are support crew, an offical or spectator, this 9-day festival offers the opportunity to come together with professional and amatuer watermen and women and pay tribute to 'The Duke' and the incredible legacy he left behind. This truly is an epic week of Aloha and Ocean Sport not to be missed!
When: August 19th – August 27th 2017
Where: Competitions and events take place at Queen’s Surf, located close by Duke Kahanamoku’s statue on Kalakaua Avenue in central Waikiki
Click Here - for a complete list of events and entry forms.
Click Here - for Waikiki Accommodation during the Festival. Our Waikiki Vacation rentals at the Foster Tower, Pacific Monarch, Seashore, Waikiki Park Heights and the Waikiki Lanai's are located a just a block or two from all the action! Waikiki parking can be tricky to find during this busy week, so save yourself time and $$ and book a condo with free parking . Just choose 'Free Parking' in the search section for a list of available rentals.
FALL FLASH SALE - SAVE 10% on your next Hawaii Getaway!!!!
Posted by Jody | Monday, July 17, 2017
Our Fall Flash Sale Starts... Now!
It's never been easier to save on your escape to paradise. Get 10% off* your next stay's rent for new check-ins between September 1st and November 30th, 2017.
Browse all our available condos and use promo code FALL10 to redeem your savings. You'll want to hurry, though, because this sale ends on July 31st!
Stunning beaches, tropical breezes, and island adventures are waiting for you!
*Offer only valid on new reservations and cannot be combined with other offers. Discount applies to rent only and not the reservation total. Excluded properties include Royal Kuhio 1607, 1613, 1614, 1714, 2305, 2308, and 2312.
What's on - July 2017
Posted by Jody | Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Events on Oahu - July 2017!
Photo courtesy of Kyle Nishioka via flickr.
July 4th Celebration and Fireworks - Ala Moana Beach Park 8.30pm
July 4th - Sunset Buffett & Fireworks Cruise 6.15pm from Aloha Tower
July 5th - Wildest Show in Town - at the Honolulu Zoo - 5pm Every Wednesday!
July 15th & 16th - Hale'iwa Arts Festival - Hale‘iwa Beach Park. 10am-5pm
July 16th - Ukulele Festival - Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki. 10.30am - 5.30pm
July 15th & 16th - Prince Lot Hula Festival - Iolani Palace 9am-4pm Saturday, 10am -3pm Sunday
Whats On July 2017
Free Parking in Waikiki 2017
Posted by Jody | Friday, June 23, 2017
Well, let’s start by saying the parking rates in Waikiki are some of the most expensive in the country and free parking is almost impossible to find!
That said, if you have the time, patience and the parking gods are with you, there are a couple of alternatives to paying for parking.
If you are coming on vacation and your plan is to find free parking, save yourself some grief and book one of our Waikiki Vacation Rentals with parking included, that way you can spend your valuable vacation money and time at the beach and enjoying all that Waikiki and our beautiful island has to offer.
Your best bet for free street parking is along the Ala Wai Canal, however do remember that there is no parking Monday or Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am due to street cleaning – you will be towed. The good news is you are almost guaranteed to find a park at 11.31am on Mondays and Fridays! (excluding public holidays).
On the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, near the Honolulu Zoo, there is some free parking on Montserrat Avenue. Watch for signs indicating closures for special events such as Hawaii Five-0 screenings, parades and block parties.
If you’re staying at one of our vacation rentals at the Ala Moana Hotel ($25 per day for valet parking) there is some free parking alongside the park on Ala Moana Park Drive. There are some places where parking is not permitted overnight including the side fronting the Waikiki Yacht Club, please read signs carefully.
Our recommendation for the most economical ‘Paid’ parking options in Waikiki are at the Waikiki Banyan - $20 flat rate per day or the Pacific Monarch - $25 flat rate per day.
Ali’i Beach Rentals offers 50 vacation condos in Waikiki with free parking, including popular buildings like Royal Kuhio, Waikiki Banyan and Waikiki Lanais. To find your perfect vacation condo, use our Advance Search option, select Free Parking in the feature menu and save big on your next Hawaii getaway or Waikiki Staycation! Or, just give us a call +1-800-651-5657 our local Reservation Team are happy to help and assist you with questions you may have.
Free Parking In Waikiki
The Wildest Show in Town - Every Wednesday through August 16th 2017!
Posted by Jody Costello | Thursday, June 22, 2017
Every Wednesday through August 16th expect the Islands best entertainers to perform at the Honolulu Zoo for only $5! Gates open at 4.35pm.
Mini-guided tours offered to the first 30 people at 5.35pm. Music starts at 6pm! (no alcohol or high back chairs allowed).
Local Plate Lunches for sale and there is a weekly 'Ukulele' giveaway for kids aged 12 and under!
Fun Activities for Kids on Oahu
Posted by Jody | Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Create unique memories with your children during your Hawaii vacation! Along with taking a surf or boogie board lesson on famous Waikiki Beach, hiring a stand-up paddle at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon, following is a list of some fun activities for Kids (Keiki) offered on Oahu to keep the them engaged and entertained!
Click on the links for more detailed information, pricing and maps.
Hawaiian Railway Society The 3 pm rides are Ice cream rides. The train stops at Two Scoops ice cream parlor in Ko'Olina and riders can purchase ice cream to enjoy on the return trip.
SeaLife Park Learn about Hawaii's marine life with shows, performances, and exhibits
Kualoa Ranch - Great fun for all the family! Kualoa Ranch offers ATV tours, horseback rides, movies tours, and much more!
Paradise Cover Luau - Kids love all the pre-show games and activities offered at this luau.
Dole Plantation - Find a way out of a maze, ride the pineapple train and enjoy tons of pineapples treats!
Polynesian Cultural Center - At the PCC, Kids will learn the history of Hawaii and Polynesians through hands-on activities and playing games
Waikiki Aquarium - Learn about Pacific marine life.
Honolulu Zoo Located in Waikiki - See a variety of animals, there is also a petting zoo and special kids area!
Atlantis Submarine DIVE DIVE DIVE - View life under the sea on a submarine. Highly recommended. (Book the large Submarine for better viewing)!
Wet n Wild - Kids love it - you can spend the whole day playing here.
Look out for fresh Lychee at Waikiki Farmers Markets!
Posted by Jody Costello | Friday, May 19, 2017
Coming into season is fresh Lychee - one of my most favorite fruits!
This sweet, juicy Asian fruit was first introduced to Hawaii in the late 1800's, although it has a long history with trees recorded in China more than 3,500 years ago. If you are not familar with this little tasty gem, it's about the size of a small plum and has a thin, hard, red shell that comes away easily from the flesh. The white, juicy flesh has a similar texture to grapes but is more chewy, with a delicate fragrance. There is a dark brown seed in the centre.
In the 70's, my mother used to prepare Lychee for dinner party desserts by peeling the fruit, carefully discarding the seed, stuffing the center with candied ginger then dipping in dark chocolate - heavenly! Fresh Lychee also goes extremely well in a chilled martini, tropicial fruit salads, cakes, jams and of-course just eaten au-naturel!
(Photo courtesy of nuttyktichen.com - Check out their Ginger/Chocolate Lychee recipe)
How to eat it? Most folks peel back the red rough skin, then nibble around the seed inside, or do as I do to avoid getting your fingers all juicy - simply bite the end off, squeeze the entire fruit into your mouth and spit out the seed. Savor the flavor and repeat! You can enjoy a bunch of them in a very short time!
Did I mention, Lychees are very good for you! With around 6 calories each (not my mothers' chocky ones) they contain an impressive array of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Lychee have more vitamin C than the same amount of oranges, a high amount of potassium and as much fiber as an apple with the skin on!
Fresh Lychee can be found in our local supermarkets, fruit stands and farmers markets all over Oahu. If you are staying with Ali'i Beach Rentals in one of our vacation rentals in Waikiki, check out the stands at:
Kings Village Farmers Market - 131 Kaiulani St, Waikiki - (opposite the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel)
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat, 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Hyatt Hotel Farmer Market - located in the ground floor atrium
Hours: Thursday, 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Kapiolani Community College - KCC Farmers Market - 4303 Diamond Head Rd - 20 min walk or take Bus routes #3, #22, #58.
Hours: Saturday, 7:30AM – 11:00AM, Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00PM
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