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
Amazing Ocean Views from our new two bedroom condo rental at Waikiki Sunset Hotel
Posted by Jody Costello | Friday, May 12, 2017
The view from this high floor two bedroom condo at the Waikiki Sunset really is something special and perhaps the best in our inventory! Picture yourself relaxing on your private lanai with a morning coffee or evening cocktail enjoying unobstructed views of iconic Diamond Head and the Gold Coast of Waikiki!
The location is perfect - just a block away to Kapiolani Beach Park, the Ala Wai Canal for a morning jog, and an easy stroll to all the great dining, shopping and entertainment Waikiki has to offer!
This two-bedroom unit has been fully remodeled! There is a full kitchen with a granite bar top island for easy entertaining, a large bathroom, high speed Wifi, and LCD television. This condo also comes with FREE PARKING! With Waikiki parking rates anywhere from $25-$75 per day, this included 'extra' represents a huge saving on your overall vacation costs!
This fantastic unit easily sleeps 6! The sleeping arrangements are very convenient especially for families or couples, with a comfortable king bed in the private bedroom, a trundle bed with two twin beds in the guest room, and a full sofa sleeper in the living room. Wake up to spectacular views from every window!
The Waikiki Sunset building amenities include a heated swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, basketball court and outdoor picnic area with barbecues grills. There is also an on-site convenience store for last minute necessities, 24-hour security and an activities desk to help plan your island adventures.
If you are looking for an affordable Waikiki vacation rental without sacificing space, style, location or amenties, reserve this unit today while we have availiability!
Reminiscing about Waikiki’s International Marketplace
Posted by Jody | Friday, April 28, 2017
After 60 years, visits by millions of tourists, the International Marketplace (IMP) in Waikiki has a long history with memories of old Hawaii and days past. To think, when it opened in 1957, the International Marketplace was a South Pacific fantasyland operating on “Hawaiian Time,” with every clock on the property set seven minutes behind.
The old treehouse in the International Marketplace in the '60's. One of Honolulu’s radio stations used to broadcast from inside. The new marketplace also has a "Tree House" detailing the history of the location and timeline of the IMP.
In 2013, we learned that the somewhat run-down Marketplace was to be demolished and transformed into a high-end retail, dining and entertainment complex. I was among the many visitors, locals and vendors who bemoaned the charm and ambience would be lost forever.
Photo of Marketplace entrance in the 90's, and below, the entrance today!
With its re-opening in 2016, only two things from the original remain: the name and the 60ft tall Indian banyan tree that has been the heart and soul of the IMP since its inception.
I must say, I love the new Marketplace which I stroll through every day on my way to the Ali'i Beach Rentals office. I find quiet respite from the bustle of the street, I enjoy the earthy fragrance of the Aseop store, the banyan tree, tiki torches, stream, ferns, taro plants, music and live acts that play every night at the entrance.
Old and young relax in rocking chairs, there is free Wi-Fi, great shopping and innovative modern dining concepts like Michael Minas “The Street” which is due to open next month. I can also recommend Kona Grill and Flour & Barley on the Grand Lanai – both offer fantastic happy hours for a pau-hana (social get-together after work) or a casual family-friendly meal.
Bargain Shoppers and Souvenir Hunters! Don’t worry, you can still find inexpensive souvenirs and Hawaiiana items in the old-style kiosks located in Dukes Lane Marketplace!
If you are looking for places to stay close to the International Marketplace, consider our vacation rental condos at the Royal Kuhio, Pacific Monarch, or Marine Surf. In fact, Waikiki is such a walkable beach town, the International Marketplace is an easy stroll from practically all our Waikiki vacation rentals!
Waikiki International Marketplace
What's on in Waikiki in April!
Posted by Jody Costello | Friday, March 31, 2017
Guests staying at any of our Ali'i Beach Rentals condos in April can enjoy the following Waikiki events:
April 9th! Hapalua Half Marathon! Hapalua means "half" in Hawaiian! Participate or cheer on the runners! Kapiolani Park at 6am. Our closet properties to the start/finish line are the Waikiki Banyan, Waikiki Sunset, Royal Moana and Cabana at Waikiki!
April 7-9th Kawaii Kon is a 3-day convention that celebrates Japanese anime (cartoons), manga (comics), and all facets of Japanese culture. They offer a variety of events and activities throughout the weekend. From video games, table top games, costume contests, thousands of manga to read, a talent-filled Artist Alley, an expansive Dealer’s Room, formal ball, there's something for everyone!
April 21st-22nd - Iolani School Family Fair Thrilling rides, free live entertainment, gourmet food, local crafts, chef demo's and much more! Noon - 10.30pm! Just a short walk from Waikiki.
April 29th The Waikiki SPAM JAM® is an annual street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for SPAM®. The festival is held on Kalakaua Avenue and features two stages with free entertainment, a variety of Hawaiian retailers and Honolulu’s finest restaurants will be serving up Spam® in many different ways. You will find all types of SPAM® goods such as t-shirts, sport items, baby items and more!
Excited to announce our new Monthly rental at the Aloha Lani!
Posted by Jody | Friday, March 31, 2017
Standing tall, the Aloha Lani is situated along the Ala Wai Canal, across from the serene Ala Wai Golf Course, and boasts amazing views of the Ko'olau Mountain Range. The condo’s proximity to world famous Waikiki Beach, the International Marketplace and tons of shopping and dining options makes it an excellent home for "City fun" near the ocean and sun!
Our 1 bedroom condo has beautiful canal and mountain views! There are kitchen amenities like stove top/ oven range, microwave, toaster and a window a/c in the bedroom. This monthly rental comes with its own PARKING! The owner just put in new carpet and paint on the walls. Check out all the building amenities including: Private Pool & Sauna, BBQ grills, Fitness Center, and coin operated Laundromat for building tenants only.
This rental unit comes with one reserved parking stall provided in secured parking garage with quick access to elevator and unit. Building offers 24 hour security.
The Ilikai Hotel - a Waikiki Icon!
Posted by Jody Costello | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Folks who remember the original Hawaii 5-0 TV series (1968-80) may recall the iconic shot of Jack Lord gazing out over the blue pacific ocean from the penthouse lanai of the Ilikai Hotel! It was, and still is, considered by many to be one of the most legendary, recognizable buildings in the 50th state! VIPs lived there. Hawaiian musical acts performed there. Celebrities stayed there (yes, Elvis was in the building). Ali'i Beach Rentals proudly manages seven condos in this landmark resort property. Why not Book one of our Ilikai condo's today and be part the continuing story!
Just Added - newly remodeled Condo at the fabulous Waikiki Sunset Resort!
Posted by Jody Costello | Friday, March 17, 2017
We are very excited to announce our new property at the ever-popular Waikiki Sunset Condominium Resort.
Imagine yourself relaxing on your private lanai - gaze out over the city and mountains from this high-floor condo during the day, and enjoy the vibrant city lights of Honolulu at night!
This freshly remodeled one-bedroom Waikiki condo has new flooring, new carpet, new furniture, paint and appliances! There is a full kitchen, large bath, high speed Wifi, LCD television and FREE parking! With a king bed in the bedroom and sofa sleeper in the living room, this is truly a comfortable home away from home in the heart of it all!
Located at 229 Paoakalani Ave, the Waikiki Sunset is just a short stroll to the gorgeous beaches of Waikiki, tons of dining options, shopping, the zoo, aquarium and lush green spaces of Kapiolani Beach Park. Waikiki Sunset amenities include pool, business center, activity desk, tennis court, BBQ, and more! Reserve this fabulous Waikiki condo now for your next romantic vacation or family getaway!
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