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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


Check out the The Wildest Show in Town - at the Honolulu Zoo!   It's a short walk from many of our 100+ vacation rental condos in Waikiki.

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
Websitehttp://www.mahikufarmersmarket.com/

 

Hyatt Hotel Farmer Market - located in the ground floor atrium

Hours: Thursday, 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Websitehttp://waikiki.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities/hotel-activities/farmers-market.html

 

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
Websitehttp://hfbf.org/markets/markets/kcc/

 

 



Farmers Market

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

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