I thought I would cover a bit of what is going on in Waikiki. Big changes are coming between Kuhio and Ala Wai and a good place to see this is on Seaside Avenue. The neighborhood is attracting a different type of visitor. This is an area in flux.
As you can see from the image of the old watercolor painting hanging in a building on Seaside, there was a straight unobstructed walk to the beach. It’s still a short walk to the beachfront, but it has been built up and is bustling now with tourists and locals alike. Waikiki is changing. To be fair, the area around Kuhio was slightly tarnished, prior to a year or two ago, faded from its shiny glory days. The murals and landscaping are forever present, but the ‘hood is moving along–and now it’s moving up.
The late night carousers that would sometimes be wandering around even during the day are now crowded by English school keiki in yellow (nicknamed The Minions by the teachers) and the appearance of the bike rentals Biki.
The empty enclosed soon-to-be park is the only dedicated green space in the area and was fought for by Waikiki local residents.
This is it from the corner of Seaside Avenue and Aloha Drive!
There’s new café in the ‘hood opening to replace the 24 hour corner deli
and on each end of Seaside are the stand-bys: The Island Colony Surf was the old hotel used by the airlines, in particular, the United crew used to get better rates there. Those desperate for some space and a latte, and who eschew the Starbucks around the corner, can find it in the always empty cafe near the lobby.
And yes, the Seaside Hawaiian hostel! I learned this past summer in Hong Kong that my Chinese Australian friend stayed here 25 years ago on his very first trip out of Australia, a stay that changed his life and led to a life of adventure and travel.