Waikiki


Waikiki
/wuy"kee kee', wuy'kee kee"/, n.
a beach and resort area on SE Oahu, in central Hawaii; part of Honolulu.

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Resort area, southern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. Located in the southeastern section of Honolulu, near Diamond Head, its famous beach is lined with luxury hotels; it has water-sports facilities as well as an aquarium, a zoo, gardens, and the International Market Place.

Waikiki is also the site of Fort DeRussy, a military recreation area.

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▪ resort area, Hawaii, United States
Hawaiian  Waikīkī 
 resort district, southeastern Honolulu (city), Hawaii, U.S. On the southern coast of Oahu island, Waikiki (Hawaiian: “Spurting Water”) is situated on Mamala Bay between the Ala Wai Canal (north and west) and Diamond Head crater (southeast). In the 19th century Waikiki was a favourite resort of Hawaii's royals, and the area was teeming with coconut groves, fishponds, and walled taro patches that extended a mile inland. In the 1920s the Ali Wai Canal was built, diverting the water that went into Waikiki and helping to expand the potential for tourism. Waikiki's beach, now a tourist mecca, is one of the best known in the world; its white sand, however, is mostly imported, because erosion constantly depletes the beachfront. Lined with luxury hotels, Waikiki beach is the focus of water-sports facilities and has an aquarium, zoo, garden attractions, and the International Market Place for Pacific Basin crafts. Waikiki is also the site of Fort DeRussy, a former fort and now a park that honours members of the U.S. armed forces; within the park is the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii.

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