Centered in Waikiki, on the beach side of Kalakaua Avenue, this is a good spot to get out of the sun and have something to eat. Right next to the police department's Waikiki office building.
Memorial symbolizing surfing as an important Hawaii activity.
Very crowded in Waikiki. Glad I'm not looking for a private spot on the sand - there isn't one!
The iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the background.
Moving up the beach line closer to the Diamond Head beach area, it isn't so crowded. Shore line doesn't have much sand, mostly rocks and broken coral making up the beach front.
Iconic Diamond Head landmark.
Surfing lessons on Waikiki.
Lifeguard stand, one of many along the beach.
Checking out the fish.
Hawaiian state fish (yes, a state fish). It is actually a reef trigger fish but the Hawaiian name is "Humuhumunukunukuapuaa". Of the many magnificent fish in Hawaiian waters, it seems a rather odd fish to choose as our state fish.
Needle fish, or called "aha" in Hawaiian. They can grow up to 3 feet in length and can be a danger to fishermen at night as they are attracted to light. I remember a search and rescue case when I was in Coast Guard where a fisherman was struck in the eye at night when leaning over the boat with spot light on his head.
I believe these are papio. Good eating. However, this is a no fishing area. Wonder if the fish know this?
Not sure, perhaps some mullet. Again, a no fishing area.
Crab on side of rock near the water.
The War Memorial natatorium which has badly deteriorated and is no longer use and closed. I wish the city would make a decision to either tear it down or restore it, but both will cost a lot of dollars and I doubt they will take any action until a tourist is hurt and sues the city. That is the normal way of business in the Islands.
The War Memorial Natatorium was built in early 20s to honor the Hawaiian citizens who were killed in WWI.
Entrance to the Waikiki aquarium, which is quite small and doesn't have a lot of exhibits. Still, it was hot and a nice respite from the hot sun and an opportunity to cool down and rest before walking back to other end of Waikiki.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal. An endangered marine mammal which can only be found in the waters of Hawaii from Midway Islands to the Island of Hawaii. Nearly wiped out by angry fishermen and a favorite food of the Tiger Shark, the Monk Seal is protected under Federal and State laws.
Pipe fish in one of the aquarium exhibits.
The banyan trees can be found throughout Honolulu and Waikiki. A great shade tree that grows it's roots down to the ground from the limbs of the tree.
The revolving restaurant atop the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in Waikiki.
The bell tower atop the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Sculpture in garden area of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Caught photo of this couple, perhaps renewing their wedding vows at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.