The City of Waikiki is located on the south shore of the Island of Oahu. Waikiki real estate was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s. Now, it continues the tradition of rest and relaxation with high-rise resorts and historic hotels that date as far back as the early 1900s. Tourism continues to be the biggest source of income to Waikiki.
Waikiki History Originally mostly swampland, Waikiki real estate began much larger in size than it is present day. In the 1400s, the swampland was turned into fishponds and drained via irrigation systems. By the 1450s, the city had become the center of government for the Island of Oahu. King Kamehameha I stormed the beach in 1794 to challenge the local King of Oahu (Kalanikupule) for ownership of the land. The stronger Kamehameha forces won.
Europeans first became aware of these beautiful islands in 1778, thanks to Captain James Cook, famed British explorer. Once word reached the old country about Cook's discovery, merchant ships began using the islands' convenient location for fur trading, fishing and whaling. Around this time, King Kamehameha moved to what had previously been his vacation home so he could keep a better eye on the comings and goings of the merchant ships.
Waikiki has been a tourist destination of choice since the 1830s. Several hotels and resorts began springing up throughout the years. After World War II ended, people flocked to beautiful Waikiki beaches to soak up the sun and enjoy the atmosphere and continue to do so to this day.
The Hawaii Department of Education oversees all public education of students living in Waikiki real estate. There are 12 elementary, one middle, two charter and two high schools within the Waikiki school system. In addition, there are 16 private schools for parents to consider as an alternative to public eduation for their children.
Things to See & Do in Waikiki Gorgeous Waikiki real estate will never leave you without a thing to do, unless that is just what you want. Waikiki Beach is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful on Earth. It is actually a two mile stretch of sand with hotels and tourism-related facilities all along it. Because it is so popular, Waikiki Beach is usually pretty crowded, but it is a wonderful place to snorkel, swim, canoe and surf. If you don't know how to surf or snorkel, there are plenty of places to get lessons. Make sure to watch out for wayward surfers, ask a lifeguard about beach and surf conditions, never swim alone and don't dive into unknown water or shallow breaking waters.
There are also many fabulous hotels and resorts on the beach, such as: Ala Moana Hotel (located between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki), Castle Resorts (many different hotels all along the Hawaiian islands), Hawaiian Condo Resorts (vacation rentals), Ilima Hotel (located in the heart of Waikiki), Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki (located steps from Waikiki Beach), Outrigger Waikiki (525 guest rooms in contemporary island style), Pacific Beach Hotel (contains a 280,000-gallon aquarium stretching 3 entire stories high) and many, many more.
More ways to enjoy the amazing beauty Waikiki real estate offers is to visit any of the 16 public and resort golf courses, take a day off at one of the local spas on the beach, hike along Diamond Head or enjoy the wildlife at the Honolulu Zoo or Waikiki Aquarium.
With all that Waikiki real estate has to offer, its easy to see why people are drawn here.
Median Income: $45,112
Median Home Value: $350,500