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Waikiki's good old days.

HONOLULU'S TOURIST mecca boasts a colorful and diverse history. Thanks to the talents of storyteller-guides on five walking tours, you can almost experience the Waikiki of ancient heiau (pre-Christian temples) and irrigated taro patches, home of Hawaiian royalty and destination of luxury ships.

A Journey to Old Waikiki.

This 2 1/2-hour morning tour begins at the Duke Kahanamoku statue on Kuhio Beach. You'll stroll along the beach and through the terraces and gardens of the Moana and Royal Hawaiian hotels, then cross Kalakaua Avenue to the International Market Place, where you'll see a film that recaps tales of early 20th-century Waikiki. Tours (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9) cost $7, $5 for ages 5 through 11. To reserve, call (808) 924-1911 or write to Passport Hawaii, Box 90884, Honolulu 96835.

The Magic of Waikiki. A 2-hour evening walk, the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, follows the shoreline from Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to Fort DeRussy. Your guide describes ancient settlements and royal houses that once stood here. Tour costs $5 ($4 for students and seniors and $2 for ages 5 through 12). For reservations, call 734-9245 or write to Office of Community Services, Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu 96816.

Aunty Malia's Historical Walking Tour of Waikiki.

This 2-hour morning loop tour focuses on the area once home to Princess Kaiulani (including the hotel named for her), and extends to the Halekulani Hotel. The free tour, limited to ages 18 and over, departs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 May through September from the Hawaii Museum at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Call 923-1234, ext. 6410, or write to Hyatt's Hawaii, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu 96815.

Historic Waikiki Beach Stroll. This 3-hour walk starts at 9 weekdays at the Honolulu Zoo entrance; it follows the shoreline past central beach hotels, Fort DeRussy, and the Hilton Lagoon to The Ilikai Hotel. Tour is free, but donations go to The Clean Air Team. For reservations, call 948-3299 or write Box 4349, Honolulu 96812.

Moana Hotel Tour. This hour-long stroll through Waikiki's first luxury hotel--restored in 1989 to its former splendor--includes the Banyan Court and the second-floor display of old photographs and memorabilia from the hotel, Waikiki, and the Matson passenger ships. The free tour starts at 11 daily by the concierge's desk. For more information, call 922-3111 or write to the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel, 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu 93815.
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Title Annotation:tourist attractions in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Author:Bannick, Nancy
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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