Your Private Castle on Waikiki Beach – The Waikiki Shore Condominium

By Chris Fleck

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Playground of the Pacific, Waikiki is truly a rare pocket of our world. Breathing and sustaining the rejuvenating ocean and easygoing beach lifestyle that encapsulates Waikiki’s majesty, its natural allure, historical folklore and interwoven cultures have transformed this magical place from what was once a vacation getaway for Hawaiian royalty, to now a central attraction for tourists who venture to Hawai’i from near and far reaching countries and continents.

Centuries ago streams and rivers flowing from the lush rainforest regions of Manoa and Palolo Valleys (both with pristine hiking options by the way) would traverse and meander their way down to the oft desolate, sun-kissed sand and shores of Waikiki. As decades progressed Hawaiian royalty would escape to Waikiki, staying in modestly built, open-air, plantation-style homes. Their days in Waikiki consisted of dining on the wealth of fresh food and water the natural resources provided, surfing the now world-famous Waikiki shore breaks and finding solace laughing and relaxing under the canopies of hau and palm trees.

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Movies like “From Here To Eternity,” and songs such as Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawai’i” depicted Hawai’i has a celestial haven, bringing Hawai’i’s allure to popular culture. Hawai’i’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Duke Kahanamoku and his beach boy friends helped expose the treasure of surfing to people from around the world, solidifying Waikiki as a must-see travel destination even further. Shopping, dining, water sports and sun tanning were as much of the appeal in the mid-20th century as they are today.

As accommodations and accessibility increased with hotel and road construction during the late 19th and early 20th century the word about Waikiki’s enchantment began to travel. Attracting authors, actors, business-moguls, heirs and heiresses, Waikiki’s popularity rose exponentially by the year.

As a visitor 100 years ago it wouldn’t have been too difficult to decide where to stay when visiting Waikiki, as there were only a handful of hotels and homes that lined its genteel shores where Leahi (Diamond Head) perches to the East and the sun’s golden glow sets to the West. With now over a hundred resorts, hotels, and timeshare rental options in Hawai’i’s most popular beach community, Castle Resort’s Waikiki Shore — a resort condominium — has been a hidden jewel of Waikiki for decades. Offering reasonable rates, tropical privacy and paradisiacal comfort, Waikiki Shore provides peace of mind and body whether you’re visiting Waikiki for the first time or as a repeat guest.

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“I find there is a market for condo hotels in Waikiki. Our property gives guests a great value in savings and additional comfort and enjoyment with the level of in-room amenities that we have,” says Waikiki Shore general manager Kenny Ching — who also notes Waikiki Shore is Waikiki’s only beachfront condominium resort.

Regardless of who or how many people you are traveling with, Waikiki Shore prides itself on its ability to cater to a wide variety of guests and their individual needs and expectations. Located, literally steps from acclaimed Waikiki Beach, Waikiki Shore shines under a tropical sun as an ideal resort for couples, families with children, and even business travelers. Obviously doing something right, Waikiki Shore’s consistent level of comfort sees many guests returning year after year.

Accommodating to travel parties large or small, Waikiki Shore offer spacious studio units, one-bedroom options that sleep four, or two-bedroom units that sleep six comfortably. Be assured, regardless of which size unit fits your travel needs, each unit has an outdoor lanai, awarding stunning and sweeping oceanfront or ocean view vantage points of the horizon off in a tropical distance.

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With other resort or hotel rooms guests will have access to not much more than a bed, bathroom, cable TV and mini fridge. A room at Waikiki Shore allows for all the comforts of home with in-room amenities that include all of the above, plus full kitchen features, such as a stove, microwave, toaster, rice cooker, and even a blender — which really comes in handy if you have a chance to head down to one of the many Farmers Markets that offer dozens of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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An added, ultimately valuable and often underrated perk is each room and suite at Waikiki Shore comes equipped with both a washer and dryer, which many guests are grateful for by the third or fourth day of their vacation. Rooms also are complete with Wi-Fi access, cable TV, DVD player, ceiling fans and air conditioning.

Waikiki Shore also offers a few services most condominium resorts do not. Daily maid service can be provided if necessary and with front desk service, guests, upon arrival, can pick up their room key on the spot.

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Undergoing complete renovations and redevelopments, each room and suite now renders a progressively modern feel, while delicately balancing its coastal décor and design atmosphere.

Preserving and bolstering Waikiki’s legacy as a premier resort and beach destination, Waikiki Shore is situated directly on Waikiki Beach and is less than a minute’s walk from newly modernized Waikiki Beach Walk — which hosts dozens of colorful and spirited shopping, restaurant and nightlife options. From Roy’s Waikiki, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Giovanni Pastrami, Cheeseburger Beachwalk, Nobu, Yard House, and more, guests can indulge on local seafood favorites, Asian-Fusion cuisine or classic American delicacies. With grocery stores like Food Pantry and Safeway all within a few short miles of Waikiki Shore, utilizing your in-room kitchen makes enjoying a family-prepared meal with your own private ocean front view that much more appealing.

For guests who would like to rent a car to venture outside of Waikiki, Waikiki Shore does offer on-site parking. “What I’ve noticed is many people take a shuttle or hang out in Waikiki and if they need to rent a car, they’ll rent one for a day or two,” says Ching.

Also just steps from Waikiki Shore on Kalakaua Avenue is a bus stop that can take guests to Ala Moana Shopping Center just two miles away. There, guests can access over two dozen of Oahu’s “TheBus” system buses, that can take them to virtually anywhere on Oahu they’d like to explore and experience.

As much as there is to see outside of Waikiki, guests will notice quickly Waikiki and Waikiki Beach has everything you could wish for as you envision your individual tropical getaway plans. The white sand beach of Waikiki is a pathway to refreshing ocean play in tranquil turquoise waters. With beach activity booths on the sand outside Waikiki Shore, guests can purchase or rent towels, beach chairs, surfboards, Stand-Up paddle boards, sunscreen, or anything else beach related.

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Every Friday evening at 7:45pm a free fireworks expose bursts through the night sky. Whether you’d like to enjoy the show from your lanai or on the beach, the spectacle is entertaining for children and adults. Other attractions in and around Waikiki are the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium and Diamond Head State Monument — a fairly steep 1.5 mile hike through and to the top of Diamond Head crater giving hikers a spectacular view of the Waikiki coastline from atop the dormant volcano.

A gem of Waikiki, Waikiki Shore allows guests to live as Hawaiian royalty once did, enjoying the sun, sand and surf with all the pleasures and amenities a true Hawai’i vacation deserves. Click here for more information, reservations and availability.


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