Oahu 2023: New Happenings on the Gathering Isle

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Looking for a chill experience in the heart of Waikīkī? Recently named the #1 hotel in Hawaiʻi by Conde Nast Traveler readers, ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikīkī, is located just across the street from the Duke Kahanamoku statue and Kapaemahu stones. The property offers nine 2,250-square-foot suites that take up the entire floor — each residential-style suite boasts two or three bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms with dry saunas, a chef’s grade kitchen, and an expansive balcony with a private hot spa.

A rooftop infinity pool is offered to guests by reservation only to ensure a private experience. Here, you can enjoy Champagne and caviar along with sweeping views of the ocean and the Waikīkī skyline. Other perks that are unlocked with a stay in one ESPACIO’s suites include access to a chef’s dinner prepared by one of Japan’s top chefs, Mamoru Tatemori, directly in the guests’ kitchen, ESPACIO’s private spa, luxury car services, and after-hours access to some of Honolulu’s top attractions such as Honolulu Museum of Art and ʻIolani Palace.

Don’t Miss: If you love (or love the idea of French Laundry) don’t miss Mugen, located on the ground floor. Headed up by chef Jason Yamaguchi, who has created a fine dining experience that has put Waikīkī on the global gourmand map. Be prepared to splurge. espaciowaikiki.com

Cowabunga!

Wai Kai Wave Pool

Finally, the Wai Kai Wave Pool located within the Hoakalei Resort in ʻEwa Beach on West Oʻahu will open this February for all super shredders and adventurous souls who simply want to learn how to catch a wave. Amenities include the world’s largest deep-water standing surf wave, the 52-acre Wai Kai Lagoon for water sports, three restaurants, sprawling event lawn with waterfront fire pits, waterman’s club and a unique retail shop. Powered by citywave, the Wai Kai Wave creates authentic surfing conditions with perfect endless and adjustable waves ranging from two- to six-feet for all skill levels. waikaiexperience.com

History Matters

The Healer Stones

Due to the efforts of many dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian culture, including an extensive exhibit at the Bishop Museum, The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu located in Waikīkī have been getting proper credit as a symbol of to honor māhū, or gender fluid, heroes of Hawaiian history to their rightful place. kapaemahu.com

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