We Moved Our Office
Effective April 1, 2022, we have moved our office to a new location. We relocated one block to a commercial space within the Waikiki Resort Hotel lobby. We are very excited about the new location. The location is central between many buildings we manage in the Waikiki area. The new location enables us to continue to service our customers’, clients’, guests’, and tenants’ individual needs.
All contact information (phone numbers, emails, websites and portals) shall remain the same to include our secure mailing address: PO BOX 4569, Kaneohe, HI 96744. Only our physical office location has changed to 2460 Koa Ave, Unit # F, Honolulu, HI 96815.
Hawaii COVID Restrictions Lifted
In the state of Hawaii, the Governor has declared the end of the Emergency Proclamation for COVID. Additionally, most establishments no longer require indoor masks. Likewise, the domestic Safe Travel Program ended. Also, for Oahu, the Mayor recently removed all restrictions for businesses including 50% capacity restrictions. The Mayor removed the requirement to allow entry to only those with vaccine cards or negative test results for certain establishments. Next, we anticipate that soon international travel restrictions will be lifted as well. Overall, the end of COVID restrictions is good news for Hawaii and our visitors.
Domestic Travel Restrictions Lifted
Hawaii COVID travel restrictions eased for mainland travelers to Hawaii. After screening more than 12 MILLION passengers, Hawaii lifts all restrictions for mainland arrivals. The Hawaii Safe Travels program officially ended on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Arriving into Honolulu International Airport just became much easier. No need to show your vaccination card or negative COVID test results. No wrist bands or long lines as you move from your arrival gate to baggage claim.
Mask Mandates Eased
After two year of restrictions, Hawaii has also dropped its indoor mask mandate for most places. Hawaii was the last state in the nation with an indoor mask mandate in place. Under federal guidelines, mask use on public transportation will continue until April 18. Masks must still be worn at all times while on board TheBus and while at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. You should still keep a mask nearby as some private businesses can require a mask.
Hawaii Is A Safe Destination
You now have the choice if you want to wear a mask. Some people are still wearing masks as a safety precaution. While we would love to see your smiling face, we do respect all our visitors’ choices. As of March 22, over 80 percent of the eligible population on Oahu is fully vaccinated with over 50 percent of the population having received a booster or third dose. We are still allowing our rooms to “air out” for 24 hours between guest stays and use sanitizing cleaners between guest stays.
Best Lodging Price with WaikikiStay.com
We have served Hawaii’s tourism industry since 2015. In the past, we predominately relied on third party booking partners such as Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com and others. On Airbnb you can find hundreds of reviews on our properties and Staff. We also established an Oahu Vacation Renters Marketplace making our properties bookable at comparable rates but without all the third party booking fees. We guarantee the lowest booking costs when you book directly with us either through the WaikikiStay.com website, as a walk-in visitor, or via phone. Be confident that you are getting a great deal and that you will be safe.
Why Spring Is The Best Time of Year to Visit Hawaii
Spring is undoubtedly the best times of year to visit Hawaii. Fragrant white pikake and colorful yellow hibiscus flowers take bloom. To add to natures ambiance is the extra daylight we enjoy in spring. Additionally, while most of the rest of the nation adjusts their clocks for daylight savings time, we just take the day in stride and lounge in the extra sunshine.
We have much to celebrate too in March. We have Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day on March 26. Walk out of your accommodation and enjoy a parade right in Waikiki. Typically in late March, we start to see the southern Pacific Ocean come to life. Wax up your surfboard, schedule a surf lesson, break out your boogie board, or just sift your toes in the Waikiki Beach sand watching the waves.
Lifting of COVID Restrictions and Mandates
For our visiting guests, Hawaii has taken an abundance of precaution with respect to COVID. The state has achieved an 80 percent vaccination rate on Oahu. The hospitals are no longer inundated with COVID cases. Our governor recently announced that the mask mandate and Hawaii Safe Travel Program will cease on March 26. Guests arriving from the United States no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to avoid quarantining for five days.
Governor Ige said, “I do believe that we are the last community to release the mask mandate because we care about each other and we care about our community and we are all willing to sacrifice to keep each other healthy and safe.” The vaccination and testing as well as the mandates and lockdowns contributed to Hawaii as having the lowest rates of COVID in the country.
Come and enjoy the lovely spring sunshine and celebrate with all that Hawaii has to offer. This spring we look forward to once again frolicking in the sand and waves and we know we have much to be grateful.
Waikiki Car Rental Recommendation
In general, we advise our guests to not rent a vehicle from the airport. Instead, we suggest that our guests get settled at their accommodation on their arrival day. When you are ready to venture beyond Waikiki then you rent a ride. If you only rent for the day then you don’t need to deal with finding free parking or pay exorbitant prices. Ride wise, you can rent scouters, motorcycles, Smart Cars, and even high end sports cars. Car rental locations are throughout Waikiki.
Waikiki Parking Options
Overnight parking can be a challenge especially if you are visiting during our busy season. You can score free street parking which is limited and not easy to get. The most abundant street parking is located along the Ala Wai Canal and may mean that you need to walk a couple of blocks to get to your accommodation. Parking along the Ala Wai Canal can be restricted so be sure to read the signs so you can avoid a costly tow.
Hotel parking is an option but that is likely to set you back $50 or more per night. Each hotel has it’s own rules and pricing structure so be sure to inquire.
Another option is the Hui Car Share. With Hui, you can rent a car for an hour or day using their Hui app. All Hui stations are open 24/7 and the rental cost includes insurance, gas, unlimited mileage, roadside assistance, and parking. Hui is just a couple minutes away from hotels like the Waikiki Beach Marriott, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and Sheraton Waikiki Beach.
Kuhio Village Parking
Your final option is public parking garages. Public parking garages, like Kuhio Village parking garage, offer less expensive rates than hotels. Public parking garages typically charge hourly or overnight rates. If you happen to be staying in one of our Kuhio Village accommodations, the parking garages are in the basement of each tower.
Kuhio Village Guest Review
The below review was from one of our Kuhio Village ocean view tower guests. Valarie provided a review with great information regarding parking in Kuhio Village parking garages.
“The best thing about this place is the location! It is literally two short blocks from the Waikiki Beach (right in front of the Duke’s statue). It has a plethora of food venues all around and a 24-hour convenience store right in the same building that was indeed very convenient.
As many other reviewers mentioned, the parking is very limited. There are two separate parking garages (one with roughly 20 slots and one with probably a few less, since 3 of them are reserved for a car rental company business located on the ground floor), each one under each tower (the two tower buildings are connected at the ground floor and it took us a while to realize there are two separate parking entrances, each facing one street). Both parking garages are actually public parking, so they are not reserved to building guests/residents. Anyone could use them by paying the park meter fare (the hourly fare is pricey, and it’s $25 for 24 hours).
We thought we were doomed to pay for parking every night of our 9-night stay, since we went for the high-season (Christmas & New Year holidays), but if you’re willing to walk 10-15 minutes – and it could be a beautiful walk along the canal – we managed to find free street parking for two thirds of our stay. So it wasn’t too bad. The building has a security office and elevators are activated only with the key fob. So this made us feel pretty safe.” Valorie, 1/1/2022
The tow trucks are relentless in Waikiki. Do not even chance trying to park in a non-designated parking area or not pay at a fee lot. The tow companies are located near the airport. You will need to pay for a ride to the tow company and then pay a hefty fee to recover the car. The entire ordeal can set you back over $300.
Christmas in Hawaii was inspired by past blog posts from Megan Shute. Megan is a professional write who resides on Oahu. She compiled photographs from social media that supports Oahu’s local attractions and features Christmas time in Hawaii.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially the Christmas season. When you think of a traditional holiday season, the Hawaiian Islands are probably the last place to cross your mind. After all, you won’t find freezing temperatures or snow here, unless you head to the summit of the Big Island’s Mauna Kea, that is. However, Christmas in Hawaii is pretty incredible, and here are eleven reasons why.
Surfing Hawaiian Santa is so much cooler than regular Santa
Santa can shed his big, red suit and clunky boots in this tropical climate and don a festive Hawaiian shirt instead – or simply not zip up his suit.
Make a “snowman” on the beach.
You won’t have to worry about your sandman melting though you might have to worry about your creation being swept away with the tide…
Witness Santa arriving on an outrigger canoe
Because everyone knows that reindeer don’t thrive in a tropical climate. Santa arrives on Waikiki Beach by outrigger canoe.
Experience the beautiful lights that adorn Honolulu Hale
The beautiful light displays at the Honolulu Hale will be up through January 1 and are an absolute must-visit in the Hawaiian capital.
Drive thru a holiday wonderland at Aloha Stadium
Enjoy a leisurely drive through a Christmas landscape.
Blast the AC while drinking hot chocolate
It may be 80 degrees outside, but we can pretend we live in a winter wonderland, can’t we?
See someone surfing in a Santa hat
What’s better than a holiday trip to the beach?
See blooming poinsettias and decked out palm trees
Did you know that poinsettias can grow as tall as trees in Hawaii, and that they bloom near December 25?
You never have to worry about bad weather changing your holiday plans
There will be no blizzard that forces you to miss your annual family holiday celebration in Hawaii.
Christmas dinner is followed by a trip to the beach — wearing Santa hats and leis, of course
Because we want to be festive AND still enjoy our days off at the beach. Besides, what’s better than a holiday trip to the beach?
Telling other “Mele Kalikimaka” instead of “Merry Christmas”
Bing Crosby said it best: “Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you.”
Hawaiian Christmas music is quite unique
What other states in America can say that they have completely unique Christmas tunes sung by the famous Bing Crosby?
Waikiki Budget Accommodations
We have hosted thousands of guests visiting Waikiki on a budget. Our guests value our hospitality, quality and reliability. From young to retirees, our guests come from a range of cultures and places seeking a budget stay in world famous Waikiki.
When you spend a lot of money on travel, you tends to isolate yourself. Imagine that you are staying at really exclusive resort with a pool, spa, fitness center, lounge, and restaurants. You probably don’t want to or have to ever leave the resort. If your intention is to simply relax and remain at one place and you have plenty of money then Waikiki does have ritzy resorts to suite your wants.
Our guests tend to seek adventure. Sometimes they are solo travelers out exploring the world one location at a time. Other times, they are travelers who are able to work remotely and are looking for some alternative scenery. We host families too and we do have accommodations with resort amenities. Amenities are great for when you want to just relax after a day of adventure. But most are visiting Waikiki on a budget.
Let the Adventure Begin
Traveling is an opportunity to meet and interact new people, to experience different cultures and cuisines, and to learn about a new place. Budget travel kind of forces you to get out and explore. Your travel adventures do not necessarily mean that you must plan every moment of your trip and we do not recommend that you fill each day with tours or event. However, if you know you want to visit the Arizona Memorial or attend a Luau, do not wait until you arrive to book the events. You may also consider front loading your visit with booked events but leave plenty of time for more spontaneous adventures. After all, once you get here, you are likely to find and learn about many things to do that you did not previously consider.
You do not want your schedule packed with activities. You might miss out on an enticing recommendation from a local because you already filled your entire trip with activities. When unexpected things happen, you really feel alive and you feel like you are experiencing a place. You don’t feel like you are experiencing a package deal. I have nothing against going to Disney World. Disney World is very well done, but nothing unexpected happens, or if something unexpected happens, it tends to be very carefully planned by the people who work there.
To get you started with your planning process, we recommend Mauka Tours who can provide you with local information and exclusive guest offers. The Mauka Tours staff are happy to simply talk story with you even if you do not book a single tour. They are personable and do not pressure you which is why we decided to promote them. We try to meet all of our guests and provide them with useful information about their unit and the local area and are available to answer any questions. Our office is open daily so you can always stop by to talk story and get advice. We try to provide you with resources before you arrive and once you arrive so you can have a dream stay and create memories to share until you are able to visit us again. Visit our property rentals to start planning your next adventure today.
Oahu Vacationers Useful Links
You have options while visiting and below are some useful links for Oahu vacationers.
- Current Weather Conditions
- Honolulu International Airport
- Honolulu Bus Information
- Public Announcements & Events
- Shuttles & Tours
- Oahu Hiking Trails
- National Park Services
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).
Oahu Visitors Bureau: (808) 524-0722
Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
Honolulu International Airport Visitor Information: (808) 836-6413
Camping Permits: (808) 523-4525 (county), (808) 587-0300 (state)
The City uses a multi-layered system to notify and alert residents and non-residents of disaster or emergencies. Ways the city will notify, alert, or warn you of disasters:
- Radio and television broadcasts
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) notification to radio/television/NOAA weather radio
- Outdoor siren warning system
- Responders using public address systems
- Nixle notification services
- HNL Info
Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from local public safety departments and schools.
TEXT 96815 TO 888777 TO OPT-IN TO RECEIVE NIXLE ALERTS FOR HONOLULU AND WAIKIKI
- Waikiki Elementary, 3710 Leahi Avenue, Honolulu
Why do we say Waikiki awakens? Well our occupancy is one indicator. Other indicators are a return of street entertainers, beach sun bathers and ocean enthusiasts. Additionally, business and hotels are illuminated, pedestrian and vehicle traffic increased, and luaus have reopened and are selling out fast. All support a strong rebound in Waikiki tourism that predominately focuses on domestic visitors with Hawaiian Airlines now offering direct flights from Ontario, Orlando, Long Beach, and Austin.
The average length of stay in February for all Hawaii visitors was 10.8 days according to the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism. Most visitors opt to travel independently vice using a group tour or vacation package. Interestingly, visitors who chose to telework from Hawaii tend to consider themselves on vacation. With our beautiful summer weather and longs days, visitors have plenty of time for work, play and rest.
One contributing factor as Waikiki awakens is that Hawaii has the lowest rate of COVID-19 cases in the nation. Partially due to the fact that Hawaii has one of the highest vaccination rate in the United States. As of April 22, Hawaii was ranked seventh nationally. Almost half of the adult population in Honolulu participating in the vaccination program.
A second contributing factor is that some visitors need to break up the monotony of working from home with a change in environment. This shift in visitor demographic has fueled the awakening with a different kind of visitor. Discounted airfares and travel deals makes Hawaii a desired place to reside temporarily while teleworking.
Extended Stay Accommodations
Hawaii Dream Realty has several extended stay accommodations that are offered at a discount over our daily rental rates. Extended stays are those stays that are a minimum of 30 days and typically include kitchens. Regardless all our rentals include broadband Internet. Broadband Internet means our visitors have plenty of bandwidth for Zoom meetings and remote access to their work.
General travel safety and security tips are a key to an enjoyable travel experience. Due to heightened airline security measures and changing FAA policies and procedures, it is imperative you are as prepared as possible for your trip.
A significant increase in travel is expected over the summer at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead if they will be making trips through these airports, especially during the peak times between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
General Travel Safety Tips
Make the most of any vacation by taking note of the following travel tips. We recommend that you print a copy of this list as a reminder to make safety your top priority. Also keep a printed copy of your domestic or international travel insurance plan just in case.
- Check the status of your flight before heading the airport. At least two hours before your flight departs most airlines want you to check-in.
- Allow plenty of extra time at the airport (generally 2 hours prior to departure). Changing security procedures have increased the time needed to check in. Build in more time if traveling with young children, infants or people with disabilities.
- Check with your airline to see if curbside check-in is available.
- FAA guidelines are being updated often. Find the latest from the FAA at www.FAA.gov.
- Consider checking your luggage. Reducing the number of carry-on bags and personal items that need to be screened through the security checkpoint saves a lot of time for everyone. Also remember most airlines only allow travelers one carry-on item plus one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, laptop computer, or small book bag-style backpack. Other personal items allowed include coats, child safety seats, diaper bags, books or newspapers, small bags of food and assistance devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and oxygen. These carry-on allowances vary from carrier to carrier. Before leaving home confirm what is allowed with your carrier .
Travel Safety Tips at the Airport
- Check www.tsa.gov for the most up to date information to get you through security quickly or down load the MyTSA App for airport security information.
- Keep your bags and personal belongings within reach at all times.
- Do not accept packages from strangers.
- Joking about terrorism, weapons, explosives, or other threats while going through the security checkpoint will likely lead to issues with the TSA personnel.
Checking-In and Security Checkpoint
- Adult passengers required a government-issued photo ID. If you do not have one of these available, bring two pieces of ID, one of which must be from a governmental authority.
- Remember, the security checkpoint only allows ticketed passengers to pass. Be prepared to show identification at the ticket counter and security checkpoint.
- Electronic items such as laptop computers and cell phones may be subject to additional screening. Be prepared to power on electronic items for screening personnel. Also, be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case so it can be X-rayed separately.
- Those leaving Honolulu are also reminded that they may use any of the available TSA security checkpoints throughout the airport, regardless of their airline or gate. If one checkpoint has a long line, it may be better to go to the next one available.
International Security Tips
- Lost passport: Call local police and the consulate. Temporary passports are available. Pack a photocopy of your passport separately from the original and carry an additional passport picture to expedite the replacement process in the event of a lost or stolen passport.
- In the event of a riot or civil unrest, go to your hotel and call the consulate and your airline. Do not go to the airport without a confirmed ticket or assurance that it is safe.
- International law requires that the American consulate (U.S. Interests Section, if no consulate) be notified if you are arrested or detained. You are entitled to a timely visit by a consular officer. They will notify family, aid in money transfer, and ensure you receive fair treatment.
General Security Tips
Whether you are traveling domestically or abroad, don’t become a victim.
- Do not carry large quantities of cash.
- Do not carry jewelry, wallets, or purses—wear a non-visible money belt. Transfer money from your money belt to pockets in your hotel room or in a bathroom.
- Use your dress and appearance to blend in with the crowd. Take the time to research local dress codes, so as not to stand out.
- Once you have arrived, keep your airline tickets in a separate, secure location from your passport. Also, remember your credit card number is on your airline ticket!
- When traveling to a foreign country, always carry the required travel documents such as your passport, visa and tourist cards.
- Be aware of local scam artists.
- Always inform others of your plans (family, consulate/embassy).
- Keep your camera hidden until you are ready to use it. Use tote bags instead of camera bags. Do not hang your camera around your neck.
- Avoid viewing maps in wide-open spaces.
- Leave copies of all your information (credit cards, passport numbers, travelers checks, air tickets) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid walking alone at night.
- Do not take shortcuts. Stay on well-traveled streets.
- Withdraw money from ATMs only during daylight hours, preferably in banks or hotels.
- Never leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock items in your trunk before reaching your destination.
Experience Hawaii’s Cuisine
To experience Hawaii’s cuisine is to experience Hawaii’s culture. People from different countries, cultures, and religions fill our world. However, one universal bridge ties us all together. The universal bridges is food. Food fills bellies and imparts a feeling of nourishment upon us all. Furthermore, food crosses language barriers and opens hearts.
The cuisine of Hawaii is also referred to as local grinds. Our local grinds continue to evolve with influence from chefs from all over the world. Micro farms and aqua culture farmers deliver fresh and unique island foods daily. The island foods provide a true farm to table experience with a fusion blend to tantalize the taste buds. The selection of restaurants represents the cultural diversity found in Hawaii. Enjoy beautiful views, beach side locations, romantic and fun ambiances, lovely and elegant settings, creative and innovative menus, and great food from Hawaii’s restaurants that accommodate all price points.
Taste some of Hawaii’s favorite ono delicious foods including Kailua pig wrapped in ti leaves cooked in an underground imu oven. Try some fresh cubed fish known as poke served in with variety of sauces and seasonings. Yearning for some fast food Hawaii style then go for a bowl of Saimin. Saimin is an inexpensive broth with noodles similar to Japanese ramen. Eat your Saimin with chopsticks and then pick up the bowl and drink the broth. Subsequently, on the sweeter side, indulge in a malasadas deep-fried dough rolled in sugar best eaten warm. Finally, dig into an authentic Hawaii shave ice desert, a flavorful tropical cocktail. In summary, to experience island cuisine is to experience Hawaii.
Where to Eat
Finally, if you are looking for restaurant suggestions, our mobile app includes a selection of Waikiki restaurants. Each restaurant includes a link to the menus, locations and contact information. We update our local restaurant lists as we discover fun atmospheres and ono dining worthy of your time.