History of Waikiki
Waikiki means “spouting water”
Old Waikiki consists of taro fields and fish ponds, meandering stream and coconut groves as well as the fabled continuous, sandy beach.
The area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s who enjoyed surfing there on early forms of longboards but did you know Waikiki beaches are not natural beaches. They are man made beaches so where the sand come from?
Waikiki’s sand actually brought over from other beaches in Hawaii. They used to bring sand from world famous surfing beach Waimea Bay North Shore. When they used to dredge the sand out of Waimea bay the wave was actually bigger and better.
Recently, sand has been pumped from neutral areas of the ocean floor some 2,000 feet off Waikiki to fill in the shrinking beach. In 2004, the state spent $500,000 to siphon 10,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore—the largest replenishment effort of Waikiki’s beaches in more than 30 years. It’s a solution that aims to lessen the environmental impact and is being adopted by deteriorating beaches worldwide.
You can see the 1880s Waikiki picture here