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  • Waikiki hotels and highlights - 1 of 14

    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    Hawaii's most famous beach is still Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, and its most iconic hotel is still the pink Royal Hawaiian. Managing Editor Rebecca Tobin captured the following photos of Oahu hotels and highlights, starting with views from the penthouse floor of the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The view of Kalakaua Avenue and part of Kuhio Beach Park from the penthouse floor of the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider resort in Waikiki is dominated by a huge banyan tree, and offers food, cocktails and, in the evenings, live Hawaiian music.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    Umbrellas at the oceanfront Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider, which is operated by Westin.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The image of the Cattleya orchid in the pool at the Halekulani hotel in Waikiki is made of 1.2 million individual glass tiles.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The pool is the focal point of the Halekulani grounds, even at night.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    Diamondhead is one of the most recognizable elements of Waikiki, but many people get up early to climb to the top of the peak.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The viewing platform at the top of Diamondhead.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    People who climb to the top of Diamondhead are rewarded with magnificent views of Oahu, including the city of Honolulu.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The ascent to the top of Diamondhead -- or the descent -- isn't the easiest stroll on the island.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    One of the most popular spots for snorkeling is Hanauma Bay, just outside Waikiki.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    The Halona Blowhole, formed by lava tubes from volcanic eruptions, is about a 15-minute drive from Waikiki, north of Hanauma Bay.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    Sunset on Waikiki Beach is a special time of the day: People gather on the sand to watch the sun dip below the waterline.

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    Waikiki hotels and highlights

    Sunsets can take hours in Hawaii, and oftentimes the colors are more exciting and vivid after the sun sets.

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