Waikiki itself was once a favorite vacation spot for the Hawaiian monarchy, who loved its pristine beaches and enjoyed catching some waves on their early longboards. Waikiki’s encompassing city of Honolulu
became a popular destination for tourists in the late 1800s, due to both the island’s near-perfect weather and the general beauty of the area. Waikiki remains a hot spot for beach activities and general outdoor adventure even today; numerous surfing competitions are held there, along with canoe racing and hula performances. Over the years, a number of high-end hotels have sprung up on the beachfront to cater to the modern tourist trade.