Moana Surfrider Hotel


About Moana Surfrider Hotel


Standing in the heart of Waikiki Beach is the Moana Surfrider Hotel. As the first hotel built in Waikiki, it has always been the standard of Waikiki luxury.


Designed with european and Ionic styling, the Moana Surfrider Hotel has had many remodels over the last 100 years, but these influences are still ever present today.


Featuring live music every evening, the beachside patio bar is a popular spot for vacationers to have a cocktail and enjoy a fantastic sunset.


The Moana Surfrider Hotel was the first hotel built in Waikiki and opened it’s doors in 1901. The property featured a parlor, saloon, billiard room, lobby, reception area, and the first electric elevator in the islands. There were 75 rooms originally, some of which included telephones, which was a luxury at the time.


The hotel was popular with both locals and tourists of the time. Rooms started at $1.50 a night and Duke Kahanamoku and his group of Waikiki Beachboys often frequented the grounds and restaurant while swimming and surfing at the beach.


Today the Moana Surfrider Hotel is one of the premier places to stay in Waikiki, and sits next to the popular Kuhio Beach Park. It is in one of the busiest parts of town and is listed on the national register of historic places. The 793 rooms which make up the hotel today spare no expense as Hawaii’s most prestigious hotels.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: Everything you would expect from a Hawaiian hotel. Beautiful pool, 3 restaurants, high-end shopping, center courtyard, and a beachfront patio bar.
  • Insider Tip: Head down to the beachside patio bar for an evening cocktail and relax while listening to live local music!
  • Fun Fact: In the center courtyard stands a large Banyan Tree that was planted in 1904, and is now over 75 feet tall. It was also selected by the America the Beautiful Fund as the Hawaii Millennium Landmark Tree to be protected for future generations to enjoy.
  • What to Expect: Stunning architecture, Hawaiian artifacts, excellent hospitality, tropical luxury, beautiful sunsets, and excellent cocktails.
  • Pop Culture: Many members of the White House staff stay at the Moana Surfrider Hotel when President Barack Obama stays on Oahu in the wintertime.