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Sitting proudly on Waikiki beach is the Iconic luxury hotel the Royal Hawaiian Hotel which is affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific. This bright pink 90 year old regal hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki and only 2 miles from Ala Moana shopping mall and 9 miles from Honolulu Airport.


View from Surf Lanai

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We chose the Surf Lanai restaurant which is in the Royal Hawaiian hotel for our belated birthday lunch celebration.  The Surf Lanai is an upscale outdoor beach-side restaurant serving up casual elegance and specializing in classic dishes and tropical local foods.


The Surf Lanai offered beautiful views of the crystalline ocean and Diamond Head and a wonderful lunch selection with great service. Our meals were first class.

When I lived in Hawaii, I worked on the catamaran, the Keipoikai which would have been the mother of this Keipoikai.  I enjoyed fantastic memories of some very memorable days on Waikiki beach.

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Keipoikai Catamaran

 As we walked through the hotel to the restaurant on the beach we went through beautiful rooms with traditional Hawaiian decor. There were very few changes from when I lived in Hawaii. It felt like a step back in time.



You don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to dine here at the Surf Lanai. We drove down from Kailua and took advantage of the complimentary parking. There is also valet parking available for diners at the hotel restaurants.

A walk on the beach after our meal was a perfect finish to a relaxed and delightfully lazy lunch.


A walk on Waikiki beach

It was such a very special day out for both of us.