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The Moana Surfrider is an iconic Waikiki hotel. Opened in 1901, it was actually the first hotel in Waikiki and is nicknamed “The First Lady of Waikiki.” It’s in the center of Waikiki and sits right on Waikiki Beach.


It’s a grand and beautiful hotel that’s been updated, but still holds on to its Victorian charm. It’s a popular wedding destination with it’s charming columns, grand staircase, and wraparound veranda. This used to be where celebrities like Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Amelia Earhart would stay. 


Their Moana Lani Spa is a full service, luxury spa, with ocean views from its treatment rooms. Afternoon Tea is served on the weekends at the Veranda restaurant. Sip a cocktail under a 117 year old Banyan tree and listen to live music in the evenings. People watch from the wooden rocking chairs on their covered lanai facing the hubbub of Kalakaua Avenue.


 FYI, It’s now a Westin Resort & Spa.

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2365 Kalakaua Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

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Check In / Check Out

  • Check-in: 3pm

  • Checkout: 11am



  • Rooms (low season): ~$215 - $450 / night

  • Rooms (high season): ~$400 - $550 / room

  • Resort Fee: $42 + tax

  • Off-site parking: $42 / day

  • Valet parking: $55 / day


  • Waikiki Beach — 1 min walk

  • Honolulu Zoo — 11 min walk (3 min drive)

Iconic, plantation-style property. Right in the center of Waikiki and right on the beach. Sip a cocktail under a 117 year old Banyan tree. Full service spa too.

Moana Surfrider


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  • 749 rooms, 21 floors

  • AC

  • Coffee / tea in-room

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Mini fridge

  • Mobility accessible rooms

  • Safe deposit boxes

  • Bathrobes

  • Comfy pillow top beds and foam pillows, with premium bedding that Westin is known for.

Room Types

  • Almost 20 different types of rooms, but they basically fall into 3 categories: The Historic Banyan Wing, The Diamond Wing, or The Tower Wing, 

  • The Historic Banyan Wing has the smallest rooms, but they’re also the most affordable. No balconies or bathtubs. 

  • The Diamond Wing rooms are larger than the Historic Banyan Wing and have private lanai balconies. City or ocean views available. No bathtubs. Rooms come with Toto washlet toilets. 

  • The Tower Wing has the largest rooms, all with private lanai balconies. Ocean or city views available. Rooms come with Toto washlet toilets. There are also Suites and Penthouses available with larger lanais, dedicated living room areas separate from the bedrooms.

  • Beach Club Lounge Access for $125 / night [TEMPORARILY CLOSED] is complimentary with Suites and Penthouses. All other rooms can purchase it at the Front Desk. It gives you access to a private lounge with seating and tables and floor to ceiling windows with views of the ocean, beach, and Diamond Head. They serve a continental breakfast as well as evening appetizers and cocktails. ​

  • FYI  that rooms facing the courtyard may be noisier than ones overlooking the beach, because of evening dining and live music. 



  • Beachhouse at the Moana for dinner with a view of Waikiki Beach. Seafood, steak, and island classic made with fresh Oahu ingredients. [Reservations recommended.]

  • The Beach Bar for a mai tai under their famous banyan tree, steps away from the beach. Tropical drinks and small plates. Some say they’ve got the best Lava Flow on the island. The food is nothing special but the view and ambiance is. A great spot to watch the sunset or listen to live music in the evenings. [Tip: get there early to secure a table for sunset.]

  • Veranda at the Beachhouse for daily breakfast or make a reservation for Afternoon Tea on the weekends. Dine under the historic banyan tree. 

  • Vintage1901 is an outdoor evening lounge serving wine and small plates. 

  • Surfrider Cafe is the poolside eatery serving quick, healthy options, like acai bowls, sandwiches, salads, fresh-pressed juices, and coffee. 

  • Honolulu Coffee Co for farm to cup drinks. Their beans are roasted the day-of in Honolulu. Good acai bowls too.

  • Guests at Moana Surfrider also have signing privileges for restaurants at their sister properties, The Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki, and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. By signing the charges to your room Marriott Bonvoy members will also earn additional points. 



  • Coin operated laundry.

  • Dry cleaning.

  • Complimentary one day Go Pro rental.

  • Enhanced Wi-Fi access in guest room and public areas.

  • Complimentary rental of MiFi device for Wi-Fi on the island.

  • Moana Surfrider Shopping Tote (one per stay per room).

  • Car rental.

  • Parking available. Off-site for $42 / day or valet for $55 / day. [FYI that the parking lot is across the street at the Sheraton Princess Kailuani.]

  • 2 electric car charging stations for a fee.

  • Newspaper in lobby.

  • Signing privileges at the other Starwood resorts in Waikiki.

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  • Oceanfront pool. Heads up that it’s small and can get crowded. You can rent shaded poolside cabanas that overlook the beach. They’re discounted after 12pm. [FYI: no inflatables allowed in the pool.]

  • Private beach area with loungers for rent. Here you’ll find SUP and surf lessons taking place. [Tip: reserve beach umbrellas at least a day ahead. The beach area gets crowded.]

  • Moana Lani Spa is Waikiki’s only oceanfront spa. The 17,000 square foot luxury spa is one of the largest in Waikiki, with the best views overlooking the ocean. They have an extensive menu of treatments, including massage, scrubs, facials, and manicures. There are couples treatment suites with private balconies, relaxation lounges, steam rooms, and saunas. Day passes are available. 

  • Daily Cultural Activities include hula lessons, ukulele lessons, lei making, history tour, and morning ocean ritual.

  • Morning yoga offered daily on the front lawn.

  • Fitness Center. Workout equipment, running maps, and yoga. 

  • Free Tours of the Historic Property on Mondays and Wednesdays. Hear about some of the hotel’s most interesting stories on an hour long walking tour. 

  • Live music at night at the Beach Bar. 

  • Gift shop.

  • High Tea is served on weekend afternoons at the Veranda, with a view of the ocean. [Reservations recommended.] 



  • 117 year old banyan tree in the courtyard. It’s a great spot to have a drink and watch the sunset. 

  • Historic photos of the hotel on the lobby walls. 

  • On the 2nd floor above the lobby, take a look at memorabilia from the hotel’s early days — scripts from the Hawaii Calls broadcast, historic photos, and wool bathing suits. 

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  • Reserve your beach umbrella at least a day ahead. The beach area gets crowded. 

  • Rent a cabana by the pool for the day, overlooking the beach. They’ve got shade so you can camp out there all day and also order food. If you book after 12 noon you get a big discount too.



  • This is a smoke-free property.

  • This hotel can get crowded because of its central location.

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  • This is a popular hotel for families.

  • Babysitting is available.

  • Cribs available upon request.

  • The Tower Wing has more spacious rooms and suites. 



  • No pets allowed.



  • The Moana Surfrider Hotel is the oldest hotel in Waikiki. It opened in 1901 as the Moana hotel. It’s also known as “The First Lady of Waikiki.”

  • The very first guests were Shriners who paid $1.50 / night for their rooms. 

  • The hotel’s notable guests include Amelia Earhart, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Joe DiMaggio, GEorge Burns, Agatha Christie, and King Edward VIII.

  • From 1941 - 1945, during WW2, the Moana became a rest and recreation area for soldiers and sailors. For some of them, it was their last stop before heading off to war. 

  • Their famous banyan tree in the courtyard was planted in 1904. It was only 7 ft tall when it was planted, but it’s now over 75 feet tall. In 1979, it was added to Hawaii’s Rare and Exceptional Tree List.

  • The Tower Wing was added in 1969. 

  • The Banyan Wing is the main historic section of the hotel. It’s been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • “From 1935 to 1975, the Moana's courtyard hosted the Hawaii Calls, a famous Hawaiian music live radio broadcast. That’s one of the reasons they continue to do live music in the evenings. 

Last Updated 10 / 27 / 21

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