This chapter reviews the history of more than forty years of efforts to improve Waikiki. For millions of visitors to Hawaii, Waikiki has been the window through which Hawaii is viewed. Until direct flights to the Neighbor Islands became possible, Waikiki was the sole gateway to Hawaii. Yet visitors generally give Waikiki the lowest satisfaction ratings among Hawaii’s resort destinations, despite it being the state’s most important visitor destination. Given the importance of the neighborhood in Hawaii’s tourism industry, keeping Waikiki attractive to tourists is a matter of statewide concern. Thus the chapter looks to Waikiki’s prestatehood history before turning to a brief discussion on the problems facing Waikiki today. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the efforts at addressing these issues.
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