The grand dame of Waikiki hotels is celebrating a birthday.
The Moana Surfrider Resort opened in 1901—the first hotel on Waikiki Beach. To celebrate, it’s hosting “A Time for Music, Memories and More” on Sunday.
It’s an afternoon of stories, history, live Hawaiian music, hula and, of course, birthday cake. And it’s all complimentary and open to all who wish to attend from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the hotel’s Banyan Courtyard.
The storytelling should be cool. Hawaiian storytellers will talk about the notable events, grand parties and even grander guests that have stayed at the Moana over the years. (Oooh, gossip!) You’ll also hear about the recent restoration of the more-than-century-old “first lady of Waikiki.”
Complimentary tours of the hotel will be offered from noon to 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There’ll also be an elegant chocolate-themed afternoon tea on the Moana’s Veranda, a fundraiser for Historic Hawaii Foundation. Unfortunately, it’s $100.
On the other hand, you can have regular tea service—for a lot less—at the Veranda any afternoon, just like someone we know very well recently did.
More information on the entire schedule of Sunday afternoon birthday festivities is here.
Happy birthday, Ms. Moana. We should all look so good at 107.
Vintage photo of the Moana courtesy of Historic Hawaii Foundation