Renowned beachfront area located on the south shore of Oahu, in the lee of Diamond Head, three miles southeast of downtown Honolulu; the sun-warmed birthplace of modern surfing, and the sport's most history-rich area. While maps define Waikiki Beach as a narrow strip of shoreline just a few hundred yards long, fronting an enormous wall of high-rise hotels, surfers generally think of Waikiki as extending over two miles from Diamond Head to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor—an area containing more than ...