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Keeping it Hawaiian

Kimberly Agas Kimberly Agas
Display on the Waikiki Walk of Fame Display on the Waikiki Walk of Fame

By Walter Makaula

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - With all the changes at the beachwalk,  Outrigger Enterprises says it is committed to keeping a sense of Hawaiian culture in the area. Years ago, this place was a favorite for local people, but as more hotels went up, and visitors continued to fly in, the number of kama'aina's significantly dropped.

Now, with the revitalization of Waikiki, a big emphasis is being put on bringing the people who live in Hawaii, back.

Vice President Kimberly Agas says, "It's not just a place for the visitor from the mainland, but it's for all of you to come in.  It's a place to stay, it's a place to enjoy, it's a place to say Wow!"

The restaurants and shops, all have an authentic Hawaiian theme. Even the hotel's are being redone to match.

Once the lobby renovations are completed at the Outrigger Reef, one of the last elements being added to it's décor is a 100 year old fishing canoe. It took two years to restore, and it will be hung from the ceiling for everyone to see.

One of the big attractions for local people, is the Hawaii Walk of Fame.

It's a tribute to Hawaiian music, and the artists who made an impact on the industry.

Take a stroll here and you'll run across some of the legends in the business.

Elvis Presley made a whole lot of people fall in love with the islands when he appeared in the film Blue Hawaii. Don Ho has a spot on the Walk of Fame too.

So do Gabby Pahinui,  the Brothers Cazimero, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, and a new generation of stars including Jack Johnson, and Jake Shimabukuro.

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