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Waikiki hotel adds new pool deck, shops, cultural display

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - A beachfront hotel in Waikiki has added a few new enhancements to its property.

The latest improvements at the Waikiki's Outrigger Reef on the Beach, include a new swimming pool and sun deck, and a number of boutiques and shops. 

But the most stunning addition is a new cultural display showcasing a 22-foot steering paddle from the Hawaii'iloa voyaing canoe.

Originally built in the early 1990s to revive and perpetuate ancient canoe-building skills, the 57-foot long Hawai`iloa and its crew used traditional Polynesian navigation methods to travel 6,000 miles over 21 days to French Polynesia and back. 

The canoe was later pulled from the water due to damage from termites and exposure to the elements, and is currently being housed in pieces while it is being restored by the nonprofit Friends of Hokulea and Hawai`iloa.

The hotel plans to add a poolside restaurant in 2009, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, pupus, tropical drinks and live music nightly by Hawaii's hottest musicians.

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