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Ala Wai Canal, Honolulu

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The Ala Wai Canal is an artificial waterway in Honolulu, Hawaii which serves as the northern boundary of the tourist district of Waikīkī. It was created in 1928 for the purpose of draining the rice paddies and swamps which would eventually become the tourist resort area of Waikiki. It also serves as a primary drainage corridor for the rivers and streams that run through central and east Honolulu.The canal runs from just northwest of Kapahulu Avenue along the length of Waikīkī, then turns southwest to empty into the Pacific Ocean. Bridges cross the canal at McCully Street, Kalākaua Avenue, and Ala Moana Boulevard. Ala Wai Boulevard runs parallel to the west side of the canal in Waikiki.HistoryBefore the canal existed, Waikiki consisted of wetlands which were fed by streams running from the Makiki, Palolo, and Manoa valleys to the sea. In the early 1900s, Lucius Pinkham, then President of the Territorial Board of Health, developed the idea of constructing a drainage canal to drain the wetlands, which he considered "unsanitary." Although the canal proposal was approved by the Board of Health, final approval did not occur until Pinkham became Governor of Hawaii.Construction of the canal, by Walter F. Dillingham's Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, began in 1921 and was completed in 1928. When the city was permitting for new buildings in Waikiki they required builders to build above sea level. Dillingham then sold the dirt he had dredged to create the canal so they could build up the newly created land. The canal is still routinely dredged, most recently in 2003.
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  • Morning strolled along the ALA Wai Canal, the we come to Hawaii from more than 30 years ago, but for the first time. And walk along the beach water is not very good, also I amble along the Canal as well.
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  • Our private tour guide brought us to this area and told us some detailed info about the Ala Wai Canal. The Ala Wai Canal is an artificial waterway in Honolulu which serves as the northern boundary of ...  more »
  • It's quite a distance is thought to take a walk along the ALA Wai Canal, from a hotel near the beach walk walk walk, come back. This time it was abandoned. But I learned here on the practice field of the canoe, daily view over Canal from the trolley. I witnessed many people to walk or run along the Canal. Soothing relaxing views.
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  • After I begin single sculling every weekends at 61yo, I want to be here from Japan for enjoying single scull. Fortunately HRC helps me sculling here while this visit Hawaii. Wonderful!
  • Do not fall in here. It's toxic
  • One pickup truck diagonal stop if I was looking at the Ala Wai Canal and had that side by side during the Red pylons, traffic is regulated. You don't began climbing and the man then came out of the car bent Palm trees and then pruning and Bassa Bassa began. Craftsmanship is where to look is great. Nicely done.
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  • Originally, you can walk to the Park wetlands 1928 dobro.
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  • You can walk along the Canal to great
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