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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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  • July 29, 2017
    In a canal near Waikiki condo in the mountain view room and overlooking the ALA Wai Canal in the morning and evening, is also clever. Or reach the sound waves and cheers coming from the Waikiki Beach, ALA Wai Boulevard runs car traffic there is room was high but may be quiet and relaxed and really enjoyed our stay. The ALA Wai Canal passing through the ALA Wai Blvd. When you go towards downtown from Waikiki on the rental car while in the Canal along the toll road, on the right side and a Palm tree-lined open, Outlook may well have. To me a greeting between you when you pass people walking, jogging, and walk along the Canal promenade to eat breakfast at a cafe along the street and feel good breakfast.
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  • July 17, 2017
    Stood along the canals where to stay, so walked down the road along the Canal 6 o'clock the morning. Traffic is heavy during the day, road near the highway so that still is early in the morning. While soaking up the Sun came out from behind the clouds on the other side of the Canal, residential area (East) around. Canal was quite the big fish. There is, however, water here is contaminated with a high degree of information. Turning toward the apartment district near Canal Road on the way from home, but many big trees old apartment, summer flowers were in full bloom. Savor a quiet Waikiki early in the morning is recommended.
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  • June 28, 2017
    This is a man made canal from the bay that runs along the back of the village. The rowing club use this and you may catch sight of 4 or 8 man rowing boats speeding up and down the canal.  more »

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