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Ala Wai Canal, Honolulu

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3.4/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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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  • Classic Canal is not always watching because if you run in the car always runs along the Canal, to park your car too. However, an important Canal is on the history of Waikiki. Building the Canal in a big way when you land there sprang the water in wetlands and not suitable for resort development plan has emerged is ALA Wai canal water marshlands of Waikiki. Beyond Waikiki went the resort development at a rapid pace. When now that Kalakaua AV is a one-way street, so go by car from Waikiki to the West along the Canal to pass through, no one can always go. Currently located condo include some on the other side, has become one of the Waikiki landscape.
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  • Went to go see the Outriggers, but were to late, but was pretty walking by the water and seeing all the fish in the water, very clear. Nice paved pathway for walking or running. 
  • We walked along the canal from our hotel. It was good to see the locals out on the water in the canoes. A bit of relaxing open space in the busy City. 
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