It’s Beachin’ retro-Surfin’ in Hawaii

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Surf’s up! Let’s go surfin’ down memory lane.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian is a 1961 movie that starred… wait are you thinking Sandra Dee? Wrong. This movie stared Deborah Walley, in the sequel. James Darren played Moondoggie or Moondoggey, depending on the spelling.

Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii in 1961, with a surfboard yet! Hard to imagine when you think of later photographs isn’t it? The movie was set at the Coco Palms resort in Kauai. Abandoned, people still talk about resurrecting it. If you travel to Hawaii Kai, you’ll be at the site of the beach house in the movie. Presley also filmed Girls, Girls, Girls in 1962 and Paradise Hawaii in 1965 in the Aloha State.

Ride the Wild Surf was a 1964 movie filmed on the North shore of Oahu. It starred Fabian, Tab Hunter and Shelly Fabares as college-age surfers attacking the big waves. The three stars were respectively between the ages of 21 and 33, but who’s counting? Waimea Bays site of the film, and 30 foot waves thanks to a Jan and Dean song is a surfer mecca. You can get the surf report for Waimea Bay, which as of today, the waves are between two and four feet high (November 22, 2010), and you’ve got rideable waves, in case you are motivated by the words: “Surf’s up!”

The surf movies gave us 50’s and 60’s words like hodad, beach bums and bunnies and Big Kahuna. A hodad is someone who pretends he or she is a surfer, but they really aren’t. (Think: it’s like people who pretend they are politicians but aren’t, today). A beach bum or bunny hung around looking cool. They aren’t unlike ski bums and ski bunnies.

No, the Big Kahuna isn’t your boss, even though he or she claims the title if only in their head. Cliff Robertson played the part in the 50’s/60’s, but the prototype was Hawaiian Duke Kanahanamoku, a legend, a surfer exceptionally good at what he did, though the above boss might not be.

Beach movies never lacked for scenes at Waikiki Beach, which is located on the South shore of Honolulu. This is the place where people go to experience surfing beaches, and to see Diamond Head.

Are you ready? Duke Kahanamoku surfed here, and surfing is taught in his legendary memory. Follow paths of surfboards to attractions!

Waikiki is near Pearl Harbor, and a fantastic array of Hawaiian food to eat after your surfing adventures. Need we even talk about fresh Hawaiian food? Where else can you get fish this fresh and pineapple that is a “REAL,” ripened on the vine and tastes nothing at all like what you buy in the store. How about bananas! You’ll get spoiled, but what a wonderful spoiling it is after a day of fresh air, sun and surf. Even a luau with a roast pig has an allure. For a night, a day, a week, you are Moondoggie and Gidget living a dream.

Waikiki Real Estate

View of Waikiki Beach area hotels. Halekulani ...

Waikiki condos for sale, which consists primarily of condominiums with a fewer number of single-family homes, saw signs of recovery and increased strength in the month of September. An October 6, 2010 article from KITV News noted that “The median prices for single-family homes sold on Oahu in September dipped while the median price for condominiums climbed, according to statistics released by the Honolulu Board of Realtors. The median price for single-family homes fell from $640,000 in August to $622,450 in September. That is still a 2.9 percent increase over the price in September 2009. The median price for condominiums climbed from $305,000 in August to $335,000 in September. That is 8.2 percent higher than the same time last year. The number of units sold last month climbed for both condos and homes. There were 274 single-family homes sold in September compared to 229 in August and 253 in September 2009. Condominium sales inched up five units to 298 last month compared to August. However, that is down compared to September 2009, when 354 were sold. The statistics do not factor in new home sales.”

An October 6, 2010 article from Hawaii News Now noted that properties are spending less time on the market, possibly due to low mortgage rates. This means that Waikiki homes for sale and condos for sale are passing through the market more quickly than in months past. The report by Howard Dicus stated that “Without much change in sales volume or price, Honolulu home sales are happening in an average 32 days, compared to 54 days at the same time a year ago. Realtors on Oahu closed on 274 home sales in September for a median price of $622,450, down slightly from August but up from the median of $605,000 a year ago at the same time, the Honolulu Board of Realtors reported Wednesday. They closed on 298 condo sales for a median price of $335,000, compared to 354 sales at $309,500 a year earlier…More than 400 new listings for Oahu homes came on the market in September, but there are more than 300 pending sales already this month, suggesting the market is still fast-moving. A key factor in the market is unusually low mortgage rates. As of Wednesday, First Hawaiian Bank was quoting 4.16% APR for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with 1.5 points paid up front, while Bank of Hawaii quoted 4.01% with 1.625 points.”

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