Waikiki beach has webcams in several locations, though no clear history is mentioned for any one of them. One points at the aquarium, another points at the Duke Kahanamoku statue, and several show the surf conditions. Many cameras are maintained by resorts, such as the Marriott, Sheraton and Hitlon hotels near the beach.
Beach webcams make it easy for surfers to decide when the tide is right and let tourists feel closer to the water. The Marriot Hotel offers a 24-hour live streaming webcam. During the day, the camera shows the ocean and a portion of the beach walk bordering the ocean. At night, the webcam broadcasts black and white pictures of twinkling lights near the shore.
The Sheraton and Hilton webcams only broadcast during the daylight hours. Both webcams show promotional hotel shots during the night, but the 24-hour Waikiki Aquarium webcam stays on to show viewers the island's resident baby monk seal.
Waikiki Beach was a resort for royals in the 1800s and possibly the birthplace of longboard surfing. The beach is popular for tourists who come in droves year-round to enjoy surfing, sunbathing and shopping in the warm weather. The long beach walk stretches in front of the large, modern resorts.