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What's with the diacritical marks in "Waikiki"? Is this the standard Hawaiian language spelling? And shouldn't it be "Beach"? RickK 03:38, 21 Sep 2003 (UTC)
- I think "Beach" should be capitalized too... Evil saltine 03:48, 21 Sep 2003 (UTC)
I've moved this article from "Waikīkī" to "Waikiki".
- The external links in this article all go to sites using "Waikiki"
- The vast majority of wikipedia-internal articles  link to some variant of "Waikiki" rather than "Waikīkī"
- In the internet at large, the vast majority of usage is for "Waikiki", rather than "Waikīkī". Google results as follows:
- In internet posted news items, which arguably represent the most up-to-the-minute usage, the overwhelming majority of usage is for "Waikiki", rather than "Waikīkī". Google News results as follows:
My conclusion from this evidence is that "Waikiki" in much wider circulation than than "Waikīkī" and should be the title of the article. See WP:Naming conventions (geographic names) and WP:Naming conventions (use English) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Erudy (talk • contribs) 20:55, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
Sand from Manhattan Beach, CA?
While it is possible that what you are saying is true (about importing sand from CA), Waikiki has always been a sand berach. I would need to see a reference about your statement. I've not heard that before. But I can research it a bit for you, or you can provide a source for the information? - Marshman 04:27, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
i can't provide source verification but I've heard about it. A hawaiian wikipedian should check the honolulu library archives for newspaper articles on the subject.
- Hey, I found the relevant citation online at the Manhattan Beach Historical Society, and I quote:
- "Manhattan Beach is built on sand. In the early days, old timers speak of walkways disappearing, small structures sliding and the sting of the sand. The dunes were a major problem. Some were 50 feet to 70 feet high. Leveling them off was difficult. In the late 1920s, developers from Hawaii made a deal with the Kuhn Brothers Construction Company to supply Waikiki Beach with Manhattan Beach sand. The sand was loaded onto the Santa Fe Railroad cars and transported to the harbor in San Pedro and then onto ships or barges. This continued for almost ten years. Manhattan Beach today is by no means flat. Sand dunes are particularly obvious in the north end of Manhattan Beach where Sand Dune Park is located."
- Apparently it's true, and Waikiki imported sand from Manhattan Beach in the 1920's.--Endroit 08:11, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
I presume you must mean the reef runway, as the airport was built in the 20's or 30's. But, believe me, there is absolutely no relationship between the airport in Honolulu and the sand on Waikiki Beach. They are separate reef systems and too far apart for the reef runway to provide any sort of wave protection. And presently there is lots of talk about needing another beach restoration or sand replenishment at Waikiki, so your hypothesis is incorrecty as to the need as well. - Marshman 18:06, 28 October 2005 (UTC)
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- Thank you. I've made the changes. Travis Thurston+ 08:15, 6 February 2012 (UTC)