Waikīkī, the famous resort area containing the most sought-after real estate in an island chain full of sought-after real estate, has undergone a facelift. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been plowed into renovations. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been plowed into renovations. Numerous hotels are upgrading; the International Market Place is more popular than ever; the grassy walks along Waikīkī Beach now bloom with plantings; statuary has been erected commemorating historic figures; and the Kapi’olani Park Bandstand has been rebuilt. All the more reason the inhabitants say, “ E komo mai!”, or “Welcome!”, to visitors.