If you’re looking for action, then Waikiki is where it’s at. Old meets new, meets traditional meets modern. With so much on offer, here’s just one way how you can spend 24-hours in Waikiki.
What to do...
Kick off with a leisurely wander along the Waikiki’s beachfront and around Kapiolani Park with spectacular Leahi (Diamond Head) as your backdrop.
Snatch some fresh fruit or a hot omelet from any number of the al fresco diners that stretch along Waikiki Beach.
Hang with famed surf legend, the late Duke Kahanamoku, on the Waikiki Bouelvard - a great ‘selfie’ opportunity. Then there’s time to get into the water for a surf or canoe lesson.
See if you can find the amazing humuhumunukunukuapuaa or any of the other fascinating marine animals at the Waikiki Aquarium.
Continue the aquatic theme with lunch at Duke’s Canoe Club (Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort) where you can see classic photos of Duke and learn a little more about this local hero.
With a full tummy, it’s time to explore more Waikiki attractions like the Honolulu Zoo, or U.S. Army Museum. Follow the surfboard shaped interpretive guides along the Waikiki Historic Trail.
Now is a great time to enjoy a massage at one of Waikiki’s premier spa resorts like the Na Hoola Spa at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Be sure to sample some of the real Oahu wellness and rejuvenation treatments.
Once a haunt of Hawaiian Royalty, the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Center is where you can learn to play the ukulele or how to seduce your partner with a traditional hula dance. There’s probably time for a spot of upmarket retail too.
Join the crowd for a moment as the tiki torches are lit in a ceremony along Kuhio Beach. Then stroll out to the Kapahulu pier to witness a famous and spectacular sunset.
It’s dinner time. A chance to experience some authentic Hawaiian regional cuisine at Roy’s in Waikiki Beach Walk or Alan Wong’s Restaurant beyond Waikiki. If fine cuisine is your style, visit Doraku in the Royal Hawaiian Center or Top of Waikiki.
Time to shop at some uniquely Hawaiian stores like Mana Hawaii and Aloha Army along the Waikiki Beach Walk. Or you can wander away from the evening crowd and explore unusual and intriguing boutiques like Spark between Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues.
You’ll hear the live music made famous at such venues as Tiki’s Grill & Bar and the Lewers Lounge in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.
The pace is ramping up and it’s time to hit nightclubs like The Yard House in Waikiki Beach Walk or RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki. When you’re satisfied, go looking for more action beyond Waikiki in hotspots like the upscale Pearl in the Ala Moana Shopping Center.
You’ve built a hunger, so steer a course back to the Hilton Waikiki Beach and grapple some of Mac 24/7’s supersize pancakes. As the morning light breaks, surfers begin their morning ritual in the slowly breaking waves of Waikiki and you’re almost ready to start over again.