You’ll know when you’re approaching the Waikiki Shell when you see its impressively unique nautilus-shaped amphitheater. Enjoy outdoor concerts and large festivals under the Hawaii sky, with beautiful Diamond Head in the background! Make sure to check the calendar for a schedule of concerts and events and other things to do in Waikiki Beach.
Waikiki offers myriad ways of viewing the ocean, whether from under sea or above it. One way to truly take in the experience of gliding across the Pacific Ocean is to hop on a catamaran from Waikiki. There are a variety of catamaran cruises—sunset cruises, snorkeling cruises, diving cruises, and booze cruises—and all promise a great time!
Calling animal lovers of all ages! The Honolulu Zoo, located steps to Park Shore Waikiki, houses over 900 furry and scaly friends on 42 gorgeous acres. Visit with wildlife from around the world, explore native and non-native plants, and grab lunch at the zoo’s concession. Park Shore Waikiki also offers a Honolulu Zoo Adventurer Package, perfect for the entire family!
Hawaiian royalty used to watch horse races at this park, located at the quiet corner of Waikiki near the Honolulu Zoo. These days, people love this park because it’s a fantastic place for morning yoga, an afternoon picnic, or a starlit evening run. People also love to take their dogs for walks along the perimeter of the park.
Diamond Head State Monument
Take a breath of fresh air atop Diamond Head, one of Oahu’s most famous landmarks and popular hikes. You’ll climb 175 steps, but it’s worth it, because once you get to the top of this 760-foot tuff crater, you’ll enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of Waikiki. This is a great hike for families -- even grandparents can be seen on the summit!
Surfing and Stand Up Paddling
You don’t have to look far to find the best surf and paddling lessons on the island! The super popular Hans Hedemann Surf School is on-site at the Park Shore Waikiki and is easily one of the best things to do in Waikiki Beach. Take a private or group lesson, or, if you’re feeling confident, take a surf session from a pro! You can always rent gear and start catching waves on your own.
Culture and History
Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial
People from all over the world interested in World War II history make their way Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial every year. Located just west of Waikiki is this spectacular tour through the largest natural harbor in the state where you’ll learn about the political and cultural history of the people and events that started the war. Park Shore Waikiki will be happy to help you book this memorable experience!
Polynesian Cultural Center
Spend the day walking through the villages of Polynesia that have been carefully recreated at the PCC. This iconic experience is located in the city of Laie on Oahu’s North Shore. Here, you’ll experience hands-on cultural activities, learn a variety of songs and dances of Polynesia, and try the foods from each culture. You and your family will love the Alii Luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast, and the evening show, HA: BREATH OF LIFE.
You’ll find the most comprehensive history of Hawaiian culture and art at the Bishop Museum, located just north of downtown Honolulu. Spend the day browsing both the permanent and rotating art exhibits, catch a show at the planetarium featuring Polynesian navigation, and have a relaxing picnic on the lawn. A day at the Bishop Museum is perfect for both children and adults.
This privately owned museum, a short walk from the Park Shore, offers guests a look into the mysterious corals, pearls, gemstones and fossils from Hawaii and around the world. Some highlights include displays of “Hawaiian Diamonds” and a real dinosaur egg fossil! Kids and adults will love these colorful treasures from the deep ocean.
Discover the history of Hawaii with a gorgeous hike or tour through Waimea Valley. The tropical scenery offers breathtaking views and a waterfall you can actually swim in (life vests are required, and provided)! Along the trail you’ll visit historical sites while getting to know the native plants and wildlife on the island. This is a highly recommended activity for the entire family!
Kaimana Beach Park
Located on the eastern edge of Waikiki near the Park Shore is this favorite beach among locals and visitors looking for things to do in Waikiki Beach. It’s a perfect family beach because it’s protected by a wide reef, making it ideal for shallow swimming. Grab a picnic lunch from Tucker & Bevvy, borrow some beach towels and chairs from the hotel, and head over for a day in the sun!
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay, located just east of Waikiki, is the most popular snorkeling spot on the island. Formed within a volcanic cone, the bay offers not only beautiful views under the sea, it’s also a picturesque place to spend the day. Before entering the water, you’re required to view a video about snorkeling in the bay. Admission is $7.50. Snorkeling gear is available to rent.
The Waikiki Aquarium, located on the golden Waikiki shoreline and nearby our hotel, is a great place to learn about the ocean and all its beauty. Each exhibit gives you front-row access to exotic marine life, including the Hawaiian Monk Seals and Green Sea Turtles. Check Park Shore’s Waikiki Aquarium Package for a great deal on admission!
The Halona Blowhole
Along the eastern coast, just 10-15 minutes from Waikiki, are not only breathtaking ocean views, but also natural landmarks like the amazing Halona Blowhole! The blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The lava tubes run to the ocean and, when the surf is right, watch out, because the blowhole shoots water up to 30 feet in the air!
Just outside the hotel is the popular ABC Store which has everything from beer & wine, snacks, and grab-and-go meals to gift shop trinkets, sunscreen, and beach gear. If you forgot something at home the ABC store is sure to have what you need!
Royal Hawaiian Center
Park Shore Waikiki rests on Kalakaua Avenue where the Royal Hawaiian Center, a shopping mecca, extends over 300,000 square feet. You’ll find shops that specialize in everything from local handmade goods, brand name retail items, and surf gear in local boutiques. In addition to shopping, there’s also lots of entertainment, like the “Rock-A-Hula” show on level 4, and lots of dining options.
If you’re looking for high fashion, dazzling diamonds, and golden rings then you’ll love the designers that line the row of luxury shops in Waikiki. Luxury Row is named for the line of shops that cater to high-end shoppers. Check out Chanel’s three-story retail store alongside Coach, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Tod’s and Yves Saint Laurent.
Ala Moana Center
One of the best experiences you can have in Hawaii is discovering the island’s unique cuisine and the ingredients that go into making your favorite Pacific-inspired dishes. Located near Diamond Head at Kapiolani Community College is one of the largest farmer’s markets on the island, featuring prepared meals, local fruits and vegetables, and handmade goods. Open Tuesday from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm and Saturday from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.
KCC Farmer's Market
Widely considered the most popular farmers’ markets on Oahu, the KCC Farmer’s Market is held each Tuesdays and Saturdays at Kapiolani Community College, located just a short drive from Waikiki. Enjoy a wide variety of local produce, locally-made products, and ono (delicious) food.