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Explore Waikiki

Explore Waikiki

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Discover, play, shop and savor new flavors in the Waikiki area. From snorkeling to Hawaiian cuisine, cultural gems, national monuments and fantastic shopping, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are our best insider tips.

Attractions

Enjoy the spirit of Waikiki as you discover the native wildlife, take in breathtaking views and experience the local ambience.

Kaimana Beach Park

Kaimana Beach Park


Located on the eastern edge of Waikiki near the Park Shore is this favorite beach among locals and visitors. 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!

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Waikiki Shell

Waikiki Shell


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 to see what’s coming up during your stay.

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Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park


Hawaiian royalty used to watch horse races at this park, located across from the Park Shore in 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. It’s also a place where locals take their dogs for walks along the perimeter.

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Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium


The Waikiki Aquarium, located on the golden Waikiki shoreline near within walking distance of the Park Shore Waikiki, 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.

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Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo


Calling animal lovers of all ages! The Honolulu Zoo, located just steps from 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.

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Diamond Head State Monument

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!

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Kaimana Beach Park

Kaimana Beach Park


Located on the eastern edge of Waikiki near the Park Shore is this favorite beach among locals and visitors. 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!

Learn More
Waikiki Shell

Waikiki Shell


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 to see what’s coming up during your stay.

Learn More
Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park


Hawaiian royalty used to watch horse races at this park, located across from the Park Shore in 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. It’s also a place where locals take their dogs for walks along the perimeter.

Learn More
Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium


The Waikiki Aquarium, located on the golden Waikiki shoreline near within walking distance of the Park Shore Waikiki, 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.

Learn More
Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo


Calling animal lovers of all ages! The Honolulu Zoo, located just steps from 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.

Learn More
Diamond Head State Monument

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!

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Activities

With the breeze on your skin and the warm sun overhead, the area’s activities will keep you moving, tasting and exploring beautiful Waikiki.

Sea_Life_Park

Sea Life Park


Open 365 days a year, Sea Life Shows features exhibits and marine life shows to bring you up close and personal with the diverse underwater world of Hawaii. It’s a great place to spend a half day exploring habitats, enjoying interactive programs and learning all about the marine animals with their knowledgeable staff.

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Surfing and Stand Up Paddling

Surfing and Stand Up Paddling


Always wanted to learn to surf? Here is your chance. Waikiki is teeming with surf schools and spots for surfers of every stage, from beginner lessons to intermediate as well. You can also try your hand (or feet!) at stand up paddling, a cross between paddling a canoe and surfing. You might even see a turtle alongside your board!

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

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.

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Catamaran Cruise

Catamaran Cruise


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!

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Gunstock Ranch


A real, working western-style ranch on Oahu, Gunstock Ranch offers the chance to enjoy the island as a Hawaiian cowboy, or paniolo. Go horseback riding, try offroading, and discover the Hawaiian Legacy Forest where you can plant your own native Legacy Tree as part of the ranch’s commitment to reforestation. Gunstock’s eco-tours and activities at the foot of the Koolau Mountains make for a truly unique Hawaiian experience

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Hawaii Food Tours

Hawaii Food Tours


One of the best ways to experience a new place is through its cuisine, and Waikiki is no different. Go beyond the Luau and explore traditional and modern Hawaiian food with its many cultural influences. From poke to kalua pork, poi, and haupia for dessert, you can taste your way around during a delicious food tour of Waikiki and the surrounding areas.

ClimbWorks Zipline Tours

ClimbWorks Zipline Tours


Fly through the treetops during a three-hour guided tour featuring ziplines, rappels and sky bridges plus a fun ATV ride. Throughout the experience you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the Hawaiian farming landscape, mountain and ocean views, learning all about Oahu’s unique culture and history.

Learn More
Sea_Life_Park

Sea Life Park


Open 365 days a year, Sea Life Shows features exhibits and marine life shows to bring you up close and personal with the diverse underwater world of Hawaii. It’s a great place to spend a half day exploring habitats, enjoying interactive programs and learning all about the marine animals with their knowledgeable staff.

Learn More
Surfing and Stand Up Paddling

Surfing and Stand Up Paddling


Always wanted to learn to surf? Here is your chance. Waikiki is teeming with surf schools and spots for surfers of every stage, from beginner lessons to intermediate as well. You can also try your hand (or feet!) at stand up paddling, a cross between paddling a canoe and surfing. You might even see a turtle alongside your board!

Learn More
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

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.

Learn More
Catamaran Cruise

Catamaran Cruise


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!

gunstock-ranch

Gunstock Ranch


A real, working western-style ranch on Oahu, Gunstock Ranch offers the chance to enjoy the island as a Hawaiian cowboy, or paniolo. Go horseback riding, try offroading, and discover the Hawaiian Legacy Forest where you can plant your own native Legacy Tree as part of the ranch’s commitment to reforestation. Gunstock’s eco-tours and activities at the foot of the Koolau Mountains make for a truly unique Hawaiian experience

Learn More
Hawaii Food Tours

Hawaii Food Tours


One of the best ways to experience a new place is through its cuisine, and Waikiki is no different. Go beyond the Luau and explore traditional and modern Hawaiian food with its many cultural influences. From poke to kalua pork, poi, and haupia for dessert, you can taste your way around during a delicious food tour of Waikiki and the surrounding areas.

ClimbWorks Zipline Tours

ClimbWorks Zipline Tours


Fly through the treetops during a three-hour guided tour featuring ziplines, rappels and sky bridges plus a fun ATV ride. Throughout the experience you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the Hawaiian farming landscape, mountain and ocean views, learning all about Oahu’s unique culture and history.

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Culture

Discover Oahu’s rich culture as you venture to local heritage sites, exploring the island’s colorful history and modern-day customs.

Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial

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.

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Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center


Spend the day walking through the carefully-recreated villages of Polynesia 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.

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Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace


Discover one of Polynesia’s most meticulous and spectacular restorations. Iolani Palace was home to Hawaii’s monarchy, and can now be explored in all of its original grandeur. Located in downtown Honolulu, this is your chance to be transported back to the times of King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani and Hawaii’s royal heritage.

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Hawaii Mission Houses

Hawaii Mission Houses


Get an authentic glimpse into the Hawaii of the 19th century at the Hawaii Mission Houses. Two of the site’s three restored houses are the oldest in the islands. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972, there is also an orientation center and gift shop to enhance your experience.

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Lucoral Museum

Lucoral Museum


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.

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Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum


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.

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Hawaii State Art Museum

Hawaii State Art Museum


With free admission, located in downtown Honolulu, the Hawaii State Art Museum or HiSAM is a great place to see contemporary art by artists across the entire state. The museum also has a café as well as a gift shop where you can purchase artwork and various handmade gifts by local artisans.

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Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum


Located at the active military base on Ford Island, just a short shuttle ride from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the Aviation Museum introduces visitors to over 70 years of aviation history in the Pacific. General admission grants you access to all exhibits, over 50 aircraft and more. There is also the option of a special guided Aviator’s Tour.

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Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial

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.

Learn More
Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center


Spend the day walking through the carefully-recreated villages of Polynesia 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.

Learn More
Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace


Discover one of Polynesia’s most meticulous and spectacular restorations. Iolani Palace was home to Hawaii’s monarchy, and can now be explored in all of its original grandeur. Located in downtown Honolulu, this is your chance to be transported back to the times of King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani and Hawaii’s royal heritage.

Learn More
Hawaii Mission Houses

Hawaii Mission Houses


Get an authentic glimpse into the Hawaii of the 19th century at the Hawaii Mission Houses. Two of the site’s three restored houses are the oldest in the islands. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972, there is also an orientation center and gift shop to enhance your experience.

Learn More
Lucoral Museum

Lucoral Museum


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.

Learn More
Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum


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.

Learn More
Hawaii State Art Museum

Hawaii State Art Museum


With free admission, located in downtown Honolulu, the Hawaii State Art Museum or HiSAM is a great place to see contemporary art by artists across the entire state. The museum also has a café as well as a gift shop where you can purchase artwork and various handmade gifts by local artisans.

Learn More
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum


Located at the active military base on Ford Island, just a short shuttle ride from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the Aviation Museum introduces visitors to over 70 years of aviation history in the Pacific. General admission grants you access to all exhibits, over 50 aircraft and more. There is also the option of a special guided Aviator’s Tour.

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Shopping

With world-class boutiques, stores and luxury venues, Waikiki is a shopper’s dream. Enjoy a unique island-style shopping experience during your stay.

KCC Farmer's Market

KCC Farmer's Market


Widely considered the most popular farmers markets on Oahu, the KCC Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon 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.

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International Market Place

International Market Place


Known for its iconic banyan tree and lush Hawaiian landscaping, the International Market Place will offer unique open-air shopping & dining with a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” in the heart of Waikiki. It’s sure to be among Oahu’s top places to visit, and we're a ten minute walk away! Your shopping adventure awaits.

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Royal Hawaiian Center

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 to 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 plenty of dining options.

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Ala Moana Center

Ala Moana Shopping Center


Enjoy the warm Hawaiian breezes flowing through the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. Its 350+ shops and restaurants include top boutiques, department stores and more than 100 dining venues. In addition to shopping in paradise, Ala Moana also has ukulele and hula performances as well as seasonal events, a farmers market, its own magazine and app.

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DFS Galleria


Right in the heart of Waikiki, this luxury shopping experience brings you world-renowned brands and a fantastic client experience. On the first floor you’ll find food and confections as well as local Hawaiian specialties and gifts. The second floor has the island’s largest fragrance and beauty department, while the third floor is dedicated to duty-free merchandise at some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques.

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Luxury Row

Luxury Row


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.

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KCC Farmer's Market

KCC Farmer's Market


Widely considered the most popular farmers markets on Oahu, the KCC Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon 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.

Learn More
International Market Place

International Market Place


Known for its iconic banyan tree and lush Hawaiian landscaping, the International Market Place will offer unique open-air shopping & dining with a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” in the heart of Waikiki. It’s sure to be among Oahu’s top places to visit, and we're a ten minute walk away! Your shopping adventure awaits.

Learn More
Royal Hawaiian Center

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 to 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 plenty of dining options.

Learn More
Ala Moana Center

Ala Moana Shopping Center


Enjoy the warm Hawaiian breezes flowing through the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. Its 350+ shops and restaurants include top boutiques, department stores and more than 100 dining venues. In addition to shopping in paradise, Ala Moana also has ukulele and hula performances as well as seasonal events, a farmers market, its own magazine and app.

Learn More
dfs-hawaii

DFS Galleria


Right in the heart of Waikiki, this luxury shopping experience brings you world-renowned brands and a fantastic client experience. On the first floor you’ll find food and confections as well as local Hawaiian specialties and gifts. The second floor has the island’s largest fragrance and beauty department, while the third floor is dedicated to duty-free merchandise at some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques.

Learn More
Luxury Row

Luxury Row


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.

Learn More

Secret Spots

We invite you to enjoy the secret side of Waikiki with places that take you off the beaten track and into our own personal paradise. We’ll let you in on some of the best local hideaways.

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Make a point to…
  • Visit Shangri La, the Islamic-style mansion built by heiress Doris Duke.
  • Have a drink at the mesmerizing O Bar with oceanarium.
  • Stroll through the tropical rainforest at Lyon Arboretum.
  • Take in stunning views of Oahu’s windward side during a hike up Kaiwa Ridge.
  • Explore the mystical Mermaid Cave nestled somewhere near Nanakuli Beach Park.

Events

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