Waikiki is more than a place. Waikiki is an experience. And Waikiki's sights and attractions will help you discover why the past and the present unite here in so many fresh and unexpected ways.
Waikiki has a variety of beaches to explore from Duke Kahanamoku Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa to Kaimana (San Souci) Beach near The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. The main stretches of beach in Waikiki include:
Waikiki Beach: This is the classic shoreline behind the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Moana Surfrider.
Kuhio Beach: When the world thinks of Waikiki, this golden stretch of sand along Kalakaua Avenue is what comes to mind. To the east, Kapahulu Pier extends into the Pacific giving you a stunning view of the Waikiki shoreline. The rock "Wall" shelters the beach, providing a tranquil spot to swim with the family.
Queens Surf Beach: Past the volleyball nets at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, the beaches get less crowded and grassy areas spring up, offering pleasant spots for picnicking.
Waikiki has a variety of attractions to see including the Waikiki Aquarium, the U.S. Army Museum, and the Honolulu Zoo across the street from the 100-acre Kapiolani Park. Not far from Waikiki you can go on an Atlantis Submarine ride, take a tour of stunning Shangri La or enjoy the ocean views from the coastal Leahi (Diamond Head) Lookouts.
As the sun sets, shop, dine, dance, and listen to live music in venues like the new Waikiki Beach Walk and in hotels and resorts throughout Waikiki.Beyond the borders of Waikiki, you'll discover a wealth of interesting attractions, from the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor to the legendary beaches of the North Shore.
Waikiki Historic Trail
To learn more about Waikiki's history, take a stroll along the Waikiki Historic Trail, which highlights 23 historic sites, 19 of which are marked by Bronze surfboards with a wealth of historical information.
The trail begins at the Royal Hawaiian Center in the heart of Waikiki. The Royal Grove here in historic Helumoa was once home to 10,000 coconut trees. The trail continues to the four Pohaku (Wizard Stones) off of Kuhio Beach said to provide spiritual healing; King's Village, a shopping center that was once the residence of King Kalakaua; and the Duke Kahanamoku statue which has become an enduring symbol of Waikiki. From Hawaiian artifacts on display in hotel lobbies to the weathered photos of Waikiki's surfing past in Duke's Canoe Club, an exploration of Waikiki's history will make your stay even richer.