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* '''Moose McGillycuddy's''' 310 Lewers Street, (808) 923-0751, 7:30am-10pm, Huge selection of breakfasts, pupu's (appetizers), burgers and specialties. Some of the best prices in Waikiki. Service is always superb. Great drinks too!
*Need a great breakfast to start your busy day:  '''Wailana Coffee House''', 1860 Ala Moana Blvd has a great pancake breakfast at a reasonable price.  Try the coconut syrup!
*Need a great breakfast to start your busy day:  '''Wailana Coffee House''', 1860 Ala Moana Blvd has a great pancake breakfast at a reasonable price.  Try the coconut syrup!

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Waikiki as seen from Diamond Head

Waikiki is a district of the city of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii, one of the United States of America. It has, perhaps, the best known tourist destination in the world, Waikiki Beach.


Perhaps the best known beach in the world, Waikiki was the favorite playground of Hawaiian royalty in the 19th century. At the time, Waikiki was an area of wetlands fed by streams from the valleys above Honolulu. That all changed in the 1920s when the government decided to build what would become the Ala Wai Canal, which would drain the wetlands and pave the way for later development.

These days, this 1.5 mile stretch of white sand beach is the nucleus of Hawaii's tourist industry, packed full of high-rise hotels that promise to treat you like a king, some of which may also require a king's ransom for admission. Often criticized for its concrete-jungle appearance, Waikiki has undergone a recent face lift to give it a more "Hawaiian sense of place."

Get in

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. with Interstate Highways that don't connect to another state. They are H-1, H-2, and the newest one H-3, all located on the island of Oahu.

By plane

Honolulu International Airport [1] is the main aviation gateway for the Hawaiian Islands. The airport's Main Terminal is served by most major American airlines from the mainland U.S, and by many international airlines from other countries around the Pacific Rim. Its Inter-island Terminal is the home of Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines, both of which offer frequent local service to the other Hawaiian islands.

The Airport Waikiki Express provides shuttle service to hotels in Waikiki every half hour for $8 per person. City buses #19 and #20 ($2 Adult/ no change given/ $US bills and coins accepted) also come to the airport once every half-hour, going through A`ala Park downtown and on to to Waikiki. You can catch them on the outside second level of the international and domestic departure terminals.

The best way to get to Waikiki by rental car (where your hotel is most likely to be) is to follow signs for H-1 east, then follow H-1 east about 2 miles to exit 18A (Waikiki/Nimitz Highway). Follow Nimitz Highway (which turns into Ala Moana Boulevard past downtown Honolulu) straight into Waikiki. You will pass through Honolulu's industrial district, along Honolulu Harbor, and past downtown Honolulu and the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Get around


When getting direction in Hawaii you're more likely to hear "mauka" or "makai" then north, south, east or west. Mauka means towards the mountains. Makai means towards the water, in this case the ocean. This means that the direction of mauka/makai is dependent on where you are on the island. In the case of Waikiki and Honolulu, which are located on the south shore of Oahu, mauka roughly means north, and makai roughly means south.

Major arterials

H-1 is some distance away from Waikiki itself and you need to go onto surface streets to and from Waikiki. If you need to access H-1 west from Waikiki to go someplace outside of the city, there are two main routes:

  1. Go mauka to Ala Wai Boulevard and follow it Ewa-bound to McCully Street. Follow McCully mauka for about 1 mile; it will take you over H-1. At the foot of the bridge, turn left on Dole, then left again onto Alexander to the freeway onramp.
  2. Follow Kuhio or Kalakaua Avenue Diamond Head-bound to Kapahulu Avenue. Follow Kapahulu mauka for about 1 mile, it will take you under H-1 and lead you to the freeway on ramp.

To get back to Waikiki from H-1 east, take either of these routes:

  1. Take exit 23 (Punahou Street). Turn right on Punahou, and stay in lane #3 from the left. This lane is right-turn only onto the left side of Beretania. Take an immediate left onto Kalakaua Avenue from Beretania. Follow Kalakaua into Waikiki.
  2. Take exit 25A (King Street). After merging onto King Street, stay to the right. Take the second right onto Kapahulu Avenue (follow signs to Waikiki). Follow Kapahulu into Waikiki.

In Waikiki, the three main streets, from makai to mauka, are Kalakaua Avenue (one way Ewa to Diamond Head, along Waikiki Beach), Kuhio Avenue (two-way), and Ala Wai Boulevard (one way Diamond Head to Ewa, along the Ala Wai Canal).

By bus

If you're traveling light, TheBus [2] offers service from Honolulu Airport to Waikiki. Take either route #19 or #20 to Waikiki. You may carry your bag onto the bus, provided that your bag fits under the seat and doesn't disturb other passengers. Routes #8 and #19 serve Waikiki and Ala Moana Center.



Waikiki Beach

If not the most famous beach in the world, Waikiki Beach is by far the most famous in Hawaii. It forms the foreground of most postcard pictures of Diamond Head. It is the first beach that comes to mind when most people think of Hawaii. Consequently, it is also, by far, the most crowded.

  • Queens Surf Beach - Gay Friendly - Near Kapiolani Park

Museums and Galleries


Diamond Head Crater, located on the southeast coast of Oahu at the end of Waikiki overlooking Pacific. Observation deck at the top with breathtaking views. Moderate hike with a lot of steps towards the end. About 1.5 hour hike. Bring water and flashlight (for tunnel).


First time visitors should be sure to book at least one luau. Some are better than others, check with your hotel concierge for recommendations.


Learn how to surf from the beachboys! For a real Hawaiian experience, American style, head over to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and look for the surf boards. Surfing lessons are fun and the waves at Waikiki beach are very easy.



Ever-present ABC Stores are located so that most hotels are within no more than a one-block walk. In fact, many locations are located in the shopping areas of the major hotels. They provide all manner of convenience store food, souvenirs, and merchandise, but the convenience does come at an extra cost.

Popular with locals, Longs Drugs are general merchandise stores with locations throughout the islands. The nearest location to Waikiki is on the second level of Ala Moana Center.

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, +1 808-486-6704. Hawaii's Largest - Open every Wed, Sat & Sun 6AM-3PM. Bring your hat and sunscreen and plan to spend at least half a day. There are many merchants with lots of local food items, clothing and Hawaiian souvenirs. Admission is $0.50 per buyer, under 12 free.


  • Moose McGillycuddy's 310 Lewers Street, (808) 923-0751, 7:30am-10pm, Huge selection of breakfasts, pupu's (appetizers), burgers and specialties. Some of the best prices in Waikiki. Service is always superb. Great drinks too!
  • Need a great breakfast to start your busy day: Wailana Coffee House, 1860 Ala Moana Blvd has a great pancake breakfast at a reasonable price. Try the coconut syrup!
  • For a juicy burger that will make your mouth water go to: Cheeseburger in Paradise, 2500 Kalakaua Ave. Great breakfast too.
  • Great smorgasbord dining on a budget try: Perry's Smorgy Restrauant, 250 Lewers St and 2380 Kuhio Ave (this is nicer location).


  • Moose McGillycuddy's 310 Lewers Street, (808) 923-0751, 4pm - 4am daily, Moose's is famous for their Happy Hour from 4-8pm 1/2 price drinks, live music, daily specials, tasty adult beverages, ono pupu's, bikini contest, friendly atmosphere and staff. A Waikiki landmark for over 26 years.


  • Waikiki Beachside Hostel, 2556 Lemon Road, [3].
  • Waikiki Rentals, [4].
  • Waikiki Vacation Rentals, [5].


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