Waikiki is a district of the city of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Waikiki is the area of Honolulu bounded by the Ala Wai Canal to the north and west, Kapahulu Avenue to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head
One of the best known beaches 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 (2.4 km) 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. Although it is often criticized for its concrete-jungle appearance, large crowds, and touristy feel, there is a lot to enjoy here and you can still find a quiet spot if you know where to look.
For information on getting to Honolulu, see the Get in section of the Honolulu article.
From the airport, there are plenty of options for getting to Waikiki. The Airport Waikiki Express provides shuttle service to hotels in Waikiki every half hour for $9 per person; look for the bright yellow t-shirts. Be warned that these are full coach buses, and if your hotel is on the eastern end of Waikiki, it will take the shuttle just as long to get through all the other hotels and traffic as it did to reach Waikiki from the airport. Roberts Hawaii (Toll-Free: +1 800 831-5541, On Oahu: +1 808 441-7800) does not charge for luggage and operates several coaches between the Honolulu Airport and Waikiki for $16 one way and round trip for $30.
If you are a party of multiple people, it's better to take a cab. However, you can expect to pay around $35 (before tipping) for a one-way trip from the airport to your hotel in Waikiki.
One person could take all the luggage on one of the coaches between the airport and the hotel and the others in the party could take the city bus, The Bus.
City buses, The Bus, #19 schedule and #20 schedule (fare $2.50, $1 per child or senior; exact change required, local bills and coins accepted) connect Waikiki to the airport once every half-hour, passing through Downtown. You can catch them on the outside second level of the international and domestic departure terminals. The stop numbers are 913 for the inter island terminal stop and 914 & 915 for the main terminal stops: use these numbers here (hea.thebus.org) to know when the next bus by GPS will arrive at the airport stops. 913 is the first airport stop, and 915 is the last airport stop. Note: TheBus only allows luggage that fits on your lap and under your seat. If you have more luggage than this, consider other options.
If coming to Waikiki by car from the airport or points west, follow signs for the H1 freeway east, then follow H-1 east about 2 miles (3 km) to the Waikiki/Nimitz Highway exit and follow the Nimitz Highway (which turns into Ala Moana Boulevard past Downtown) straight into Waikiki. Another option is to stay on H1 east and take exit 25A (King Street); after merging onto King Street, stay to the right and take the second right onto Kapahulu Avenue and follow Kapahulu into Waikiki. If coming from the east, take H1 west to the Kapiolani Blvd exit and follow to Kapiolani Blvd to McCully Street and make a left into Waikiki. Map of Waikiki showing one way streets
Parking in Waikiki is limited and very expensive: Map of Waikiki parking locations. If you have a car and your hotel does not have ample parking, you will have a large parking bill.
When getting directions in Hawaii you're more likely to hear "mauka", "makai", "ewa", and "diamond/koko head" rather then north, south, west or east. Mauka means towards the mountains. Makai means towards the water, in this case the ocean. Ewa means toward Ewa Beach, or roughly west, and Diamond/Koko Head means roughly east in the direction of Diamond Head. This means that directions are 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.
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).
Everything in Waikiki is within easy walking distance of each other. Another option is to use a moped - around Waikiki, numerous stands can rent mopeds (small motor scooters). Prices vary greatly, so look around a bit before deciding. These bikes generally cannot exceed 35 MPH, allowing for easy travel on city streets. A couple of rules to remember and locals will respect you better -(1) stay to the right! At all times stay as far right as possible, and if turning, stay to the far right of the lane you are in (moving to the far right side of the road as soon as you can). (2) It is illegal to ride double, so avoid having a passenger on your bike. (3) Don't park your bike on the sidewalk -- police will ticket. (4) Unless experienced, don't ride the bikes in at night in dark areas -- it is very difficult for you to be seen.
The private Waikiki Trolley operates three lines from Waikiki. The scenic attraction Green trolleys run about 35 mins apart around Diamond Head to Kahala Mall. The historic and cultural sights Red trolleys run about 40 mins apart to downtown, Chinatown, and Hilo Hattie. The shopping and dining Pink trolleys run about 10 mins apart to Ala Moana Mall. You can buy passes online.
Additionally, you can rent a bicycle to ride around Waikiki and surrounding neighborhoods. However, be aware that Waikiki's combination of heavy traffic and poorly implemented bike lanes can be a confusing and potentially dangerous place to ride a bicycle. Numerous tourists driving rental cars are jet lagged and/or unused to driving on the right side of the road. Lastly, police may ticket bicyclists riding on the sidewalks of Kalakaua Avenue.
- Diamond Head Crater, to the south of Waikiki (head south to Monsarrat Avenue and turn right; Monsarrat becomes Diamond Head Road and leads to the turnoff for Diamond Head). One of the defining landmarks of Hawaii is this ancient volcanic crater which dominates over Waikiki. An observation deck at the top offers breathtaking views of the southern coast of Oahu - after driving through a short tunnel, you can hike up a 0.75 mile (1.1 km) trail from a parking lot in the crater to the rim, up a couple flights of stairs, through a tunnel (bring a flashlight) and an old coastal artillery to the summit. The hike is very popular and not difficult, but the climb can be a little much for the average couch potato (bring water).
- Kapiolani Park, a large public park at the east end of Waikiki (toward Diamond Head), home to the Waikiki Shell amphitheater and the Honolulu Zoo. Right across the street on the shore is the Waikiki Aquarium.
- Honolulu Zoo, (cnr of Kapahulu Ave and Kalakaua Blvd), ☎ +1 808 971-7171, . Daily 9AM-4:30PM, closed 25 Dec. Lovely zoo with lots of exotic animals and plenty of the big-name ones like elephants, rhinos, lions, zebras and giraffes. $12, $6 residents, $3 children, under age 4 free (family pass available for $25).
- Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 923-9741, . Daily 9AM-4:30PM, closed 25 Dec. The third oldest aquarium in the U.S., this incredible institution has hundreds of species of marine life from Hawaii and the Pacific, including sharks, octopus, jellyfish, colorful reef fish, coral, and an outdoor exhibit with Hawaiian monk seals. $9, $6 residents/military/students/seniors, $4 teen, $2 children, under age 5 free.
Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Kuhio Beach
If not the most famous stretch of beach in the world, Waikiki Beach (which is in fact, a series of beaches) is by far the most famous in Hawaii. It forms the foreground of most postcard pictures, with Diamond Head in the background, and it is the first beach that comes to mind when most people think of Hawaii. Consequently, it is also, by far, the most crowded. It's a good place to learn to surf if you can manage not to hit or be hit by other beginners in the throng.
From west (Eva) to east (Diamond Head):
- Duke Kahanamoku Beach. Named after legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku, this is a man-made beach and lagoon on the Ala Moana end of Waikiki, in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort.
- Fort DeRussy Beach. Located adjacent to a park, this is the widest stretch of beach and one of the most popular. It is also a good spot for snorkeling, with a coral reef a little offshore. The Hale Koa Hotel (DoD hotel) and Outrigger Reef Hotel are on this beach.
- Gray's Beach. Located in front of Halekulani Hotel and Sheraton Waikiki.
- Waikiki Beach. Located in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel and the Moana Surfrider, this is perhaps the most crowded stretch of beach in Waikiki and the most iconic.
- Kuhio Beach. With an offshore retaining wall, this is a calmer section of beach that's great for families and beginner surfers. Along Kalakaua Avenue are four stones known as the Ancient Pohaku (Wizard Stones) which are believed to hold spiritual healing powers. There is also a statue of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku located here, often adorned with leis and a popular photo spot.
These two beaches are not technically in the Waikiki District that ends at Kapahulu Blvd, but are usually included as part of the Waikiki area:
- Queens Surf Beach. In front of Kapiolani Park, this is a quieter section of beach that's also popular with gays. The snorkeling is great here, with huge tangs, Moorish Idols and other fish.
- San Souci Beach. Located between the War Memorial Natatorium and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, this is a much quieter section of beach that's protected by a reef; great for families and swimming.
- First time visitors should be sure to book at least one luau. Some are better than others, check with your hotel concierge for recommendations.
- Sunset On The Beach, . Since 2001, there have been free movies on the beach in Waikiki near the Honolulu Zoo. You can view a movie on an outdoor 30-ft (9 m) screen.
- Surf, The beach (Walk towards the ocean). Anytime. Waikiki is good for beginners and old hands alike. It doesn't have the killer waves like Pipeline, but it has nice small longboard waves right off the beach which is where the beginners lessons are. A bit of a paddle will bring you out to some moderate sized waves. There are several places to rent boards and hire lessons right on the beach, all of which open early, and there countless cheaper places to rent off-beach. Varies.
- Atlantis Submarines, Hilton Hawaiian Village, (toll free: +1 800 548-6262), . Daily 9AM-3PM. Submarine tours off the coast of Waikiki, getting up-close to marine life, coral reefs, and shipwrecks. $99, $45 children.
- Na Hoku II, the beach in front of the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, . Sailing trips off Waikiki. Drinks are free. Try the sunset sail for spectacular views of the sunset. $30 for a 90 minute sail.
- Walk on the makai (ocean) side of the street between Lewers and Kapahulu. The makai side of the street has more cool shade from the sun, fewer cross streets with vehicle traffic, and far less touts attempting to hand you flyers to overpriced restaurants and activities.
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- Experience Hawaiian Cultural Sport "Outrigger Canoe Surfing". There are several companies who offer this service but Waikiki Beach Services, located in front of the iconic pink hotel, "The Royal Hawaiian, Luxury Collection" is the oldest and the most respected companies of all. Lead by the owner, Teddy Bush, his boys try to maintain the legendary "Waikiki Beachboys", and they will help you have the best time on the beach and in the water! They offer all the "Surfing" activities; Surfing Lessons and Stand-Up Paddling Lessons. They also provide Beach Umbrella & Chair rental, board rental, and "Beachboy Valet" service where you can spend half day exclusively with a Beachboy. He surfs with you, rides on the canoes with you and so forth. Just look up Waikiki Beach Services' website to learn more about the company and all the services they provide, or call (808) 388-1510
- Enjoy Live Entertainment at Night with Four Lads Unlike Las Vegas, evening entertainments are a very few in Waikiki, but currently there is a Beatles Tribute Band, "FOUREVER FAB" performing the "Best of the Beatles" live in Concert at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, located at 120 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu, HI. 96815. Did you know George Harrison and John Lennon actually visited Waikiki back in 1964 and stayed at the Royal Hawaiian, Luxury Collection on May 2nd? During the show, there will be a tribute to the island. Ukulele will be played by George Harrison as he "LOVED" Hawaii and Ukulele. Call (808) 725-4136
- 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. If you're looking for Hawaiian bath & body products, you'll find a variety of Forever Florals  products at ABC Stores.
- Longs Drugs are general merchandise stores with locations throughout the islands and are very popular with locals. The nearest location to Waikiki is on the second level of the Ala Moana Center just west of Waikiki. Longs Drugs (referred to as just Longs by locals) should be on your list of places to go if you're going to be in town for more than a few days and don't want to eat out every night, as groceries here are cheaper than just about any grocery store on the island, with very few exception. Because of this, Longs is a popular place to shop and lines to check out can get very long very fast, and some stores are best described as hectic. The wait is well worth it however. Another important note is that if you are from the mainland and need a refill on prescriptions, Longs is now owned by CVS/pharmacy.
- Food Pantry at 2370 Kuhio Avenue and 438 Hobron Lane. The closest thing to a proper supermarket in Waikiki, but it will close in 2016.
- International Market Place, 2330 Kalakaua Ave. *** UPDATE FEBRUARY 2014: The International Marketplace has been shut down. This area is under construction in preparation to open a Sak's 5th Avenue retail store. *** A virtual warren of over 100 market stalls and shops laid out amongst a jungle-like backdrop of banyan trees. All tourist goods and local tourist junk (mumus, aloha shirts, shell jewelry) available. Prices are not much better or worse than anywhere else, but worth a trip just to look at the trees and tourists.
- Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center,  is the main shopping mall in Waikiki, with levels of many tourist-oriented shops and restaurants. Currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Includes more than 100 shops and restaurants ranging from Cheesecake Factory to high-end boutiques (Hermes, Bvlgari, Fendi, Cartier etc.), to art galleries and lei stands. The Little Hawaiian Craft Shop on the upper floor is a good place to buy real Hawaiian and Tahitian-made crafts (koa wood, etc.) for slightly less than the fancier shops in the hotel malls.
- DFS Galleria (Duty Free Shops),  is a shopping mall built around a cruise theme. Included in the mall is one of the largest duty-free shops in the state. Due to its duty free nature, it is very popular with foreigners, especially Japanese. However, Americans can buy anything here as well, just be prepared to pay the tax as you normally would.
- Waikiki Shopping Plaza on Kalakaua Avenue includes five levels of small shops, including a food court on the lower level.
- Kahala Nuts, International Marketplace on Kalakaua Ave, DFS GALLERIA 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave (cnr of Kalakaua Ave & Royal Hawaiian Ave), ☎ +1 808 780-6887, . Farm fresh macadamia nuts, pecans, and almonds are freshly roasted and glazed right in front of your eyes. Awesome smell, taste, and a local favorite. Try to catch the owner, Kevin, the unofficial mayor of Waikiki.
- At the west end of Waikiki you can find the ridiculously expensive stores like Armani, Tiffany's, Bvlgari, etc.
Map of restaurants in Waikiki
- Hokulani Bake Shop, 2424 Kalakaua Ave Ste 1-2, +1 808 923-2253 . Tucked away inside the shopping center across the street from the Waikiki police station is a little slice of heaven. Winner of the Food Network's Season 12 Episode 4 of "Cupcake Wars", there's no better treat after sunbathing or playing in the surf than one of these delightful little cupcakes.
- Teddy's Bigger Burgers, 134 Kapahulu Ave, ☎ +1 808 926-3444, . Mon-Thu 10 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sun 10 am - 10 pm. This is one branch of a small chain. The name represents truth in advertising. The burgers are very big and juicy, and so are the grilled chicken breasts. The other ingredients, such as the lettuce, tomatoes, and onions are also fresh. Good value, good food even for people who usually steer clear of burger joints. The decor has a retro 60s feel and the sound track they play is classic 1960s/early 70s rock.
- Wailana Coffee House, 1860 Ala Moana (across the street from the Hilton Hawaiian Village), +1 808 955-1764. Open 24 hours. Probably one the best food deals in Waikiki; with a good variety of reasonably priced food, it’s popular with both locals and tourists. Breakfast anytime and all you can eat pancakes. Try the coconut syrup! Plus the place has been around long enough to become a bona fide institution.
- Zippy's, 601 Kapahulu Ave, +1 808 733-3725, . The island equivalent of Denny's, though far more popular with the locals. There's a wide variety of food, including plate lunches at reasonable prices; their signature dish is their chili, which they prepare in many different ways: served over rice, over a burrito, or over french fries, to name a few.
- bills, 280 Beach Walk (near Hard Rock Cafe), ☎ +1 808 922-1500, . 7am-10pm. Relaxed, generous, and oh-so-Australian.
- Búho Cocina y Cantina (Búho), 2250 Kalakaua (Roof top (fifth floor) of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza), ☎ +1 808 922-BUHO (2840) ([email protected]), . 11am-1am Sunday-Thursday, 11am-2am Friday & Saturday. Happy Hour daily 4-7pm at the bar and after 10pm for all. Live music nightly 9pm-12am. Wonderful bar and menu. Excellent location and ambience. Cinco de Búho is a big fiesta from 6-10pm on the Cinco (5th day) of each month. Opened in 2015 and received the Hale Aina bronze medal for the best new restaurant in the state of Hawaii and owner Hide Sakurai received the Hale Aina 2015 Restauranter of the year. Viva el Búho!
- Da Smokehouse, 438 Hobron Lane (not far from Discovery Bay on the lower level of Eaton Square along Hobron Lane), ☎ +1 808 946 0233. For Delivery call +1 808-591-8646 and ask for 'Da Smokehouse', . 10am-10pm. Menu (pdf) (html) Southern BBQ. $8-15 sandwiches with a side, $11-20 dinners with two sides, $28 choice rib eye steak, $30 slab of pork ribs, $15 half a slab, $14 whole chicken, large combo 2 sides with half a chicken, 4 pork ribs, 2 ham, 2 hot links for $35, small combo 2 sides with quarter chicken, 4 pork ribs for $16. Bar has a neighborhood vibe with inexpensive drinks and is open 10am-2am with 3 big-screen TVs for watching your favorite sports. Johnny Rocker has karaoke Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings..
- Duke's, 2335 Kalakaua Ave (At the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel), ☎ +1 808 922-2268, . Named after legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku. For meals and drinks right on the beach you can't beat Duke's. It's a family oriented bar and restaurant. You can order from the menu or eat an "all you can eat" buffet: $17 breakfast buffet 7am-10:30am, $19 lunch buffet 11:30am-3pm. Their Sunday live music is a local favorite.
- Eggs 'N Things , Waikiki Beach Eggspress, 2464 Kalakaua Avenue, ☎ +1 808 926-EGGS (3447), . Daily 6:00 am to 2:00 pm 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This very popular breakfast/brunch spot attracts lines, so don't go if you're in a big rush. They make excellent omelettes and pancakes, and there are three syrups on the table; the coconut syrup is the best of the three. Portions are humongous, so go very hungry or order with restraint. Service is polite, and the vibe is convivial.
- Irifune, 563 Kapahulu Ave (North east corner of Waikiki), ☎ +1 808 737-1141. This funky little Japanese fusion joint is one of the best kept secrets in town. Be sure to try the garlic ahi. There can be a long line of locals on some nights. It's BYOB!
- Lu Lu's Surf Club, 2586 Kalakua Ave ((Across the street from the Honolulu Zoo)), ☎ +1 808 926-5222, . 7AM-late. This is an enclosed, but open-air sports bar on across the street from the beach. moderate.
- Mikawon Korean Restaurant, 2345 Kuhio Ave (Not easily visible from the street - in a pedestrian mall about a half a block from Kuhio Ave), ☎ +1 808 924-3277. Mon-Sun 10 am - 10 pm. Very informal, with colorful testimonials in various languages papering the walls. Clientele is primarily Korean, and staff speak little English, so don't expect a lot of help in deciding what to order. Just get whatever seems good to you (some photos in the menu may help), and enjoy some delicious real Korean food. Excellent banchan (complimentary side dishes), too.
- Ono Hawaiian Foods, 726 Kapahulu Ave, +1 808 737-2275, . Easily the best place to get Hawaiian food in the islands -- popular with kama'aina and the savvy traveler willing to venture beyond the tourist track. Get the combination plate for a sampling of both kalua pig and lau lau (with some pipikaula, lomi salmon and poi on the side). An advice would be to get here early: as the best Hawaiian food restaurant it is very popular and waiting lines grow fast.
- Siam Square, 408 Lewers St, Ste 200, ☎ +1 808 923-5320. Best Thai curry in Waikiki, even though they charge extra for rice. Order the evil jungle curry with funky brown (read: purple) rice and wander next door to Bacchus for a glass of wine.
- Tiki's Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave (In the Waikiki Beach Hotel), ☎ +1 808 923-0751. Good food and service.
- Cream Pot, Hawai'ian Monarch Hotel, 444 Niu St, ☎ +1 808 429-0985. Breakfast and Brunch. Gourmet breakfast served in a delightful, one-of-a-kind decor that will make you think you've somehow stepped through a door from Waikiki into Provence. The chef's love and attention to every detail of the dining experience shines through and makes for a memory you'll cherish long after flying back home.
- Gaan Sushi, 2375 Ala Wai Blvd (2 blocks N of the Hyatt Regency Hotel), ☎ +1 808 922-3399, . 5:30PM-10PM, closed M. Delicious, authentic Japanese food and great service in a small elegant restaurant: pool-side at the Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel.
- Hy's Steakhouse, 2440 Kuhio (mauka of Uluniu and Kuhio), ☎ +1 808 922-5555, . Daily 5pm-10pm. For more than 38 years, Hy’s Steakhouse has been a celebrated fixture in Honolulu’s fine-dining scene. Hy’s offers an elegant, tranquil ambiance, top-notch customer service, and an all-around five-star experience. USDA Prime Kiawe grilled aged steaks and more. Excellent wine list. Offering a superb cuisine mix of American, European, Hawaiian and Pacific influences. Live entertainment. Dress code: Collared shirts and closed toe shoes. Reservations preferred, but not required. Valet parking is available.
- La Mer, 2199 Kalia Road (Ocean front at Halekulani Hotel), ☎ +1 808 923-2311, . 6PM-10PM. Award winning, 5 Diamond restaurant with French influenced Pacific Rim cuisine.
- Orchids, 2199 Kalia Road (Ocean front at Halekulani Hotel), ☎ +1 808 923-2311, . 7:30AM-11AM for breakfast, 11:30AM-2PM for lunch and 6PM-10PM for dinner. Award winning Sunday Brunch is 9:30AM-2:30PM. Ocean front dining at Halekulani with stunning views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.
- Top of Waikiki, 18F Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kauakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 923-3877, . Dinner only. Hawaii's only revolving restaurant and offers views of both ocean and mountains. Best time to dine is at sunset. Serves pacific-fusion cuisine.
Almost all bars in Waikiki also serve good food and sometimes it's hard to draw the line between pub and restaurant. Any of these places should also be considered a good place to get dinner.
- The Hideaway Bar, 1913 Dudoit Ln, ☎ +1 808 949-9885. Daily 6AM-2AM (). A dive bar located in an ally behind a 7-Eleven. Popular with Hospitality workers, bikers, punks and hard-edge musicians.
- Arnolds, 339 saratoga road, ☎ +1 808 924-6887, . Monday-Thursday 10am-2am, Friday-Sunday 9am-2am. Music daily 5-9pm. A dive bar next to Eggs and Things and near Hard Rock. $3 pint drafts PBR until keg blows, $4 Kona drafts, $6 Mai Tais, $15 pitchers (about five pints).
- Kings Pub, 444 Niu Street (Located in the lower lobby of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel), ☎ +1 808 949-1616, . Daily 10am-2am. Pool table. Entertainment daily 9pm-midnight. Karaoke on Friday starts at 10pm. Menu: hand thrown pizza 12" $13-15 16" $17-22, salads $8-9, and this n that $2-12. $3 wells & domestics, $4 imports until 6pm; $1 more after 6pm.
- Da Somokehouse, 438 Hobron Lane (not far from Discovery Bay on the lower level of Eaton Square along Hobron Lane), ☎ +1 808 946 0233. 10am-2am. Gem of a neighborhood bar with delicious southern BBQ smells and cheap drinks: Johnny Rocker has karaoke on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.
- Amnesia Sound Lounge (Amnesia), 2256 Kuhio (on the corner of Kuhio and Seaside, upstairs), ☎ +1 (808) 922-1422, . 12pm-2am. Formerly Lojax. Good drink specials, dance floor, DJs, and pool table. Best lanai in Waikiki. Drinks from $3.
- Cuckoo Coconuts Waikiki, 333 Royal Hawaiian Ave, ☎ "+1 ([email protected]), . 11am-2am. Relaxing, very tropical Hawaiian setting under many umbrellas. Popular with all ages, especially 20 and 30 somethings. Drinks use real fresh pineapples and coconuts. Local live music every evening 7-10pm. Food menu, sandwiches $7-12, salads and local favorites $10-15. beers $4-5.50; a glass of wine: Hawaiian $8.50, house red or white $6.50; Cuckoo sake (Mizbasho Ginjo) $8.50; Loco coco $12, Real Pina Colada $16; tropical specialties $8.95, Hawaiian Ice Tea $10.95, well shots $4 well drinks $5, top shelf $7-15, Mango, Guava, Pineapple, Passion Fruit juices $4.95, soft drinks $2.95.
- Fusion Waikiki (Fusion), 2260 Kuhio (near the corner of Kuhio and Seaside on Kuhio, upstairs), ☎ +1 (808) 924-2422, . 10pm-4am Sunday to Thursday, 8pm-4am Friday & Saturday. Features nightly drink specials and live shows and is a great spot to party. Usually no attendance fee, but support the DJs by giving tips to 'em.
- Hula's, at 134 Kapahulu, on the second floor of the Waikiki Grand. The oldest and best-known gay-friendly nightspot showcasing a glassed in dance floor. Excellent cocktails, especially mai tais. Music videos are shown on big screens, and are all by request on Monday nights. Open to the air.
- Honolulu Tavern, 417 Nohonani (Located in Hawaiian King), ☎ +1 (808) 922-5539. Daily 11am-2am. Previous owner had karaoke, three dart boards, and no pool table; current owner has pool table, one dart board, and no karaoke. Daily $3.50 12oz Rolling Rock bottles before 7pm, $3.50 12oz Tecate cans and Kirin Ichiban bottles, $4 16oz Bud & Bud Lite bottles all day. Monday $2 wells, $2.25 Rolling Rock cans, $3 domestics 9pm-11pm. Tuesday $1 chicken tacos $4 12oz Corona bottles $5 margaritas. Whiskey Wednesdays. Fireball Fridays. $2 Rolling Rock cans & 50cent wings on Sunday..
- Irish Rose, 478 Ena Road (above Pho Minh Thu on the second floor of a building next to 7-Eleven), ☎ +1 (808) 947-3414 ([email protected]), . Daily 6am-2am. Rock bands nightly. Waikiki fixture since 1985 – previously located on Lewers.
- Kelley O'Neil's, 311 Lewers St, ☎ +1 808 926-1777, . 11am-4am. Energetic pub atmosphere with live music playing every night.
- Moose McGillycuddy's, 310 Lewers St (Across from kelly's), ☎ +1 808 923-0751, . 7:30AM-4AM (). Live music, daily specials, tasty adult beverages, ono pupu's, bikini contest, friendly atmosphere and staff. Huge selection of breakfasts, pupu's (appetizers), burgers and specialties. A Waikiki landmark for over 26 years.
- Wang Chungs, 2424 Koa (in Stay Waikiki), ☎ +1 808 921-9176, . 5pm-2am (). Karaoke bar with excellent pupus menu. Free karaoke before 8pm. Songlist is available online only. Free WiFi and Free hugs!
- The Yard House, 226 Lewers (makai of Kalakaua Ave. between Giovanni Pastrami and Denny's, but across the street), ☎ +1 808 923-9273, . 11am-1am. Not only does it have a wonderful food menu, but they offer over 130 draft beers from all over the world, the huge island bar protects the 4 walls of taps within. If you were wondering how they can have so many beers on tap, just take a walk over to the double pained 2 inch thick Plexiglas wall that allows you to observe the elaborate tap system. It may take you longer to pick out a beer than to actually drink it.
- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Bar. 226 Lewers Ave, Ste L233. Take the escalator next to Yardhouse up to the second level for a full-service bar with talented mixologists and a mouthwatering menu. Just like Yardhouse, it gets jam packed Friday and Saturday evenings so come early.
- Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge. Trump International Hotel, 2nd floor, 223 Saratoga Rd. One of the best hidden spots to enjoy the sun set over lovely Fort DeRussy park and see the lights of Waikiki's skyline twinkle on while sipping the award-winning World's Best Mai Tai and listening to live Hawai'ian music. If it's a special occasion the chefs will dazzle you with a personalized dessert creation ... please treat them right.
- Sky Waikiki, Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave (one floor below the restaurant Top of Waikiki), ☎ +1 (808) 947-3414, . Daily 4:30pm-2am (). Dress code: resort attire. Nightclub attire for Friday and Saturday nights after 9pm. Reservations required for tables. No reservations for seating at the bar. Excellent pupus menu $8-16. $5 beer, $8-10 glass of wine, $8-18 top notch mixed drinks for the world class views.
There are many hotels in Waikiki in all price ranges, from luxurious resort properties to budget accommodations. Deals can be found at booking sites for most hotels . Busy times of the year are Christmas time, Easter, Thanksgiving and Summer, roughly Memorial Day to Labor Day. Map of Waikiki hotels and status of hotels. Waikiki always has hotels either under renovation or under construction.
- Ilima Hotel (Ilima Hotel), 445 Nohonani St, ☎ +1 808 923-1877. Budget friendly condo hotel two blocks from Waikiki Beach. Free parking and internet. The condos are very large units. From $133.
- Maile Sky Court (Maile Sky Court), 2058 Kuhio Ave, ☎ +1 808 954-7422 ([email protected]), . Budget friendly hotel three blocks to Waikiki Beach, four blocks to Hawaii Convention Center. Studios and one bedroom suites available. US$160-230 includes taxes and fees, weekly and monthly rates available.
- Stay Waikiki (Stay Waikiki), 2424 Koa Ave (near the intersection of Koa and Uluniu (Coconut Grove)), ☎ +1 808 923-STAY (7829) or toll free +1 877 870-7742, . Only one short block to the beach. From $130 includes taxes and resort fee..
- Pacific Ohana Hostel (Pacific Ohana Hostel), 2552 Lemon Rd, ☎ +1 808 921-8111, . Dorm, private, and studios available. $25-65, weekly and monthly rates available.
- Waikiki Beachside Hostel (Waikiki Beachside Hostel), 2556 Lemon Rd, ☎ +1 808 923-9566. Dorms and semi-private rooms. Large social backpacker atmosphere, with a cafe serving local food and scooter rental on the ground floor. Located on the east end of Waikiki, behind the Aston (There are two other hostels on this street). $20-74, weekly rates available.
- Aqua Palms & Spa (Aqua Palms & Spa), 1850 Ala Moana Blvd, ☎ +1 808 947-7256. Spa, WiFi, rooftop pool and receptions.
- Castle Hokele Suites Waikiki, 412 Lewers St.
- Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach (Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach), 400 Royal Hawaiian Ave, ☎ +1 808 954-4000. Contemporary, boutique-style hotel right in the heart of Waikiki. Two towers, 401 rooms. Currently the only Courtyard in Hawaii.
- Hilton Hawaiian Village (Hilton Hawaiian Village), 2005 Kalia Rd (corner of Kalia Rd and Ala Moana Blvd), ☎ +1 808 949-4321. The largest resort in Waikiki, covering 22 acres fronting Waikiki Beach. Five towers with 2,545 units, 90 shops, and 22 restaurants. From $199.
- Ilikai Hotel & Suites (Ilikai Hotel & Suites), 1777 Ala Moana Blvd, ☎ +1 808 949-3811. Oceanfront hotel, the famous opening shot of Hawaii Five-O. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness room, meeting rooms, rooftop restaurant.
- The Lotus at Diamond Head, 2885 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-1700, . This Diamond Head boutique hotel is located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki on the Gold Coast. The perfect hotel for visitors who want to escape from the busy lifestyle of Waikiki.
- Pacific Beach Hotel, 2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, ☎ 1-808-922-1233, . This hotel, not far from the beach, has its own three story high aquarium. You can visit the restaurant for drinks and watch the fish.
- Park Shore Waikiki (Park Shore Waikiki), 2586 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 923-0411. Overlooking Diamond Head and the pristine expanses of Kapiolani Park.
- Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (Sheraton Princess Kaiulani), 120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, ☎ 808.922.5811, . Dine at Pikake Terrace, Splash bar & Bento. Also have song and dance show called Creation - A Polynesian Journey.
- Sheraton Waikiki (Sheraton Waikiki), 2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, ☎ 808.922.4422, . Nightly poolside entertainment, two swimming pools, laundry facilities, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Spa Khakara, Yoshiya restaurant, live music at RumFire.
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa), 2552 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-6611. A large resort hotel across the street from Waikiki Beach, with two towers, several restaurants, dozens of shops, a spa and views of the city, ocean, and Diamond Head.
- Aston Waikiki Beach Tower (Aston Waikiki Beach Tower), 2470 Kalakaua Ave, (toll free: +1 877 997-6667). A condominium resort with ocean views from every suite, this hotel is located across the street from Waikiki Beach.
- The Halekulani Hotel (Halekulani), 2199 Kalia. 5 star hotel, the highest rated hotel on Oahu. Award winning restaurants La Mer and Orchids, with nightly Hawaiian music at the House Without a Key. Amenities include a pool, fitness center, full spa, meeting rooms, surfboard rentals and poolside service.
- Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki (Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki), 100 Holomoana St, ☎ +1 808 956-1111. A luxury hotel on the island of Oahu that features all oceanfront rooms and suites. Other amenities of the hotel include a championship golf course, day spa, tennis courts, and extensive facilities for meetings, weddings, and social events.
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa (Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa), 2424 Kalakaua Ave. 4 Star twin-tower resort and convention complex on Waikiki Beach. Spa, restaurants, shops and daily entertainment on property.
- The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, ☎ +1 808 923-7311, . Famous “Pink Palace of the Pacific”. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness room, meeting rooms, spa, restaurants and bars.
- Trump International Waikiki Beach Walk (Trump International Waikiki Beach Walk), 223 Saratoga Rd, (toll free: +1 877-683-7401). 5-star resort and spa, one block from the beach. Rooms are luxurious and newest hotel in Waikiki. Pool, spa, library, free WiFi and daily room servicing.
- Moana Surfrider - A Westin Resort and Spa, 2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, ☎ +1 808 922-3111, . Grand dame of Waikiki hotels. This beach front resort has amenities that include pool, beach services, spa, restaurants, lounges, fitness room and nightly entertainment.
- If you are not familiar with this climate, at times you may feel like you are about two inches from the sun. The cool breezes or convertible you are driving may offset the heat, but not the ultraviolet sun rays. Take appropriate care and keep the convertible top up, until evening or early morning.
- Do not pick up strangers - they may act friendly and act like they really need a ride. Best not to take chances in places you do not know.
- Be careful when you're in the ocean. Never underestimate power of the currents and the waves, and don't swim alone. If in doubt, ask a lifeguard about the current conditions. If there are signs posted, heed them. Jellyfish sometimes float near shore - if you get stung, head to a lifeguard station. The lifeguard will spray vinegar on the stings.
- Waikiki is fairly safe at night, due to the large numbers of jet-lagged tourists up and about and constant police presence at all hours of the night. There are a number of fairly conspicuous prostitutes late at night, but are mostly harmless (and probably not interested in you unless you are a well off Japanese gentleman).
- Theft is rampant on Waikiki Beach. Never leave items unattended.
- If you stop to watch street performers on the mauka (mountain) side of Kalakaua Ave, keep a hand on your possessions because pickpockets have been known to bump into tourists watching the show and lift their wallets, purses and cell phones.
There is a Internet cafe at 2463 Kuhio. Hoku Wireless is nearby at 2255 Kuhio Ave and you can get prepaid sim cards here also help unlocking your phone if you are from overseas as well as internet services. Their number is 808-520-1100 and they are open from 9 A.M. To 10 P.M. Everyday.
Waikiki is a pleasant place, but there is much more to see in the rest of Honolulu and other parts of Oahu. Definitely considering making it your base, but unless all you want to do is be on the beach in Waikiki during the day and have dinner and cocktails there at night, don't spend all of your time there.
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