Waikiki is a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around
the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you'll find
world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and hospitality.
legendary Waikiki Beach, a statue of Hawaiian hero Duke Kahanamoku
welcomes you with open arms. Regarded as the "Father of modern
surfing," Duke grew up and surfed in Waikiki during the turn of the
century. Discovered as a swimming sensation, the prodigious Duke won
Olympic gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle in 1912 and 1920. The
amiable Duke later went on to act in Hollywood and used his fame to
spread the popularity of surfing and the spirit of aloha around the
From Hawaiian royalty to Hawaiian Regional Cuisine,
Waikiki continues to be an evolving expression of the ancient spirit of
aloha. On these famous shores, the past and the future are uniting in
fresh and surprising ways.
Today, Waikiki is in full bloom. There are world-class hotels with
familiar names like Hilton, Sheraton and Hyatt, and there are smaller
operations that still provide plenty of aloha. Waikiki also boasts
Waikiki Beach and the iconic slopes of Diamond Head Crater. There’s
500-acre Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo and the
International Marketplace (a shopper’s bonanza located in the heart of
Waikiki). Waikiki is also home to some of Hawaii’s finest restaurants
and hottest nightspots.
Best of all, everything is within walking distance. Waikiki is yours
to discover, block by block, beach by beach. Welcome to the playground.
There's more to see and do in Honolulu than laze on Waikiki beach (although there's nothing wrong with that!).
If you plan to go sightseeing in Honolulu, these are the top sights to tour.
1. USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor
attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941 sunk the USS Arizona and
brought the United States into World War II. Highlight of this historic
sightseeing tour are stops at the Arizona Memorial, the battleship USS
Missouri, and the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. You also
will see Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the King Kamehameha statue,
the Mission Houses Museum, and the magnificent banyan trees of downtown
2. Polynesian Cultural Center
corny and yes, you're bound to encounter lots of kids at this Honolulu
attraction. But if you're only planning to pass through Honolulu once,
you may kick yourself if you don't visit the Polynesian Cultural
Center. The 42-acre site contains 7 island "villages" that showcase the
indigenous cultures of Polynesian Hawaii, Samoa, the Marquesas, Fiji,
New Zealand, Tahiti, and Tonga.
3. Parasailing on Maunalua Bay
through the air, over the sapphire waters of Waikiki, an open parachute
on your back. Preliminary to going up, you can board a parasail boat
operated by an experienced crew licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The
float in the sky up to 300 feet, taking in views of Honolulu, Diamond
Head, and Waikiki surfers -- if you keep your eyes open.
4. Honolulu to Maui One-Day Tour
your schedule or your budget keeps you from combining a stay on Maui
with your visit to Honolulu, you can still experience the beauty and
wonder of this island. Honolulu to Maui tours lead you to the famed
10,023-foot summit of Haleakala volcano, Iao Valley State Park, and
into Lahaina, the capital of Maui.
5. Honolulu to Kauai One-Day Tour
your schedule or budget keeps you from combining a stay on Kauai, the
Garden Isle, with your visit to Honolulu, you can still experience this
verdant island. Honolulu to Kauai one-day tours cover the romantic Fern
Grotto, the breathtakingly beautiful Waimea Canyon, popular Poipu, and
6. Honolulu to the Big Island One-Day Tour
to see a volcano, up close? Even if plans keep you from combining a
stay on the Big Island with your visit to Honolulu, you can still
experience Hawaii. Honolulu to the Big Island tours generally cover
Volcanos National Park, the town of Hilo, Rainbow Falls, and more.
7. Diamond Head Crater Sunrise Adventure
can see the majestic 760 foot Diamond Head from just about anywhere in
Waikiki, but there's nothing like seeing it up close. At the summit,
360-degree views -- and one of the world's most romantic spots to kiss