Kapiʻolani Beach Park
Where did all the tourists go? From Kapahulu Groin south to the Natatorium, this peaceful stretch of beach, backed by a green space of...
In its early days, horse racing and band concerts were the biggest attractions at Waikiki's favorite green space. Although the racetrack...
Sans Souci Beach Park
At the Diamond Head edge of Waikiki, Sans Souci is a prime sandy stretch of oceanfront that’s far from the frenzied tourist scene. It’s...
Sunset on the Beach
On a number of Saturdays, Queen’s Surf Beach turns into a festive scene. Dubbed Sunset on the Beach, almost everything is free – except...
People's Open Market
This farmers market sells fresh bounty from the land and sea.
2777 Kalakaua Ave · interesting places nearby
Waikiki Aquarium information
Located on Waikiki’s shoreline, this university-run aquarium features dozens of tanks that re-create diverse tropical Pacific reef habitats. Check the website or call ahead to make reservations for special family-friendly events and fun educational programs for kids such as Aquarium After Dark adventures. It’s about a 15-minute walk southeast of the main Waikiki beach strip.
You’ll see rare fish species from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, as well as hypnotic moon jellies and flashlight fish that host bioluminescent bacteria. Especially hypnotizing are the Palauan chambered nautiluses with their unique spiral shells – in fact, this is the world’s first aquarium to breed these endangered creatures in captivity, a ground-breaking achievement. An outdoor pool is home to rare and endangered Hawaiian monk seals.