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...
Sans Souci Beach Park
At the Diamond Head edge of Waikiki, Sans Souci is a prime sandy stretch of oceanfront that’s even further away from the frenzied...
Badly in need of renovations, this small zoo on the north side of Kapiʻolani Park showcases some 300 species spread across 40-plus acres...
Hula's Bar & Lei Stand
Waikiki's top gay venue is a breezy balcony bar with views of Diamond Head and Queen's Surf Beach, a prime destination for a...
People's Open Market
This farmers market sells fresh bounty from the land and sea.
Waikiki Aquarium information
Lonely Planet review
Located on Waikiki’s shoreline, this modern university-run aquarium features a jaw-dropping shark gallery and dozens of tanks that recreate diverse tropical Pacific reef habitats. 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 tank out back is home to rare and endangered Hawaiian monk seals that can’t be returned to the wild. 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. Bus 2 Waikiki-Kapiʻolani Park stops outside the aquarium, or it’s about a 15-minute walk southeast of the main Waikiki beach strip.