Must-see attractions in Waikiki

  • The Stones of Life - four stones on Waikiki Beach that were placed there as tribute to four legendary mahu.

    Stones of Life of Kapaemahu and Kapuni


    Near the police substation at Waikiki Beach Center, four ordinary-looking volcanic basalt boulders are actually sacred and legendary Hawaiian symbols…

  • Honolulu, Hawaii - January 1, 2022: View of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.
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    Royal Hawaiian Hotel


    With its Moorish-style turrets and archways, this gorgeously restored 1927 art deco landmark, dubbed the ‘Pink Palace,’ is a throwback to the era when…

  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Duke Kahanamoku Statue


    On the waterfront on Kalakaua Ave, this imposing statue of Duke Kahanamoku is always draped in colorful lei. The Duke was a true Hawaiian hero, winning…

  • Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA: beach and Fort DeRussy Boardwalk / Beach Park - Rainbow Tower in the center.

    Fort DeRussy Beach


    Less crowded than adjoining beaches, this often-overlooked beauty extends along the shore of its namesake military facility. The water is usually calm and…

  • Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki.

    Queen's Surf Beach


    Just south of Kuhio Beach, the namesake beach for the famous surf break is a great place for families as the waves are rarely large when they reach shore…

  • Waikiki Aquarium in Kapiolani Park.

    Waikiki Aquarium


    Located on Waikiki’s shoreline, this university-run aquarium recreates diverse tropical Pacific reef habitats. You’ll see rare fish species from the…

  • Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki, Honolulu.

    Moana Surfrider Hotel


    Christened the Moana Hotel when it opened in 1901, this beaux-arts plantation-style inn was once the haunt of Hollywood movie stars, aristocrats and…

  • Kahanamoku Beach


    Fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, large Kahanamoku Beach is Waikiki’s westernmost beach. It takes its name from Duke Kahanamoku (1890–1968), the…

  • Kaimana Beach


    At the Diamond Head edge of Waikiki, Kaimana is a prime triangle of sandy stretch of oceanfront that’s far from the frenzied tourist scene. It’s commonly…

  • Princess Kaiulani Statue


    Princess Kaiulani was heir to the throne when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893. This statue of the princess feeding her beloved peacocks sits…

  • Makua and Kila Statue


    A bronze charmer, this warm-hearted public art sculpture shows a young surfer (Makua) sharing a moment with a monk seal (Kila). It's inspired by the…

  • Kuhio Beach Park.

    Kuhio Beach Park


    If you’re the kind of person who wants it all, this beach offers everything from protected swimming to outrigger canoe rides, and even a free sunset hula…

  • US Army Museum of Hawai‘i


    At Fort DeRussy, this museum exhibits an almost mind-numbing array of military paraphernalia as it relates to Hawaii’s history, starting with shark-tooth…

  • Kapi'olani Regional Park


    In its early days, horse racing and band concerts were the biggest attractions at Waikiki's favorite green space. Although the racetrack is long gone,…

  • Prince Kuhio Statue


    This statue of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaʻole fronts Kuhio Beach. It celebrates the man who was prince of the reigning House of Kalakaua when the…

  • Queen Kapiʻolani Statue


    This bronze statue depicts Queen Kapiʻolani, the wife of King David Kalakaua – his statue sits at the other end of Waikiki. The Queen was a beloved…

  • King David Kalakaua Statue


    Born in 1836, King Kalakaua ruled Hawaii from 1874 until his death in 1891. With his wife, Queen Kapiʻolani, Kalakaua traveled the world extensively. This…

  • Storyteller Statue


    This bronze statue just off Kalakaua Ave represents 'The Storytellers,' the keepers of Hawaiian culture. For centuries, women have been at the top of…

  • Kuhio Beach Surfboard Lockers


    Where most cities have bike racks and others have big parking garages, Waikiki has a public facility that embodies the very spirit of the beach: a huge…

  • Surfer on a Wave Statue


    Opposite the entrance to Honolulu Zoo and right on the beach, the Surfer on a Wave statue celebrates surfing as a major part of the culture of Waikiki…

  • Huge Banyan Tree


    Generations of surfers and sunbathers have enjoyed shade under this century-old banyan tree. It's the perfect pictorial backdrop for photos and it serves…

  • 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 banyan trees and…

  • Honolulu Zoo


    Honolulu Zoo displays tropical species from around the globe. There are 42 acres of tropical greenery, over 1200 animals and a petting zoo for kids…

  • Gray's Beach


    Nestled up against the Halekulani luxury resort, Gray’s Beach has suffered some of the Waikiki strip’s worst erosion. Because the seawall in front of the…

  • Kahaloa & Ulukou Beaches


    The narrow beach between the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotels is Waikiki’s busiest section of sand and surf, making it great for people-watching…

  • Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial


    Opened in 1927 as a beaux-arts-style memorial to those who served in WWI, the Natatorium has a saltwater pool that's 100m long and 40m wide. Unfortunately…

  • Ala Wai Canal


    The Ala Wai Canal was completed in 1927 to drain the taro fields, marshes and swamps that would become present-day Waikiki. Running from Kapahulu Ave, the…

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