Top ChoiceStatue in Waikiki

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. They are said to contain the mana (spiritual essence) of four...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Waikiki

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 Rudolph Valentino was the romantic idol and travel to Hawaii...

Top ChoiceStatue in Waikiki

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 numerous Olympic swimming medals, breaking the world record...

Top ChoiceSteak in Waikiki

Hy's Steakhouse

Hy's is so old-school that you expect to find inkwells on the tables. This traditional steakhouse has a timeless old leather and wood interior. But ultimately, it's not whether you expect to see Frank and Dean at...

Top ChoiceDesserts in Waikiki

Waiola Shave Ice

This clapboard corner shop has been making the same super-fine shave ice since 1940, and we’d argue that it’s got the formula exactly right. Get yours doused with 20-plus flavors of syrup and topped by azuki...

Top ChoiceBeach in Waikiki

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 good for swimming, but it’s shallow at low tide. When...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Waikiki

Musubi Cafe Iyasume

This hole-in-the-wall keeps busy making fresh onigiri (rice balls) stuffed with seaweed, salmon roe and sour plums. Other specialties include salmon-roe rice bowls, Japanese curry and island-style mochiko fried...

Top ChoiceCafe in Waikiki

Barefoot Beach Cafe

Waikiki's best beach cafe is just south of the sand at Queen's Beach. Order at the window and grab a shady table close to the water and tuck into island-accented breakfasts, snacks and lunches. The kitchen shows...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Waikiki

Royal Hawaiian Band

The Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand is the perfect venue for this time-honored troupe that performs classics from the Hawaiian monarchy era. It’s a quintessential island scene that caps off with the audience joining...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Waikiki

Tonkatsu Tamafuji

Katsu, the deep-fried Japanese cooking method that coats meats like pork and chicken in a perfectly crispy exterior made from panko bread crumbs. This bright and cheerful packs in crowds for some of O‘ahu's best....

Top ChoiceFireworks in Waikiki

Hilton Hawaiian Village Fireworks

Every Friday night, the Hilton Hawaiian Village stages a booming 10-minute fireworks show. Although it's done in conjunction with a touristy luau (Hawaiian feast) near one of the pools, the actual show is over...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Waikiki

Marukame Udon

Everybody loves this reconstructed Japanese noodle shop, which is so popular there is often a line stretching down the sidewalk. Watch those thick udon noodles get rolled, cut and boiled fresh right in front of...

Top ChoiceBeach 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 but they are still large enough for bodyboarding, which...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Waikiki

Kuhio Beach Torchlighting & Hula Show

Kuhio Beach Torchlighting & Hula Show

It all begins at the Duke Kahanamoku statue with the sounding of a conch shell and the lighting of torches after sunset. At the nearby hula mound, enjoy a truly authentic Hawaiian music and dance show. This is no...

Top ChoiceLounge in Waikiki

Cuckoo Coconuts

Mismatched wobbly tables under a canopy of canvas and ragged umbrellas, plus a menagerie of aging potted tropical plants, give this bar a carefree, unpretentious vibe. Every night there's a hard-working lineup of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Waikiki

Ars Cafe and Gelato

Avocado toast two cuts above the cliche is but one of the delights at this cafe, which is also a gallery for local artists. Enjoy excellent coffee as mellow, jazzy tunes play gently. Don't miss the ice cream by...

Top ChoiceClothing in Waikiki

Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts

Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts

Unremarkable outside, Bailey’s has the finest aloha-shirt collection on Oʻahu, possibly the world! Racks are crammed with thousands of collector-worthy vintage aloha shirts in every conceivable color and style,...

Top ChoiceGay in Waikiki

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

This friendly, open-air bar is Waikiki’s legendary gay venue and a great place to make new friends, boogie and have a few drinks. Hunker down at the pool table, or gaze at the spectacular vista of Diamond Head....

Top ChoiceCultural in Waikiki

Pan-Pacific Festival

This Asian and Polynesian cultural festival puts on a performing-arts showcase at various venues, including outdoor hula shows at Kuhio Beach Park, a huge hoʻolauleʻa block party and parade along Kalakaua Ave,...

Top ChoiceCultural in Waikiki

Honolulu Pride

Hawaii's largest LGBTIQ event features a huge pride parade that begins on Magic Island in Ala Moana Regional Park and follows Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki to Kapi'olani Regional Park where there is music and a...