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Top Choice Historic 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 was…
Top Choice Statue in Waikiki

Wizard Stones of Kapaemahu

Near the police substation at Waikiki Beach Center, four ordinary-looking boulders are actually the legendary Wizard Stones of Kapaemahu, said to contain the mana (spiritual essence) of four wizards who came to Oʻah…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Waikiki

Rainbow Drive-In

If you only hit one classic Hawaiian plate-lunch joint, make it this one. Wrapped in rainbow-colored neon, this famous drive-in is a throwback to another era. Construction workers, surfers and gangly teens order all…
Top Choice Steak 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 a …
Top Choice Statue 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 for…
Top Choice Bar in Waikiki

Beach Bar

Waikiki's best beach bar is right on an especially lovely stretch of beach. The atmosphere comes from the historic Moana Surfrider hotel and its vast banyan tree. The people-watching of passersby, sunbathers and sur…
Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Waikiki

Roy's Waikiki

This contemporary incarnation of Roy Yamaguchi’s island-born chain is perfect for a flirty date or just celebrating the good life. The ground-breaking chef's signature misoyaki butterfish, blackened ahi (yellowfin t…
Top Choice Desserts 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 beans, …
Top Choice Fireworks 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 special luau ( Hawaiian feast) by one of the pools, the actual show is over the wat…
Top Choice Seafood in Waikiki

Azure

Azure is the signature restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Resort. Seafood fresh from the market, such as Kona abalone, red snapper and ono (white-fleshed mackerel), are all exquisitely prepared island-style. Daily spe…