11 Of The Best Things To Do In Waikiki!

11 Of The Best Things To Do In Waikiki!

On an island in the sun, we’ll be playin’ and havin’ fun.

By Gracie Clough | 2nd April 2019

Dreaming of a luxurious island escape? Well, incase you missed it; a tropical trip of a lifetime is right at your fingertips. Style has teamed up with Hawaiian Airlines to gift one lucky reader the chance to jet set off to Hawaii’s glorious Waikiki Beach, where you’ll stay and play for four deluxe nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village! With its unbelievable beach landscape, turquoise waters, and rich history, Hawaii is a vibrant destination that should be at the top of your bucket list.

Nestled in the south shore of Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, Waikiki Beach is easily one of the world’s most famous beaches, and a true tropical haven. Whether you want to relax around the iconic beach, shop ‘til you drop, immerse yourself in culture, or seek the thrill of adventure, Waikiki has something to offer everyone.

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So, it’s time to throw your swimmers into your suitcase and get ready to say aloha because we’ve rounded up 11 of the best things to see and do around Waikiki. Have your pen and notepad at the ready!

Hike At Diamond Head State Monument

Soak up the stunning views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean from Diamond Head State Monument. As one of Hawaii’s most iconic landmarks, the 300,000-year-old volcano crater offers hikers breathtaking views that are so good the US military once camped there to prevent attacks against Honolulu during the World War II. Hiking the trail takes around 45 minutes and is available for use from 6am to 6pm daily every day of the year, even during holidays.

 

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Relax Along Waikiki Beach

A trip to Waikiki wouldn’t be complete without some lounging or surfing at one of Waikiki’s stunning beaches. Make sure that Kahanamoku Beach, which is found directly opposite the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Waikiki’s most famous beach, Royal Hawaiian Beach are at the top of your list.

 

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The Moana Surfrider Hotel

Before she was a Disney character, Moana was Waikiki’s first hotel! Opening in 1901, Moana, with its stunning Art Deco décor, has made it to the National Register of Historic Places. You can go on a guided tour of Moana for free on Mondays and Wednesdays, and trust us when we say you don’t want to miss out on hearing all about the hotel’s colourful history.

 

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Royal Hawaiian Centre

For the shop-a-holics, a visit to the Royal Hawaiian Centre, found in the heart of Waikiki, is a must. This beautiful outdoor shopping centre is home to over 110 of the world’s best brands like Fendi, Harry Winston, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few. If you are feeling peckish after a big day of shopping, there are plenty of delicious dining options available to curb your cravings.

 

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Iolani Palace

Did you know Hawaii once housed royalty? Back in 1882, Hawaii’s last king, King Kalakaua built Iolani Palace. To this day, Iolani Palace still remains the USA’s only royal palace in existence. With grand rooms such as Grand Hall, Throne Room, Imprisonment Room, King’s Room and Music Room, the palace promises to leave you in awe. At Iolani Palace you can embark on a self-guided tour, but we suggest locking in a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on any key historical information.

 

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Hula Show at Kuhio Beach

If you are searching for an authentic Hawaiian experience, look no further than a hula and music show at Kuhio Beach. Held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, these iconic shows are free to attend and are guaranteed to get your body moving!

 

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Kalakaua Avenue

Still craving more shopping? Hit up Kalakaua Avenue! With an extensive range of high-end boutique stores like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, plus traditional Hawaiian clothing and souvenir stores, there’s bound to be something that tickles every shopper’s fancy.

Kapiolani Park and Queen Kapiolani Gardens

In honour of his wife, King Kalakaua originally donated this glorious park in 1876. Kapiolani Park is the perfect place to relax in the peace and quiet, so why not take a stroll around and admire a stunning array of Hawaiian flowers? These days, you’ll even find the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium at the park alongside a jogging track, soccer field, tennis courts and other fun filled attractions.

 

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Atlantis Submarine Tours

For the times when you want to explore the deep blue while staying dry, head out on an Atlantis Submarine Tour. On this eco-friendly tour, you will be able to check out all that the Hawaiian marine life has to offer, and if you’re lucky you might even spot stunning green turtles, tropical fish and some sharks!

 

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Play golf on an iconic course

Channel your inner Happy Gilmore and swing at one of the world’s most picturesque golf courses like a pro! With lush rolling hills, palm trees and the most exquisite ocean outlook, playing on a Hawaiian golf course is an experience like no other. You’ll find golf courses all across Hawaii, but the closest ones to Waikiki Beach are in Oahu at Turtle Bay Resort, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club and Ko Olina Golf Club just to name a few. P.S. Royal Hawaiian Golf Club is known to be so green and lush that its nickname is “Jurassic Park”! Oh, and it’s only a 20 minute walk from Waikiki.

 

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International Market Place

Just because we can’t get enough shopping, we had to mention another famous Waikiki shopping precinct you must visit on your travels. International Market Place is an open-air shopping centre that showcases over 100 high street and high-end stores. Featuring stunning water features, an array of tropical plants, and events and activities like Lei-making to keep you entertained well after you’ve bought out the stores, there’s plenty to see and do at International Market Place!

 

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USS Arizona Memorial

As much as we love Hawaii for its beautiful weather and beaches, it’s also important to acknowledge the solemn moments in history. The USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu marks the final resting place of the Marines and sailors who were killed during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The monument is currently undergoing repairs, which are expected to continue throughout the US summer this year, however it will hopefully reopen by the beginning of December.

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Article by Gracie Clough

Gracie is a Journalist and beauty-devotee who drinks her weight in tea daily. She appreciates the colour peach, minimalism and spends too much time talking about anything to do with beauty. When she isn’t watching Harry Potter (for the one millionth time), she is lurking photos of baby German Shepherds or choosing a new shade of nude lipstick to purchase.