Not-to-Miss Sites at Waikiki


Waikiki is a beautiful waterfront neighborhood in Honolulu. Nestled on the South Shore of Oahu, it is famous for its white sand beaches, shopping, and tourist attractions. If you’re visiting Oahu for any amount of time, make sure that you take a short trip over to the island’s South Shore to visit this incredible hub of activity. Here is just a small taste of the things you can do and the places you could visit when you travel to Waikiki.

Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous Hawaiian attractions and is known for its challenging surfing and beautiful white beaches. When you visit Waikiki, the beach fronts are the first place to see. There is public beach access available where you and your family and friends can dip into the warm ocean water. Though Waikiki used to be a place flowing with freshwater springs and rivers, the construction of the Ala Wai Canal in the late 1920s changed all of that. In order to create the beaches that are so famous to surfers and vacationers today, sand was imported from California and elsewhere to create beautiful beach fronts.

More Waikiki shows and entertainment that shouldn’t be missed is a show at the Waikiki Shell. These Hawaiian concerts are held at Kapiolani Park, the oldest public park in Hawaii. The Shell has been the setting for acts such as The Beatles, Jimmy Buffet, and The Eagles, and it is ideally designed for an exceptional concert experience. As a spectator, you can choose your favorite seating: on the more than 1500 stadium chairs, in the lush, green grass, or near the front pool area. Probably most famously, this venue was also home to the Kodak Hula Show which began in 1937 but was discontinued in the fall of 2002. If you have some more time to explore Kaiolani Park, you may want to visit the Honolulu Zoo, which is also on the grounds of Hawaii’s largest park. There are soccer fields, baseball fields, and an archery range to enjoy, as well. 

Waikiki’s largest development project to date, the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Walk, has now been open for business for five years and is another place you won’t want to miss! The Outrigger Waikiki Beach Walk is quickly becoming the epicenter of Honolulu’s nightlife, featuring gourmet restaurants, beautiful boutique shopping, and incredible hotels. From the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Walk, you can also see the amazing fireworks display over Waikiki Beach which takes place every Friday night.

On a number of inter-island tours with Discover Hawaii Tours, you’ll be able to make a short stop at Waikiki beach. This is a great time to dig your toes into the warm, white sand, check out some of Hawaii’s best shopping along the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Walk, or just relax at Kapiolani Park. 

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