is the sandy hub of Downtown Honolulu
’s nightlife, shopping and tourism scene—boasting a vast array of places to stay, restaurants for all meals, waves to surf and sites to see. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel like the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
, or searching for a private high-rise condo for the week, you will find it here.
spans two miles of sand and surf, populated by locals and visitors and lined with hotels, from the Hilton Hawaiian Village
to the Kaimana Beach Hotel. At its eastern edge is Diamond Head Crater
is also home to The Duke Statue
, which has been an icon of Hawaii since its dedication in 1990.
At the end of Kalakaua Ave., you’ll find Kapiolani Park
, where many festivals, craft fairs, concerts and events take place almost every weekend. The nearby Ala Moana Center
plays host to Hawaii’s best shopping, and just across the street is a local favorite, Ala Moana Beach Park
. At the east end of Waikiki is the Honolulu Zoo
and Waikiki Aquarium
, fun for the entire family! When you explore the possibilities of Waikiki, you won’t be disappointed!
Before today’s tropical metropolis setting of Waikiki came into existence, the area abounded with fresh water springs, rivers and more. It was nothing like it is today! “Wai” means fresh water, and “kiki” means spring—thus its nickname, “Spouting Fresh Water.”
In 1794, Kamehameha I arrived at Waikiki Beach
from Big Island with a fleet of canoes, ready to claim rule over Oahu—the ensuing became the famous Battle of Nuuanu Pali. In the 19th century, Waikiki served as a vacation retreat for Hawaiian royalty.
The first hotel in Waikiki, the Moana Surfrider Hotel
, opened in 1901. Tourism business started pouring into this wetland district of Oahu, but in 1928 that all changed with the construction of the Ala Wai Canal
, which drained all the fresh water from Waikiki. Sand from California and other locations were imported to Waikiki to create what soon became one of the world’s most visited beaches.
Today Waikiki is the center of Hawaii tourism, and walking along Kalakaua Avenue
experiencing the vibrant nightlife is a "must do' for many!