International Market Place
Known for its iconic banyan tree and lush Hawaiian landscaping, the International Market Place will offer unique open-air shopping & dining with a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” in the heart of Waikiki. Its sure to be among Oahus top places to visit, and were just one short block away! Your shopping adventure awaits.
Ala Moana Center
Visitors and locals flock to this indoor/outdoor shopping mall, home to over 290 shops and restaurants. Ala Moana Center is open every day, is close to Waikiki, and the convenient shuttle will take you right there. Within walking distance are popular stores including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Ross.
Royal Hawaiian Center
Some of Hawaii’s best shopping is just steps from your hotel lobby! The Royal Hawaiian Center, comprised of 310,000 square feet of trendy shops and restaurants, is situated on Kalakaua Avenue. Take a stroll further down the street and you’ll find Luxury Row, which houses all of your favorite exclusive boutiques.
Ward Village Shops
Check out discount stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx that carry brand name designers for a whole lot less! Ward Center also houses Marukai Market Place with a large selection of groceries, Japanese products, gifts, and prepared food.
Located just a short drive from Waikiki, this fun neighborhood mall offers a wide variety of boutiques, specialty food shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, and flagship stores such as Whole Foods, Apple Store and Ross.
Culture and History
Honolulu Museum of Art
Want to catch an artsy film, new exhibit, or take an art class? The Honolulu Museum of Art is more than just a museum. They are dedicated to the ethnically diverse arts community in Hawaii, offering visual arts, arts education, performing arts, films and videos, and public programs that focus on the museum’s unique location in the Pacific.
With magnificent Diamond Head as a backdrop, the Waikiki Shell is a unique venue for outdoor concerts and events conveniently located just outside of Waikiki. This magnificent shell-shaped facility features an acoustically sophisticated stage and is ideal location for twilight concerts.
Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial
Book a tour to Oahu’s most popular attraction. From Pearl Harbor, you’ll board a ferry which will take you to the USS Arizona Memorial, a Pacific National Monument. The tour tells the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan.
Before statehood, the Iolani Palace was the official home of Hawaiian royalty. Built in 1882 and located in the art and business district of Honolulu, this National Historic Landmark features immaculate grounds perfect for afternoon picnics. Purchase tickets for a guided tour and see what’s inside the palace walls. Children under 5 are not admitted.
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is known for providing visitors with a broad and multifaceted view of the history, arts, and culture of the Native Hawaiian people. The museum, founded in 1889, is the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, offering exhibitions, a planetarium, and an expansive lawn that’s ideal for picnics.
Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center, or known simply as the PCC, offers a variety of shows and events throughout this cultural village. Located in Laie, a beautiful country town situated on the North Shore, the PCC teaches while entertaining. Learn about Polynesian cultures through song, dance, food, and the popular evening show,Ha, Breath of Life.
Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head is known for its historic hiking trail with stunning views of the Pacific and Oahu’s south coast. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to summit offers quite a workout as you gain 560 feet from the crater floor. The trail also offers a glimpse into the crater’s extensive military history.
Things look different, perhaps even more beautiful, from the ocean. Gain a new perspective on Waikiki offshore from the deep blue waters of the Pacific. Catamaran cruises are fun for the whole family, offering food and drinks, views of inspiring Diamond Head, and extraordinary pink and orange sunset hues.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Known for its famous Garden Maze, the Dole Plantation is much more than rows of pineapples. Here you’ll board a train and learn about the interesting history of this fruit in Hawaii. Don’t forget to indulge in DoleWhip ice cream after lunch at Plantation Grille. Located on the way to Hawaii’s famed North Shore.
Nestled on Oahu’s famous North Shore, Waimea Valley offers a fun and educational glimpse into life in ancient Hawaii. While the park is known particularly for its gorgeous 45-foot waterfall, you can also spend the day enjoying hiking trails, scavenger hunts, traditional games, storytelling, and much more!
Surf and SUP Lessons
Duke Kahanamoku famously modernized the Hawaiian sport of surfing. You can even see his statue in Waikiki Beach, usually adorned with leis. Try to catch your own waves by taking a surf lesson, or, if you’d rather glide on a board, try stand up paddling, known as SUP, which relies on the boarder’s ability to balance.
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay is a picturesque nature preserve dedicated to conservation, but also to educating visitors about the ocean. Located on the eastern side of the island, Hanauma Bay offers world-renowned snorkeling. You’ll capture unique marine life after a short video that will show you what you can expect to see, and how to responsibly enjoy the water. Don’t forget your underwater camera!
Calling all animals lovers! Honolulu isn’t just clear water and sandy beaches. Check out the 902 animals that call the Honolulu Zoo home. With over 42 acres to explore, the zoo offers both animal and plant exhibits, a café, and educational programs. Your whole family will love the wild side of Waikiki.
Ever wonder what lurks beneath the sea? Check out the mysterious marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, located right on Waikiki beach. Glowing jellyfish, vibrant fish, and intricate corals are just some of the beautiful displays you’ll find inside while at the aquarium.
Hawaiian royalty used to watch horse races at this park, located at the quiet corner of Waikiki near the Honolulu Zoo. These days, people love this park because it’s a fantastic place for morning yoga, an afternoon picnic, or a starlit evening run. People also love to take their dogs for walks along the perimeter of the park.
Sea Life Park
Set against the ocean and mountain vistas on the eastern shore of Oahu is Sea Life Park, a great activity for all ages! Visit the new Hawaiian Shark Tank, a 300,000-gallon aquarium, or swim with the dolphins, feed the sea lions and sea turtles, and check out the seabird sanctuary. Complete the day with a visit to the gift shop and lunch at the Sea Lion Café.
Take an amazing tractor-pulled wagon ride through one of Oahu’s most delicious and lovely farms in the country town of Kahuku. You’ll learn about the history, people, and crops of this special place on the North Shore. Stop at the farm café for goodies like lilikoi butter, fresh papayas, and their popular “farm pizza.”