Waikiki Vacation Guide

Explore Our Paradise Playground

Take advantage of the endless things to do in Waikiki, a world-famous neighborhood for locals and visitors alike. From shopping, dining, entertainment and activities on Kalakaua Avenue to white sandy beaches and gentle waters at Waikiki Beach, there are so many attractions to explore just moments from the hotel. For more information about the area visit our Activities desk, located in the hotel lobby or book your Activities online to reserve your space now.

Diamond Head (1.6 miles)

Diamond Head State Monument, known locally as Leahi, is one of the most iconic Honolulu attractions. Diamond Head is a giant crater formed about 150,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. The crater’s steep edges form a rim that sits above Honolulu, offering scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, the city of Honolulu and the neighborhood of Waikiki. Guests can reach the edge of the crater’s rim by walking a hiking trail that takes twenty minutes or less to traverse. Make sure to visit Diamond Head during your Waikiki vacation.

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii (0.5 mile)

The Hawaii Army Museum boasts a slew of historical exhibits, an extensive collection of artifacts and a picturesque oceanside location. One of the best Honolulu attractions, the museum sits in Fort DeRussy Park, a half mile west of the Waikiki Resort and wedged between the ocean and Waikiki’s bustling downtown area. Current exhibits include displays on The Vietnam War, Battery Randolph, Army aviation, defending Hawaii, and Camp McKinley. Admission to the museum is free and audio tours are available for $5.

Honolulu Zoo (0.2 miles)

A must-see attraction on your Waikiki vacation, the Honolulu Zoo, home to more than 1,200 animals, is located within walking distance of Waikiki Resort. Exhibits on the 42-acre plot include Birds, Reptiles, African Savanna, the Keiki Zoo, Primates and a playground. The zoo is open every day of the year aside from Christmas, and admission costs $12 for visiting adults, $3 for children and is free for kids aged 3 or younger.

Fort DeRussy Beach Park (0.5 mile)

Fort DeRussy Beach Park offers a true Waikiki beach experience just blocks from your hotel. Fort DeRussy Park not only contains the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii and is technically run by the military; it includes one of Waikiki’s best beaches. The wide strip of white sand can be used for volleyball or barbeques, while the shallow water is made for snorkeling.

Ala Wai Golf Course (0.2 mile)

Located just across a small canal from Waikiki, the Ala Wai golf course is a more approachable alternative to the high-level private Waialae Country Club, which hosts PGA Tour events. Ala Wai is a public course, meaning green fees are manageable. Holding the distinction of being the busiest course in the United States, reservations are a challenge but the course welcomes stand-by players. The Par-70 golf course offers palm tree-lined fairways in the middle of Honolulu.

Waikiki Aquarium (0.3 miles)

The third-oldest aquarium in the U.S. attracts an average of 350,000 visitors per year. Located on beachfront real estate in Sans Souci State Recreational Park, the Waikiki Aquarium holds more than 3,500 marine animals in its five indoor galleries and four outdoor exhibits. General admission costs $9, while kids can get in for $4 or less, depending on their ages. Explore one of the best Waikiki attractions at this renowned aquarium.

Kapiolani Park (0.2 miles)

East end of Waikiki bordered by Kalakaua Avenue, Monsarrat Avenue and Paki Avenue, Kapiolani Park is not only home to tennis courts, soccer fields and a jogging path – the park hosts free concerts every Sunday along with Sunday Art Shows. The wide open spaces of the century-old park are next to the Honolulu Zoo and the Pacific shoreline. As with most of the Waikiki attractions in the region, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy Kapiolani Park. It sits just south of Waikiki’s main area and at the foot of Diamond Head Crater.

Aloha Stadium (13.5 miles)

The home of the University of Hawaii Warriors football program and the NFL Pro Bowl is located just west of downtown Honolulu and a 20 minute drive away from our Waikiki hotel. The usually successful University of Hawaii football team plays six to eight home games each fall and the NFL plans to host its Pro Bowl in January 2012. Major musical artists also hold concerts at the stadium from time to time.

Waikiki Shopping Plaza (0.3 miles)

The Waikiki Shopping Plaza is a full-service mall with five floors of restaurants, shops and entertainment. Featured stores include Sephora, Guess, and Hana Golf. The Waikiki Shopping Plaza is set back from the Pacific Ocean by only a block or two, giving you access to the best stores the region has to offer in a scenic oceanside setting. The building is LEED-certified, meaning it meets specific environmental standards.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue (0.1 miles)

A statue of one of Hawaii’s most treasured historical residents stands on Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, just a one block from the Waikiki Resort Hotel. Duke Kahanamoku, who lived from 1890 to 1968, is considered a Hawaiian hero for his contributions to watersports, most notably swimming and surfing. The Duke is considered the “father of modern surfing,” and was at one point elected Sheriff and official greeter of Honolulu. A bronze statue of Kahanamoku stands on Kuhio Beach to honor his influence on the area.