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Things to do in Waikiki, Honolulu County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“The world famous Waikiki Beach! Lot's of sightseeing! You can rent a surfboard, take lessons, swim, etc! Beautiful water!”
  • 96 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“The most iconic restaurant in Waikiki. If you don't go to Duke's, you didn't go to Hawaii. Try to avoid peak dining times, otherwise you will encounter a long wait.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is one of my absolute favorite places in Waikiki for it's location right on the water. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Unwind with a cocktail on the outdoor patio and watch the surfers while the waves splash up against the rock sea wall just inches from you providing you with a fresh breeze and ocean mist.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Open-air lounge atop a 19-story building featuring happy hour, light bites & a nightclub after 10pm.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The 3.4 square mile neighborhood of Waikiki on the south shore of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Today, it’s a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world who enjoy world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and countless activities! Standing stately at the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline is Diamond Head and the Gold Coast. Near the base of Diamond Head, you’ll find plenty of fun for the whole family at Kapiolani Park with the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. It would be difficult to find a better place to enjoy a beautiful Hawaiian sunset than the beaches of Waikiki – not to mention Friday Night Fireworks, too! Fortunately, most Waikiki vacation rentals are just a couple of blocks from the beach! The island of Oahu has so many points of interest including favorites like Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout and more! ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Classic outdoor mall. Beautiful Banyan tree. Mix of luxury and middle-tier shops and restaurants. Good place to rest your feet!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
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“-Very popular restaurant for Udon noodle soup. Be sure to go early because long lines build up!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“Good mix of high-end retail, lower end souvenirs, and fine-dining and casual restaurants. It also has a food court featuring local favorite cuisine.”
  • 42 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“***The breezy open-air vibe at this eatery creates a welcoming scene for American grub & drinks.***”
  • 43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great local Pacific Rim cuisine. Best deal is the Happy Hour (you get a coupon for a free Mai Tai if you save the receipt and return the next day :)”
  • 33 locals recommend
Gym
“This is a local beach. It also has many walking trails and interesting trees along the park. The water is very calm and flat, good for kids.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Lodging
“Watch fireworks at the Hilton every Friday night about 7pm or 7:30pm after the sun goes down.”
  • 53 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“High end sports bar with a huge menu of American food, and an extensive list of draft beers!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Waikiki: Located inside the Modern Hotel. Have a couple drinks in the lobby bar called the Study before you go dancing.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Go to that place it has good food it’s on Kalākaua Street with good deserts ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Medium size grocery store where you can find things like: food, drinks, fresh fruits, baby food, basic toiletries, wine, etc. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hawaiian Restaurant
“The most iconic restaurant in Waikiki. If you don't go to Duke's, you didn't go to Hawaii. Try to avoid peak dining times, otherwise you will encounter a long wait.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Bar
“This is one of my absolute favorite places in Waikiki for it's location right on the water. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Unwind with a cocktail on the outdoor patio and watch the surfers while the waves splash up against the rock sea wall just inches from you providing you with a fresh breeze and ocean mist.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Lounge
“Open-air lounge atop a 19-story building featuring happy hour, light bites & a nightclub after 10pm.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
“-Very popular restaurant for Udon noodle soup. Be sure to go early because long lines build up!”
  • 66 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“***The breezy open-air vibe at this eatery creates a welcoming scene for American grub & drinks.***”
  • 43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great local Pacific Rim cuisine. Best deal is the Happy Hour (you get a coupon for a free Mai Tai if you save the receipt and return the next day :)”
  • 33 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“High end sports bar with a huge menu of American food, and an extensive list of draft beers!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Go to that place it has good food it’s on Kalākaua Street with good deserts ”
  • 22 locals recommend

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