Outdoor seating at the Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach.

The Best of Waikiki Nightlife

Waikiki nightlife is wonderfully varied—you’ll find bars and clubs, fine dining and live music, ultra-casual hangouts and high-class venues, so no matter your mood, there’s always somewhere to go. Many of these locations are popular with visitors and locals alike.

Traditional dishes can be found at Odoriko. Photo © David Recordon, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Waikiki’s Asian Restaurants

Waikiki’s Asian restaurants feature a variety of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisines for a range of budgets and dining styles from casual to elegant. You’ll also find a nice selection of truly traditional dishes.

Luxury brand storefronts on Kalakaua avenue in Waikiki.

Shopping in Waikiki

As a major beachfront neighborhood, shopping in Waikiki runs the gamut from high-end luxury items and galleries featuring local artists to aloha gear and quaint souvenir shops. These are the best locations to scratch your shopping itch, and even if you’ve got a budget to stick to, most are still well-worth a leisurely browse for fun.

View of the ocean stretching to the horizon as seen from Diamond Head summit on Oahu.

Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching in Waikiki

If you know where to go, biking around Waikiki can be a great alternative to searching out parking. There’s also one truly excellent bird-watching spot, and you won’t need a pair of hiking boots during your stay even if you do plan on trekking the two trails on offer.

View from a highrise of the Pacific ocean and the crescent of Waikiki beach.

Beaches in Waikiki

Waikiki’s narrow beaches are generally packed for most of the day. Author Kevin Whitton gives an overview of the area’s beaches, including when to go and where to park.

View of the ocean stretching to the horizon with the ocean floor visible through emerald water.

A Day at Diamond Head

Today, the profile of Diamond Head as seen from Waikiki has become an iconic image, but there’s more to do at this natural wonder than just take a picture for posterity’s sake. Author Kevin Whitton shares some great ways to explore Diamond Head.

View from high up with the beach visible and the ocean stretching to the horizon.

Finding a Vacation Rental in Waikiki

A vacation rental is like a home away from home. When researching rentals, start with a locale in mind and then search the properties in that area. Kevin Whitton gets you started on the hunt for the perfect stay in Waikiki.