Outdoor seating at the Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach.

The Best of Waikiki Nightlife

Wakiki’s nightlife ranges from ultra-casual hangouts to high-class venues, so no matter your mood, there’s somewhere to go. Here’s a roundup of the best.

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

Waikiki’s Asian Restaurants

Here are the best Japanese, Chinese, and Thai restaurants in Waikiki, their locations, hours, atmosphere, plus what you’ll find on the menu & specialties.

Luxury brand storefronts on Kalakaua avenue in Waikiki.

Shopping in Waikiki

Shopping in Waikiki focuses on high-end retailers, but with 100+ other shops & galleries, there’s lots to choose from. Here’s where to browse & buy.

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.