Things to Do in Waikiki
Think Waikiki is your typical run-of-the-mill Hawaiian beach? Think again. Aside from the usual Waikiki activities of swimming, surfing and getting a gorgeous tan, you can also:
Take a Hike on Diamond Head
Also known as Leahi (Hawaiian for “brow of the tuna”), Diamond Head is a 760-foot tuff crater and is among Hawaii’s most well-known landmarks. It was named “Diamond Head” because 19th century British sailors thought the crater’s slopes were encrusted with diamonds, which turned out to be calcite crystals with no monetary value.
If you make it to the top, you can snap bird’s eye view pictures of Waikiki and show them off to your family and friends. The best time to hike is 6 AM, since you don’t have to deal with the burning heat and tight crowds.
Visit the Honolulu ZooVisit the Honolulu Zoo
In case hiking isn’t your cup of tea, there are other Waikiki activities that are safer and more family-friendly, such as a trip to the Honolulu Zoo. The 17-hectare zoo is on the east end of Waikiki near Kapiolani Park, and contains animals like monkeys, bears, African elephants, and birds-of-paradise. It holds the distinction of being the only zoo in the United States to spring from a King’s grant of royal lands for public use.
Have Your Picture Taken With the Duke
Ever dreamed of having your picture taken with a celebrity? Stand near the statue of Duke Kahanamoku on the ocean side of Kalakaua Avenue and have someone else take a snapshot. Okay, so Duke Kahanamoku isn’t exactly a living, breathing person right now, but he was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming during his lifetime.
Explore the KCC (Kapiolani Community College) Farmer’s Market
If you’re craving fresh and budget-friendly local produce, then the market near Kapiolani Community College is the place to visit. The market is open from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesdays, and 7:30 to 11 am on Saturdays. Don’t forget to reward yourself with local food from the market after a long day. You deserve it!
Browse Through the International Market Place
Clothes at bargain prices, souvenirs, photo opportunities—you name it, the International Market Place has it. Here, you can also watch traditional festivals, as well as get a glimpse of local history.
Talk a Walk in Kapiolani Park
Great Waikiki activities don’t have to be out-of-this-world. Whether you want to take your family out for a picnic, or you just want to stretch your legs and walk, Kapiolani Park is where it’s at. See ocean life at the Waikiki Aquarium, watch concerts at the Waikiki Shell, or go back in time through the enigmatic Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial. If you have a sports-oriented family, then you’re in luck: Kapiolani Park has tennis courts, basketball courts and even archery fields!
Ride a Sunset Cruise
Can’t get enough of sunset views? Ride one of the catamarans on Waikiki Beach, and go on a 1.5-2 hour cruise to watch the sun sink into the horizon and signal the end of a day. There’s also the day cruise option, though taking the sunset cruise gives you a more magical experience.
Catch the Friday Fireworks
What better way to cap off your week than watching the skies literally light up on a Friday night in the comfort of your vacation rental?
To book your trip and enjoy these Waikiki activities, contact Captain Cook Resorts today. With our help, your Hawaii trip will be an exciting and unforgettable one!