While there are many things to do on Oahu there are many Waikiki attractions to see and do. It's convenient if you're staying there and the people watching is great if nothing else. Throw in the beaches and gentle surf with Diamond Head to the east and great sunsets to the west and you've got a winner.
Honolulu Zoo-Located at the edge of Kapiolani park the Honolulu Zoo is a good place to take children or to relax for an afternoon. As far as the world's zoos it ranks as okay but the tropical bird exhibit is quite good. If you like to jog you might spot a zebra or giraffe while running by. Holler monkeys can also be heard throughout the day so if you're wondering what that noise is from your hotel room across the street that's them.
Waikiki Aquarium-Nestled oceanfront in the heart of Kapiolani park at the edge of the gold coast is the Waikiki Aquarium. Go there and learn about marine life that is native to the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific region. There is even a monk seal in residence.
International Marketplace -Centrally located in Waikiki this is a cute little place to get souvenirs and buy jewelry such as natural stones and silver. It is mostly filled with kiosks selling wares of this type. Learn more about Waikiki shopping options here.
Waikiki Beach-The world famous Waikiki beach stretches throughout all of Waikiki running from the Hilton Hawaiian Village at one end to the Honolulu Zoo at the other. World famous resorts such as the pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel, outrigger catamarans and beachboys teaching surf lessons line the beach.
Duke Kahanamoku statue-Lots of people like to take a picture in front of this statue down by the police station across from the Hyatt Regency hotel. Duke Kahanamoku was a famous Hawaiian waterman known for his surfing and winning the Olympics in swimming events. Multiple leis adorn him and there is a waterfall feature nearby.
Kalakaua Avenue-Anything and everything can be seen walking up and down the main drag in Waikiki. There are guys with parrots on their shoulders hustling for photo ops, "living statue" guys who paint themselves completely in gold or silver and artisans sitting on the sidewalk selling their crafts. Homeless and wealthy converge and pass one another. The world's most expensive stores, little hole in the wall souvenir shops and tons of ABC stores.
Duke's Restaurant-Named after famed Hawaiian surfer and waterman Duke Kahanamoku this oceanfront restaurant in the Outrigger Waikiki hotel has been a mainstay for years. Get the Hula pie desser (huge) and enjoy the ambience. Is it touristy? Yes. Is the food good? Yes, however it's a "classic" place to eat and they have nightly entertainment.
Fireworks on Friday Nights-Every Friday night at approximately 7:45 pm for 5 minutes there are fireworks on the beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel. It is the conclusion to a Polynesian revue type of dance show that they perform around the pool there. You don't have to be directly in front of the hotel to see it as it can be seen from miles away.
Take a trolley to check out all of these Waikiki attractions. It's only $2 on the pink line and runs every 10-15 minutes until late evening.
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