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I have been here 5 times since 2011, both on my own and with family. Often we for a day on either end of island hopping. The hub for tourists is Waikiki Beach, and if you have limited time base your stay here. There is the beach, shopping, dining, and assorted entertainment at this strip albeit very touristy and crowded.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

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14 Places

Rock-A-Hula

Performances

US Army Museum of Hawaii

Speciality Museums

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurants

Furusato Japanese Restaurant

Restaurants

California Pizza Kitchen Center of Waikiki

Restaurants

Waikiki Beach

Beaches

Fun Hawaii Travel - Day Tours

Sightseeing Tours

Diamond Head State Monument

Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurants

Cheeseburger Beachwalk

Restaurants

Ruffage Natural Foods

Restaurants

Japengo Steak and Seafood

Restaurants

Ala Moana Center

, Shopping Malls

Sheraton Waikiki

Hotels

PhoebeNJ's City Tips

  • The taxi to the airport is easier and faster: fare is $35 whileas the airport shuttle is around $15 each and you have to be waiting a lot earlier at the hotel to make the shuttle.
  • Compare prices at Ala Moana Center versus Waikiki shops. There are often a marked difference in cost. Ala Moana being more expensive often.
  • The Waikiki Trolley is more expensive at $2 per person and quite crowded. Still fun to try.
  • Get to know the bus routes which can take you around at a really reasonable price. Believe it or not, it is called The Bus.
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    Rock-A-Hula
    Performances
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Vegas style entertainment. Good For a night out with family.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Prebook through Viator
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 34 Concerts & Shows in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rock A Hula Experience Awesome 17/09/2018
    • Great show 11/09/2018
    • Rock-A-Hula
    Address:
    Royal Hawaiian Theater - Royal Hawaiian Center
    2201 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    +1 855-805-7469
    Other:
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    US Army Museum of Hawaii
    Speciality Museums
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Worth it and it is actually free! Easy walking distance from Waikiki Beach

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Donation is appreciated at the end
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hawaii’s military history as part of the United States 24/09/2018
    • INTERESTING HISTORICAL STORIES 24/09/2018
    • US Army Museum of Hawaii
    Address:
    2131 Kalia Rd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-9552
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Best place for shrimp, shopping and breathtaking view of Honolulu

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #279 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious! 23/09/2018
    • Guaranteed quality 22/09/2018
    • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    Address:
    1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
    Suite 3253
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
    Phone:
    +1 808-949-4867
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
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    Furusato Japanese Restaurant
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Handy location on Waikiki beach. Tucked away near the Hyatt.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #155 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 03/09/2018
    • Excellent dinner meal 23/08/2018
    • Furusato Japanese Restaurant
    Address:
    2424 Kalakaua Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3233
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-4991
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    California Pizza Kitchen Center of Waikiki
    Restaurants (Italian, American, Pizza)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Busy and popular with families. Can get quite crowded

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Try to prebook
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #199 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Pizza 14/09/2018
    • Great salads 09/09/2018
    • California Pizza Kitchen Center of Waikiki
    Address:
    2284 Kalakaua Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2584
    Phone:
    +1 808-924-2000
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Waikiki Beach
    Beaches
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Relax or do something. Your choice! A lot of activity here

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowded! 25/09/2018
    • Awesome Waikiki 25/09/2018
    • Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    Kalakaua Avenuue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Other:
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    Fun Hawaii Travel - Day Tours
    Sightseeing Tours
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Amazing day trip for only $35 a person. I found this on TA believe it or not!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared for a tight schedule
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 355 Tours in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hanauma Bay snorkel 12/09/2018
    • Snorkeling @ Hanauma Bay 16/08/2018
    • Fun Hawaii Travel - Day Tours
    Address:
    247 Beach Walk Ste 100
    Waikiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1901
    Phone:
    +1 808-926-8878
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Diamond Head State Monument
    Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Worth the climb but be prepared. Have walking shoes, water, sunblock, and be sun smart.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • There are buses that take you to and from the base
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quaint Hike 25/09/2018
    • Diamond Head - A Challenge For Sure 25/09/2018
    • Diamond Head State Monument
    Address:
    18th Ave.
    Waikiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    +1 808-587-0300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Hard Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Great place to eat and people watch. The food is standard HRC fare.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Worth telling them it is your birthday
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #216 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must to visit 18/09/2018
    • 1st Time Hard Rock Cafe 17/09/2018
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    Address:
    280 Beach Walk
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1931
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-7383
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
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    Cheeseburger Beachwalk
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Simple food but the location is amazing. Right in the heart of Waikiki

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Get a table on the terrace and people watch
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #337 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    • Delicious burgers on the beachwalk 18/09/2018
    • Great place to chill, have a cold beer and enjoy a tasty burger or finger foods. 16/09/2018
    • Cheeseburger Beachwalk
    Address:
    226 Lewers St
    Second Floor
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1941
    Phone:
    +1 808-924-5034
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
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    Ruffage Natural Foods
    Restaurants (Healthy)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Tiny little place with big ideas. Worth a browse and try the range of natiral foods

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Easy to miss.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #191 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    • Great food & smoothies 17/09/2018
    • ORGANIC/ VEGAN! 13/09/2018
    • Ruffage Natural Foods
    Address:
    2442 Kuhio Ave
    Wakiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3335
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-2042
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Japengo Steak and Seafood
    Restaurants (Contemporary, Seafood, Steakhouse)
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Very pricey and the servings are very modest in size

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Eat here if you want to taste food but not get overfull
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #320 of 2,965 restaurants in Oahu
    • Fresh food 28/06/2018
    • Dinner was good but atmosphere is lacking 12/02/2018
    • Japengo Steak and Seafood
    Address:
    2424 Kalakaua Ave
    Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa Ewa Tower 3F
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3233
    Phone:
    +1 808-237-6180
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Ala Moana Center
    , Shopping Malls
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    Tourist shopping mecca. Worth having a look. There's both high end and bargain shops and the major department stores are available here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Taxi back to WaikikI is about $16. Worth it if you bought a lot of stuff.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place for a cloudy or rainy day.... 22/09/2018
    • A number of great stores! 18/09/2018
    • Ala Moana Center
    Address:
    1450 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4604
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-9517
    Other:
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    Sheraton Waikiki
    Hotels
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    PhoebeNJ Says:

    My favourite hotel in Waikiki. Perfect location. Rooms are very small and plain. But then who spends that much time there anyway?

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get ocean view and a higher floor
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 86 Hotels in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Security woke me up at 9am because they HAD to upgrade our TVs 24/09/2018
    • Ad idea if you want a nice pool experience 24/09/2018
    • Sheraton Waikiki
    Address:
    2255 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2579
    Phone:
    (808) 922-4422
    Other:
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