International Market Place
Known for its iconic banyan tree and lush Hawaiian landscaping, the International Market Place will offer unique open-air shopping & dining with a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” in the heart of Waikiki. Its sure to be among Oahus top places to visit, and were just one short block away! Your shopping adventure awaits.
Ala Moana Center
Visitors and locals flock to this indoor/outdoor shopping mall, home to over 290 shops and restaurants. Ala Moana Center is open every day, is close to Waikiki, and the convenient shuttle will take you right there. Within walking distance are popular stores including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Ross.
Ward Village Shops
Check out discount stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx that carry brand name designers for a whole lot less! Ward Center also houses Marukai Market Place with a large selection of groceries, Japanese products, gifts, and prepared food.
Located just a short drive from Waikiki, this fun neighborhood mall offers a wide variety of boutiques, specialty food shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, and flagship stores such as Whole Foods, Apple Store and Ross.
Paina Lanai Food Court
Located in the Royal Hawaiian Center is a large food court with lots of options! Try a steak at Champion’s Steak & Seafood, smoked Hayashi curry at Curry Café, ramen at Ezogiku, or a burger at the local burger shop Mahaloha Burgers. There are other favorites like Maui Tacos, Subways, and Sbarro.
The Cheesecake Factory
Located a short walk from the Aqua Waikiki Pearl is this iconic American sit-down restaurant. Featuring salads, sandwiches, pastas, seafood, and steaks. The menu is large, but save room for dessert: their cheesecake is a must-try!
Diamond Head State Monument
Hawaii’s most iconic landmark is known for its historic hiking trail with stunning views of the Pacific and Oahu’s south coast. The 0.8-mile hike from trailhead to summit offers quite a workout as you gain 560 feet from the crater floor. The trail also offers a glimpse into the crater’s extensive military history.
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world, while also being a protected marine life conservation area. This is the most popular destination for snorkelers to see colorful fish and vibrant coral reefs. Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera!
Surf and SUP Lessons
Hawaii has a unique and extensive surf history and culture. Take part in it by signing up for a lesson right on Waikiki Beach where Duke Kahanamoku modernized the Hawaiian sport. If you’re not into surfing, try your hand at Stand Up Paddling, a great experience for all ages and activity levels.
One of the best ways to see views of the majestic Diamond Head is from a catamaran. A sunset cruise is a great way for couples and groups to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and take in the spectacular scenery of Waikiki.
Want to venture under the sea without getting wet? The Waikiki Aquarium, located on the Waikiki shoreline, gives you a front row view to exotic marine life. The aquarium also has yearly events, like the International Koi Show, Season and the Sea, and Family Night.
Located in nearby lush Manoa Valley, is Manoa Falls trail. A popular hike for families and avid hikers alike, it’s an adventurous way to explore the Hawaiian rainforest and enjoy views of the 150ft waterfall in a tropical setting.
Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park
Located across the street from the Ala Moana Center is a beloved beach park with a manmade peninsula called “Magic Island.” This grassy lawn on the shore is a great spot to have a picnic, take a casual swim, play a game of Frisbee, or watch July 4th fireworks!
Culture and History
Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial
Take a tour of U.S. history when you visit Pearl Harbor, the largest natural harbor in Hawaii and the number one visitor destination on Oahu. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of the politics, people, and events that started World War II. The Aqua Waikiki Pearl will be happy to help you to book your tour.
Located in historic downtown Honolulu is the former official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. Built in 1882, the palace and grounds have a sacred history. Purchase tickets in the Iolani Barracks on the Palace Grounds, or call ahead to make a reservation. Chlidren under 5 are not admitted.
Deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, Waimea Valley is a wonderland of historical sites, cultural activities and native wildlife. From hiking and traditional games to scavenger hunts and storytelling, Waimea Valley offers fun for the entire family.
There is no better place to discover the comprehensive and complex history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is recognized throughout the world for scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections which give voice to the stories of Hawaii and the broader Pacific. The Museum has large lawn spaces that are ideal for picnics.
Polynesian Cultural Center
A day trip to the North Shore isn’t complete without a stop in the city of Laie, where the PCC stands on 12 acres of land that had been previously used to plant taro. You’ll learn about Polynesian cultures through food, activities, storytelling, and entertainment. For an unforgettable cultural experience, perfect for the entire family, purchase tickets in advance.