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Culture, History and Creatures on Waikiki Beach

Stroll the world-famous beach or the adjacent Kalakaua Avenue
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Early Hawaiians named the 1.5-mile stretch of beachside land Waikiki—or "spouting water"—because it was once a marshland created by... more »

Tips:  Slather on the sunscreen, don your flip-flops and board shorts, grab a water bottle and be flexible with your schedule! There's just... more »

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Points of Interest

Situated adjacent to the Hale Koa Hotel on Fort DeRussy Beach toward the Hilton Hawaiian Village end of Waikiki, this tribute to military history is a natural starting point for your itinerary.

At the U.S. Army Museum Hawaii, the largest artifact is the building itself. The museum is housed in Battery Randolph, a massive reinforced concrete... More

If you head on toward Diamond Head and take a left off Kalia Road at Lewers Street, you'll pass the colorful Waikiki Beach Walk on your left. At Kalakaua Avenue you'll find Royal Hawaiian Center on your right.

Sure, there are more than 100 shops and eateries to rev up every taste. But you'll also experience something more through a bevy of... More

3. Duke Kahanamoku Statue

He's the most famous name in surfing--an Olympic champion, Hollywood actor and Hawaiian folk hero. He's also remembered for his grace in the water, his good humor and his sportsmanship. The "Duke," as Kahanamoku is called, is revered throughout Hawaii. But as you're heading toward Diamond Head along the ocean side of Kalakaua Avenue past the... More

Heading toward Diamond Head, the right side of Kalakaua Avenue is all surf and sand. Across the street you'll find hotels, shops and eateries like Cheeseburger in Paradise. Named after a mega-memorable Jimmy Buffet tune, the pub-style burger haven operates with a motto of "Cheeseburgers, mai tais and rock and roll." So it's fun to sink your teeth ... More

Another top spot lies just beyond at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Looking out toward Waikiki Beach from its second-floor perch in the hotel, Tiki's Bar & Grill is hard to top for fun, casual fare with a tropical tiki-flair. If you're into finger foods, you're covered with favorites such as grilled ribs, kalua pig nachos, calamari katsu and... More

Depending on how much time you have and what your interests are, you have a pair of Waikiki hot-ticket attractions geared to families and nature lovers: the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium.

When you cross the street at Kapahulu, the Honolulu Zoo is impossible to miss on your left.

Home to so much more than just lions, tigers and bears, the... More

If you're more into aquatics, just cross Kalakaua Avenue to the ocean side of the street and you're set. Have you ever looked into the eye of a zebra shark or watched an octopus open a jar? Or are you hankering to meet the real-life versions of Dori and Nemo (Disney's "Finding Nemo")?

Located next to a living coral reef, the Waikiki Aquarium... More