Early Hawaiians named the 1.5-mile stretch of beachside land Waikiki—or "spouting water"—because it was once a marshland... more » created by mountain-fed streams and gushing spring waters. Despite its swampy sites and smells, the area was still a favorite south shore retreat for Hawaiians who loved its beautiful sand. The beaches are still as stunning. But the marshlands are long gone, much to the delight of visitors who flock here from around the globe.
Whether you’re strolling down the beach or along Kalakaua Avenue, you’ll find Waikiki a wonderland of sights, sounds and fragrant smells. This is a destination that demands exploring on foot since there are just so many delightful, delicious diversions tucked between hotels and even within them. And you can give each as much or little time as you’d like.
Pop in to join a hula lesson. Relax with lunch looking out at the surf. People watch as you stroll along the beach. Window shop and stop for coconut ice cream. While the scene is often bustling, you can discover Waikiki at any pace you desire. less «