Waikiki is a little beach town that is the perfect place to stay while in Oahu. There is so much to do in such a small area.

Kuhio Beach

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This is the main beach in Waikiki, and has a lot of areas of interest along its shores.  A few piers including the Waikiki Wall that’s great for picture taking and maybe see a fish or two.  The EastSide boardwalk is a not so busy area to chill out and take in the beach.  This beach is popular and convenient if you stay in Waikiki, but dont let this be the ONLY beach you go to.  Lanikai, Kailua,& Waimea are Oahus top beaches.

Free Hawaiian Shows

There are many Free shows in Waikiki all within walking distance.  The trick is finding them and knowing what time they start.  Problem solved.  Download this schedule and either “Save Location” on the right or go to MyOahuPlaces.com/Lists/Schedule from your PHONE to be navigated to the shows.
Royal Hawaiian Mall Shows
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When:  Check Website for Days and Times

My Notes:  Royal Hawaiian Center is a nice mall and at the Royal Grove there are always a variety of acts going on.  This is a bit hidden so use my map.
Kuhio Beach Hula Show
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My Notes: Its free, it literally right on the beach, a great show.  Interestingly enough this took me about 5 years to stumble upon.
International Market Place Shows
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My Notes:  I know its free, and another one to add to the variety of free shows.

Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

My Notes:   Also called Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach, shallow, sheltered beach for families

Farmers Markets in Waikiki

There are many Farmers Markets in the Oahu, full of fresh fruit, yummy Hawaiian breads, and sometimes Hawaiian dishes.  The Swap meet also has market food too but more spread out.  Download this schedule and either “Save Location” below or go to MyOahuPlaces.com/Lists/Schedule from your PHONE to be navigated to the Markets.
Waikiki Hyatt Regency’s Farmer’s Market  Save Location  Website Here
When: 4-8pm Tuesday and Thursdays
Farmers Market at The Beack Walk  Save Location   Website Here
A farmers market Every Thursdays 4 – 8 PM
Waikiki AREA KCC Farmers Market  Save Location  Website Here
When: Saturday Morning – 7:30 – 11:00 am Tuesday Night – 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Kapiolani Community College’s Farmers Market is one of the Big ones, about a mile and a half from WAIKIKI by Diamond Head.  
Waikiki AREA Ala Moana Mall Farmers Market  Save Location  Website Here
When: Every Sunday, 9 am–12 pm
Located at the Ala Moana Mall Level 2, fronting Genki Sushi.  About a mile from Waikiki.
Waikiki AREA China Town Farmers Market  Save Location
When: Mondays to Saturdays, 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Located in the heart of China Town at Kekaulike St. between N. King St. and N. Hotel Street.

Friday Night Fireworks

When:  7:45pm sharp every Friday night. Presented by the Hilton Hawaiian Village. 
You must be at least this far west as the map or a large hotel will block your view.  Download the schedule of all Free shows and markets HERE.  Also Glass Bottom BoatsMaita’i Catamaran, Manu Kai, and Holokai Catamaran offer a view from the ocean for $50.  There are also 3 HUGE Fireworks shows annually on new years eve, June 4th, and July 4th. Ask any Waikiki ABC store for the start time.

3-D Light Show

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When\Where:  Sheraton Waikiki in the pool area 8 & 9 nightly 
Interesting outside light show right off the beach.  Download the schedule of all free shows HERE.

Infinity Pool

Really nice place to chill and take in Waikiki, but they have a pool sheriff on the weekend.  So go during the weekdays or after 5 on the weekend.  They also have a nice pool bar that will serve you while in the pool.  Part of the Sheraton Waikiki

Beach Boardwalk

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My Notes:  Not many visitors know about this walk it is the beach side of Waikiki. Lots of bars, pools, and food along the way. It ends at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Kalakowa Avenue

This is in the heart of Waikiki, there are tons of hotels, shops, resturants, and bars.  There are a variety of street performers along the street at night and tons of tourists walking at all times.  So bring your camera and a few dollars and be prepared to be entertained.  Main Drag to walk

Dukes Marketplace

These shops are a bit hidden, but nice if you cant go to the swap meet this is the next best thing.  At the swap meet you will see the same items for sale but ALOT cheaper.  Check out my “Top10” tab for more information on the swap meet

Catamarans & Boat Fun

The perfect opportunity to take a scenic sail around the Waikiki area.  All these catamarans are literally on the beach in Waikiki (unless noted otherwise).  Each company has variations of packages like Friday night fireworks sails, and dinner sails, and wildlife sails.  There are plenty of turtles to see in turtle canyon and Waikiki even has a submarine tour off its shores.  Also in November through April is the time to see the migrating humpback whales in full force.  I have listed the day trip price and duration & (BR) for Bathrooms below.
Kepoikai II Catamaran  kepoikai.com  (BR) $25 for 1 hour.
Mana Kai waikikisailing.com $25-$35 for 1 hour. (NO BR) 8/31
Holokai Catamaran  sailholokai.com $35 for 90 minutes. Snorkel Turtle Canyon.
Manu Kai  snorkelmanukai.com $35 for 90 minutes. (BR) Free Sodas. Snorkel Turtle Canyon.
Maitai Catamaran   maitaicatamaran.net  $40 for 90 minutes.  (BR)
Na Hoku 2 Catamaran  nahoku2.com $40 for 90 minutes.
Makani Catamaran  sailmakani.com $100 for 2 hours. (No BR) Snorkel Turtle Canyon.
Waikiki Submarine tours atlantisadventures.com  $105 for 1.75 hours
Glass Bottom boat Website Here  $35 for 90 minutes. (BR)(close to Waikiki)
Pirate Ship Adventures 90 minutes $42 Groupon (BR)(close to Waikiki)

Dukes Statue

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My Notes:  If youre in Waikiki you have to throw a liea on the Duke Kahanamoku statue.  Its a tradition and will bring you good luck.  Its located at the center of he Waikiki beach area, a place you got to go for the beach.

Other Waikiki Area Interests

Waikiki International Market Place is a ritzy shopping ,Mall
Waikiki Royal Hawaiian Center is another mall off of Kalakowa Avenue
Waikiki Beach walk is a open shopping & restaurant area
Waikiki Trolley has 4 waikiki area tours
Full Service Waikiki Post office
Waikiki UPS Store Great for printing, or having things shipped to
Waikiki Urgent Care Kuhio Walk In Medical Clinic
Waikiki AREA Target. Waikiki AREA Planet Fitness
Waikiki AREA Walmart  Waikiki AREA Safeway
Ala Moana Mall, Biggest outdoor mall in the world close to Waikiki

And keep in mind you can download all the places mentioned on this page and on this site here, like a Vacation Checklist.

Waikiki Area Restaurants and Bars

Teddys Bigger, Burgers

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The best big greasy burger, and garlic cheese fries on the island.  If thats your thing you will love this place.  There are many locations on Oahu, go to their website for more locations.

Cinnamons Restaurant Waikiki

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This restaurant needs its own page because it is truly one of the best restaurants in all of Oahu not just Waikiki.  Cinnamons Hawaiian bread french toast with guava chiffon syrup are a must.  Or even ask for pineapple cream on top.  Locals told me about this place, it is still not too touristy.  Voted top 15 pancakes in the United States.  Valet parking $1 an hour. (3 hour max).  

Island Vintage shaved ice

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This is one of the best-shaved ice in Hawaii.  It is centrally located in Waikiki.  They also have a location in the Ali Mona Mall. I also have a list of Top rated shaved ice around the Island HERE.

Cheesecake Factory

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This is more about the location then the food. This is one of the best location to people watch in Waikiki.  It has a very high traffic area, so make sure you eat outside.  Very popular so go a little early.

Duke’s Canoe Restaurant & Bar

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Great food, and right on the beach this is one of my favorite places to go in Waikiki.  Has a great beach bar and very popular live music every night you really cant go wrong here.

Other Waikiki Area Restaurants

Other Waikiki Area Bars

There are two bars right a cross form each other on Lewers street that always seem to have a croud.  Moose McGillycuddy’s & Kelley O’Neil’s
The Maui Brewing Co. – is a nice bar about 3 storys off the street. Has a great vibe its faily new.
Lulu’s — Live Music every night, Monday’s and Saturdays are usually good bets if you want more of an upbeat night.
Hard Rock Cafe – has a nice bar vibe there too, live bands nightly.
RumFire – right on the beach, pretty trendy upscale bar.
The Yard House is a pretty popular sports bar in the Beach walk area
Lewer’s Lounge — swanky Jazz bar. Old time feel. Cool spot.
And keep in mind you can download all the places mentioned on this page and on this site here, like a Vacation Checklist.