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From Kamehameha the Great to Elvis Presley, discover the rich history of Waikiki from swampy farmlands to royal playground and how it became one of the most famous destinations in the world.

In early Hawaii, Waikiki was a much larger area than the 1.5 square miles it encompasses today. Old Waikiki, much of it swampland, included the neighboring valleys of Manoa and Palolo. Translated, Waikiki means "spouting water," a reference to the rivers and springs that richly flowed into the area.

In the mid to late 1800s, Waikiki served as a vacation retreat for the kingdom’s royalty. Kamehameha IV, Kamehameha V, Lunalilo, Kalakaua, Liliuokalani and Princess Kaiulani were among the dignitaries who maintained residences in the area, enjoying moonlight horseback rides, thrilling canoe races and carefree romps in the ocean. More about Waikiki >>


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Big Island Volcano Trips

VOLCANO LAVA WALK TOUR -- Explore more of Hawaii, beyond Waikiki. The Volcano Tour and Lava Walk is a true adventure. Vistas of dormant volcanoes, lava beds, steam vents and craters! $405 -- Book Now!

Helicopter Tours

HELICOPTER TOUR -- Take flight to tour Oahu's Scenic South Spots! You'll be treated to a stunning views of Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Hanaumba Bay, Nuuanu Pali, Pearl Harbor and more! $170.25 -- Book Now!

Waikiki Ocean Thrills Playground

NEW! OAHU SOUTH SHORE BAY OCEAN ACTIVITIES ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND -- Jet Ski (TANDEM OR SOLO 30 MINUTE RIDES), Parasail, Banana Boat Ride, Bumper Tube Ride $99.99 - 2 Activity Combo with Transportation -- Book Now!

Boom Boom Sport Fishing

DOLPHIN SNORKEL & SAIL -- Snorkel, Sightsee the West Coast of Oahu -- Unlimited Buffet -- All on one Boat! $139 -- Book Now!

Diamond Head Parasail

DIAMOND HEAD WAIKIKI PARASAIL -- Get the ultimate thrill ride as you sail 500 ft above the Pacific Ocean for perfect views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu! $50 -- Book Now!

Hilton Friday Fireworks Dinner Sail

HILTON FRIDAY FIREWORKS DINNER SAIL -- Taste the gourmet Pacific fusion cuisine at our dinner buffet, and celebrate your friends and families from our full bar, including draft beer. The highlight of the evening is the Hilton fireworks display, and you have the best seat in the house. $135 -- Book Now!

Oahu Bike Tour

OAHU BIKE TOUR -- One of the most sought after bike tours on Oahu. This easy 5-mile tropical bike ride coasts downhill on a paved road nestled in the lush Puu Ohia rainforest. $77 -- Book Now!

Polynesian Cultural Center

POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER -- Enjoy all of the Polynesian Cultural Center PLUS the finest authentic Hawaiian luau in the islands! $142.12 -- Book Now!

Surf Lesson Waikiki Beach

LEARN TO SURF -- A Team of lifeguard and CPR trained instructors will give you an enriched Hawaiian Waikiki Surfing experience. $60 -- Book Now!

Pearl Harbor Tour

PEARL HARBOR -- A "must-do" activity for anyone visiting Oahu, a visit to the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is one not to be forgotten. $41 -- Book Now!

Boom Boom Sport Fishing

SPORT FISHING OAHU - WE CATCH FISH! -- Our experience, expertise and knowledge of Oahu's west coast fishing grounds provides our anglers with the best chance of having an enjoyable and productive sportfishing charter. We Catch Fish! $215 -- Book Now!


Top Places to Visit in Waikiki


Top places to visit in Waikiki

Duke Kahanamoku statue

The legendary Duke welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms.
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Top places to visit in Waikiki

Kuhio Beach

Take your first surf lesson on this golden stretch of sand.
> Learn more about where to PLAY in Waikiki


Top places to visit in Waikiki

Waikiki Beach Walk

Waikiki's newest gathering place for shopping, nightlife, and cuisine.
> Learn more about Waikiki Beach Walk


Top places to visit in Waikiki

Kalakaua Avenue

Waikiki's main strip is home to world-class hospitality and shopping.
> Learn more about Waikiki Style


Top places to visit in Waikiki

Diamond Head State National Monument / Leahi

This iconic landmark silhouettes the Waikiki skyline.
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Kapahulu

Just minutes from Waikiki, Kapahulu offers the best in local food.
> Learn more about Kapahulu



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