Welcome to Waikiki, the Hawaiian Islands’ most popular spot. Encompassing a small area of the city of Honolulu, Waikiki attracts visitors from around the globe. Perfect weather, white sand beaches, swimming, surfing, fine dining, and world-class accommodations combine to make Waikiki the tropical paradise that it is. Here is The Ultimate Guide to Waikiki.
The Ultimate Bar/Restaurant: Duke’s Canoe Club. Nearly as much of a landmark of Waikiki as Waikiki Beach itself, no stay in Honolulu is complete without at least one visit to Duke’s. For dinner, try the delicious prime rib, and definitely stick around for some drinks.
The Ultimate Burger: Cheeseburger in Paradise. Located at 2500 Kalakaua Avenue, this burger joint rocks. The seasoned fries costs extra but are worth every cent. Have a Mai Tai or two and enjoy your cheeseburger while watching the activity across the street on Waikiki Beach.
The Ultimate Steakhouse: Hy’s Steak House. Located at 2440 Kuhio Avenue, Hy’s Steak House serves the best steak on the entire island of Oahu. Classy yet comfortable, Hy’s is truly a can’t-miss.
The Ultimate Italian Restaurant: Arancino. Located at 255 Beachwalk Avenue, I can’t even tell you how many times I dined at Arancino. For at least two weeks, it was every night. Excellent service with outdoor tables across from Waikiki Beach, Arancino serves up authentic Italian dishes and tremendous atmosphere all at a reasonable price.
The Ultimate Resort: The Hilton Hawaiian Village. With over three thousand rooms, four swimming pools, fourteen restaurants, and nearly a hundred shops, the Hilton Hawaiian Village is the ultimate Waikiki resort.
The Ultimate View of Waikiki: Tantalus. The view from Tantalus is superb and it beats the view from Diamond Head only because you will probably have the viewing spot all to yourself. And getting there is a windy drive instead of a thirty-minute hike. The most magnificent view on Tantalus can be found at Pu’u Ualaka’a State Wayside.
The Ultimate Shopping: International Marketplace. While plenty of shops line Kalakaua and Kuhio, the International Marketplace is truly unique. Great gifts and souvenirs can be found for next to nothing. And the atmosphere is fun and friendly.
The Ultimate Mall: Ala Moana Center. A short trolley ride away from Waikiki is Honolulu’s world-famous open-air shopping mall. Truly a sight in and of itself, the Ala Moana Center is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon window-shopping and working up an appetite for one its many fine restaurants.
The Ultimate Beach: Waikiki Beach, of course. But the best place to park yourself is near Duke’s. Great swimming, superb surfing for beginners. Take a catamaran cruise or just curl up on a lounge chair with a paperback novel and wait for the sun to set.
Aloha, and I hope you enjoyed The Ultimate Guide to Waikiki!