A visit to Oʻahu isn’t full with out a minimum of one go to to thrilling Waikīkī, the place you may have iconic Hawaiʻi trip experiences all inside a finances.
6 a.m. Hike Diamond Head at daybreak ($5)
Google Waikīkī and also you’re assured to seek out Lēʻahi (aka Diamond Head) within the background. This Nationwide Pure Landmark presents a mountaineering path with gorgeous views of Honolulu from the highest of a 300,000-year-old volcanic crater. As a result of small parking zone on the Diamond Head State Monument, you may park at close by Kapiʻolani Group Faculty and pay the $5 walk-in entry price on the kiosk; nonetheless, there isn’t a cost for parking or entrance for residents. In your approach as much as the beginning of the hike, it’s also possible to cease at a scenic lookout as a bonus picture op!
The hike takes roughly two hours to finish. The final entrance to the hike path is permitted at 4 p.m. Be taught extra at dlnr.hawaii.gov.
8:30 a.m. Seize breakfast at Leonard’s Bakery ($1.70)
Deal with your self to an iconic malasada from Leonard’s Bakery. Lately awarded as Finest Bakery on Oʻahu and Finest Malasada (All Islands) in our 2022 Readers’ Alternative Awards, the sugary, fluffy donut is strictly what you’ll be craving after a protracted hike.
933 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, (808) 737-5591, leonardshawaii.com, @leonardsbakeryhawaii.
9 a.m. Snorkel at Waikīkī Seashore (Rental $14/day)
Waikīkī Seashore is residence to a vibrant ecosystem of coral reef and marine life. Discover the ocean by snorkeling at Queen’s Seashore, a delegated Marine Life Conservation District. Lease snorkel gear for $14 with Hawaiʻi Seashore Time—the corporate delivers your day by day rental to your lodge the evening earlier than your scheduled use and picks it up within the night if you find yourself completed. Earlier than snorkeling, use reef-safe sunscreen and take into account that touching any marine life could be very dangerous to the survival of the ecosystem. Don’t overlook to take a photograph with the statue of Duke Kahanamoku when you’re within the space!
For extra data, go to hawaiibeachtime.com, (808) 585-1474.
11 a.m. Lease a Biki at Biki Cease on Kalākaua and Uluniu ($4.75 for one trip)
Vacationers on a finances ought to undoubtedly reap the benefits of Honolulu’s bike-share system whereas exploring Waikīkī. Lease a motorbike at any of the 100 bike stops in Waikīkī and Honolulu, and make your option to the Royal Hawaiian Heart (Biki Station 321). Every trip has a 30-minute restrict, however you gained’t be needing it for too lengthy when commuting across the Waikīkī space. To hire the bike, merely pay on the Biki Cease and return the bike to any close by Biki Cease that’s most handy for you.
For extra data, go to gobiki.org.
12:00 p.m. Make a Lei at Royal Hawaiian Heart (free)
Make your very personal recent flower lei in a free class provided by the Royal Hawaiian Heart. Within the class, you’ll learn to make a lei, some historical past of Hawaiʻi and some Hawaiian phrases. By the top, you may take residence a recent flower lei and exhibit your craftsmanship whereas strolling round Waikīkī. The Royal Hawaiian Heart additionally presents lessons that educate hula, ʻukulele and lauhala weaving. All lessons are restricted to the primary 24 friends who arrive, so be sure you arrive early to safe a spot.
All lessons are one hour lengthy, however the instances and days they’re provided differ for every exercise. For extra data, go to royalhawaiiancenter.com/occasions.
1: 30 p.m. Biki to Musubi Café Iyasume ($4.75) for a Snack ($4.46)
Hop on one other Biki and head to Musubi Café (Biki Station 329, Koa & Uluiu) for a fast snack. This fashionable Japanese joint serves up musubi (Japanese rice ball wrapped in seaweed and full of varied fillings) for an inexpensive value. Any musubi lover must attempt the eatery’s SPAM musubi variations like Egg SPAM for simply $2.50. Each musubi is handmade with premium rice and scrumptious fillings. It’s solely $1.98 for the seaweed filling.
Musubi Café Iyasume is situated within the Pacific Monarch Resort (2427 Kūhiō Ave., Honolulu). For extra data, go to iyasumehawaii.com.
2:30 p.m. Have a picnic at Kapiʻolani Regional Park (free)
Kapiʻolani Regional Park is the right place for a picnic and is only a 20-minute stroll from Musubi Café. Named after Queen Kapiʻolani, King David Kalākaua’s spouse, this park has served the neighborhood as a public leisure area since 1913. Loosen up and revel in your musubi with a picturesque view of Honolulu and Diamond Head.
Public parking and restrooms obtainable at Kapiʻolani Regional Park.
4 p.m. Lounge at Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon (free)
Cool off from the afternoon warmth on the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon situated proper subsequent to Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Seashore Resort. Named after the enduring swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku, this 5-acre saltwater lagoon is a relaxed space that provides a unique expertise than the neighboring Waikīkī Seashore. Catch some solar and swim round at this stress-free spot.
Seashore gear and experiences obtainable to buy on the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. For extra data, go to waikikibeachactivities.com.
5:30 p.m. Catch a present on the Royal Grove (free)
Head again to Royal Hawaiian Heart to expertise cultural leisure. The middle presents free performances that showcase musical artists and hula performers. All through the week there’s a rotating to schedule, so that you’ll will definitely catch an entertaining present.
For extra data, go to royalhawaiiancenter.com
7 p.m. Order dinner at Marugame ($9.25)
Lately voted as one of many Finest Low cost Eats on Oʻahu in our 2022 Readers’ Alternative Awards, this restaurant focuses on recent, handmade udon noodles. The nikutame udon ($9.25) is a buyer favourite and can put you at a powerful $40 on the finish of your day.
2310 Kūhiō Ave., Suite 124, Honolulu, (808) 931-6000, marugameudon.com.
8 p.m. Watch Waikīkī’s firework present (free)
There’s no higher option to end an evening in paradise than a beachside firework show. After a two-year hiatus, the firework present, introduced by Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī, lately resumed its spectacular custom. Seize a seat on the seaside or wherever on the strip and have a good time a day well-spent in Waikīkī.
From June to September, the fireworks present will start at 8 p.m. Beginning this fall, the present will start at 7:45 p.m. The fireworks present has a 4 minute run time.