President and CEO
Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association
Aloha Kakou, It’s wonderful to see Waikiki full of happy visitors from all corners of the globe. For more than a century, travelers have been enthralled by our native Hawaiian culture and hospitality, basked in Waikiki’s sapphire waters and walked barefoot in the sand while trade winds stir the coconut fronds. This is the essence of Waikiki, and it hasn’t changed over time.
Today, on these beloved shores, the past and future are uniting in fresh and surprising ways as Waikiki has blossomed into a vibrant and cosmopolitan 21st century playground.
Kalakaua Avenue, with its multitude of designer stores, is mentioned in the same breath as Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are perfect for family outings. And there are exciting jet ski, parasailing and submarine explorations, as well as whale watching and romantic sunset cruises to be enjoyed.
Nightlife is flourishing, and dining options abound from Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine to delicacies inspired by cultures from around the world.
Speaking of nightlife, talented local musicians play at a number of venues in Waikiki throughout the week—and there’s nothing quite like Hawaiian music to remind you that you truly are in the islands! Here’s are some of the current gigs:
Olomana, featuring the legendary Jerry Santos, performs at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort at the Tapa Bar, Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m.
Henry Kapono entertains at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort at Tropics Bar & Grill, Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
Pa‘ahana is on stage at the Halekulani, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sean Na‘auao performs at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach at the Kani Ka Pila Grille, Monday from 6-9 p.m.
Cyril Pahinui plays at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach at Kani Ka Pila Grille, Wednesday from 6-9 p.m.
Ku‘uipo Kumukahi performs at The Royal Grove of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Friday from 6-7 p.m.
My suggestion for a good time in Waikiki? Definitely take in some Hawaiian music performances. Soak up some sun, splash around in the surf. Take an adventure or two. Enjoy the culture, and shop and dine at your own speed. Meet local folks, feel our warmth and spread aloha.