World-famous Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Known in Hawaiian as "spouting waters," Waikiki was introduced to the world when its first hotel, the Moana Surfrider, was built on its shores in 1901.
Today, Waikiki is a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you'll find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and hospitality.
At legendary Waikiki Beach, a statue of Hawaiian hero Duke Kahanamoku welcomes you with open arms. Regarded as the "Father of modern surfing," Duke grew up and surfed in Waikiki during the turn of the century. Discovered as a swimming sensation, the prodigious Duke won Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle in 1912 and 1920. The amiable Duke later went on to act in Hollywood and used his fame to spread the popularity of surfing and the spirit of aloha around the world.
From Hawaiian royalty to Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, Waikiki continues to be an evolving expression of the ancient spirit of aloha. On these famous shores, the past and the future are uniting in fresh and surprising ways.
Top places to visit in Waikiki:
Duke Kahanamoku statue
The legendary Duke welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms.
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Take your first surf lesson on this golden stretch of sand.
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Waikiki Beach Walk
Waikiki's newest gathering place for shopping, nightlife, and cuisine.
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Waikiki's main strip is home to world-class hospitality and shopping.
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Leahi (Diamond Head)
This iconic landmark silhouettes the Waikiki skyline.
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Just minutes from Waikiki, Kapahulu offers the best in local food.
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