Aunty Genoa Keawe has been performing for a half century and a consummate professional musician. Sadly this "leo o Hawai'i" (voice of Hawai'i) came to an end last year. Happily, the rest of the ensemble continues and have been joined by the heir apparent, Pomai, her granddaughter.
The Genoa Keawe 'Ohana performs at the Marriot Waikiki Beach poolside overlooking Kalakaua Avenue on Thursdays from 5:30 pm to c. 9:30 pm. The MWB serves Hawaiian-style pupu (things to eat while drinking). Local people who like Hawaiian music often come by; other musicians and hula dancers are often called up from the audience. The drink and pupu prices are reasonable (drinks c. $4.00, pupu c. $6.00). No cover charge.
Dress Code: Fairly informal; shorts, aloha shirt, slippers are all OK. Retro black and piercings other than earlobes will earn doubletakes.
The Hawaiians are so happy when they established a Police Precint at Waikiki Beach! Do you know what that means to them? Safer for the local residents and the tourists to stroll and walk along the beach at night! (And, at day time, of course!). Just strolling along the beach and listening to one's self and the ocean waves is fun. Not that we are crazy, but sometimes, we know that we needed to listen to our inner selves! It's amazing how this thing will do to us! It re-energizes, refreshes us and get rid of the poisons inside us!
Dress Code: Just a hang-loose shirt and shorts. Wear slippers.
Just walking and sitting on a park close to the Aloha Tower is just relaxing and fun. The sun set is beautiful. While waiting for a cruise ship to watch the 4th of July fireworks, we just walk around the block chatting. We went to the dock and watch the fishes.
Dress Code: Comfortable aloha clothes- slippers, t-shirts and shorts.
The street life in Honolulu is very exciting nowadays unlike in the old days. It's now fun to go out at night just basically walking! There is so much to see!
There are Jamaican drummers doing their beats, people dancing, children singing karaoke, people painting, a guy making balloons to sell and make different shapes of the balloons, statue people, etc. Plus, there is so much stores to window-shop!
The walk is more fun this time and I didn't realize I walk the whole of Kalakua Avenue with my daughter. Good exercise after a big Hawaiian dinner!
Dress Code: Walking shorts, slippers, t-shirts.
OK, so I've only been to 2 luaus ever. Doesn't make me an expert or anything, but I never let that stop me from giving my opinion.
On our first trip to Hawaii, in 2001, we went to the luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center and were highly disappointed at the lack of alcohol due to the fact that the PCC is owned & operated by the Mormon church. The food was OK, about as well as can be expected for a casual affair for several hundred people. You got your shredded pork, your chicken, your poy, fruit and salads. . . The show after the dinner, however, was great! Really enjoyed that. It was classy and entertaining, funny and dramatic. Loved it! The drive out the the PCC was very nice, along lovely beaches and beautiful valleys. And of course, besides the luau, you have the PCC itself, a collection of interactivve exhibits and activites to introduce you to many of the different Polynesian island cultures.
On our second visit to Hawaii, it was a toss up between Germaine’s and the Paradise Cove Luau. My sister had heard that Germaine’s and Paradise Cover were about the same, and she had a coupon to Germaine’s so Germaine’s it was. The drive out to Germaine’s from Waikiki was kind of harrowing. The traffic west of Honolulu at rush hour is awful! I mean really awful, llike worse than Boston awful! When we finally got there, we were underwhelmed by the location. On one side of the luau was a junk yard and on the other side was some kind of power plant. Lots of wires and towers - makes for not so nice photos. There was alcohol, and the margaritas we had were potent but nasty! Really bitter syrupy and cheap, icky tequilla. The food was cold, the fried chicken was dried out but the potato salad was pretty yummy and so was the coconut pudding. The show afterward was fun, but pretty tacky and not nearly as entertaining as the PCC show. .
Next time, we'll check out Paradise Cove!
Dress Code: You can pretty much wear anything to thess luaus. Lots of ladies dress up, and that's fine, but don't wear heels! Flip flops work best for these things. Trust me.
Allan and I walked from large hotel to large hotel to listen to live music, try the exotic drinks, and people watch.
It's great fun and along the way, you meet new people, discover unusual drink combinations, and hear fantastic entertainment.
My favorite drink turned out to be an iced drink called "CoCo Coffee" which was a speciality at one of the beachfront hotels at Waikiki Beach.
Dress Code: At night, it's a little dressier than bathing suits and cover-ups (as you would wear in the daytime).
Women should wear Capri Pants, or slacks, or summer sundress; men should wear slacks and a casual shirt. You may wear shorts, but they should not be cut-offs or short shorts.
Its a great place Pipeline Cafe...Music, dancing they even have an upstairs to eat and even throw darts. If you are lookin for a great night Pipeline is the place you want to be. 21 and older gets you in everynight but Friday, Friday is 18 and older...YEAH!!
Dress Code: Guy most wear pants, collar shirts and shoes...no slippers. If you show up in anything less you won't be allowed in...not to sure about what the ladies have to wear cause I'm a guy, whatever I guess for the ladies.
College kids and young twenty somethings: hit Puck's Alley for Magoo's (pizza and huge beer selection), Anna Banana's, East side Grill etc. Royal Garden Waikiki turns into a nightclub on Saturday's after 10:30PM.
20's - 30's : W Hotel on Friday, Ocean's on Saturday (Pirahna room end of the month), Mai Tai's for casual drinks, O Lounge, Hanohano Room every third Saturday is the newest hot spot, Indigo's, Dave and Buster's
For tourists wanting the Waikiki experience, just walk from Hotel to hotel on Kalakaua, Tiki's for drinks, Duke's Canoe Club for beachside bar.
No matter what, pick up a Honolulu Weekly newspaper and most of these venues and more will be listed.
Gay Hawaii; Hula's, Venus and Fusion's also very hetero friendly
Dress Code: All GUYS: wear a collared shirt and pants just in case! Some places in Hawaii can have the girls half naked but the guys have to wear some sort of collared shirt. My friend wore an Armani V-Neck sweater and was denied access next to the guy wearing his dad's golf shirt. So, it's a strange dress code but just accept it! Girls in Hawaii dress to impress and some look like they walked straight out of the magazines. Even though it's tropical, remember we have all the big name retail shops like Gucci, Armani, Versace so fashion is still a must for a lot of nightclubs. Bars are a different story, baseball hat, shorts, tshirt and slippahs!
Located at Outrigger Waikiki is this popular gatherign place. I only come here on Sundays where they have a live band right there by the beach. They have good food to go with your drinks and the music keeps the place hopping.. I recommend coming here early because it gets pack. If you are lucky enough like we are one Sunday afternoon our crew came across some ladies of the Hawaii Tropics...ohh what a rough life..
Dress Code: casual...relax..
If you want a place where you can have a couple of drinks and play some darts and listen to to live music on weekends , Irish rose is the place for you. During weekends they have live bands that gets the crowd going.
Dress Code: Anything as long as you are not naked.
The club has a $10 cover charge like most of the clubs in Waikiki. It plays mostly heavy metal, rock, and alternative music. This place rocks the house until 4:00AM. Inside there is the downstairs main area that has the dancefloor. Upstairs is a bar area with a glass wall providing a view of the dancefloor below. It is good if you want to give your ears a rest or shoot some pool.
Gordon's is a great microbrewery. They offer a wide selection on their lunch and dinner menu along with the great beer they make. At night they occassionally have a live band. On nights that don't have a band Gordon's is still a good place to start the evening, and maybe meet some new people. It gets a lot of customers in the open air patio area.
Snappers II, formerly known as the Fox and Hound, offers great food, live music on select nights, and a wide selection of brews to chose from. I definitely recommend the burgers if you go. In my opinion they're the best on the island. They have pool tables and dart boards for your entertainment, as well as a juke box when they don't have a band playing. There is an open air patio to watch the people pass by, and to enjoy the warm evening climate.
Dukes is one of the largest and nicest restuarant/bar in all of Oahu. Located on the main strip of Waikiki it will most likely be within walking distance of your hotel. Duke's is named in honor of Duke Kahanamoku who lost his life doing what he loved best... surfing! You can enjoy authentic Hawaiian music and the occasional luau. In the center of the restaurant is the very large, very stocked circular bar. You are bound to make friends with at least one person from a country that you have never been.
Dress Code: There is no formal dress code, however it is a nice place so try and dress descent. On the weekends after 9pm there will be someone checking I.D.'s at the door. 21+ at that point.
THERE'S ALL KINDS OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES. DRESSCODE VARIES FROM T-SHIRT, SHORTS, FLIPFLOPS TO REALLY DRESSING UP. IT'S UP TO YOU. JUST PICK UP AN ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE ON THE STREET, THERE'S MAPS SHOWING THE LOCATION INSIDE. AND WAIKIKI IS SO SMALL, WITH A LITTLE MAP YOU CAN'T GET LOST.
Dress Code: VARIES
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
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