All of the hotels along Waikiki have ceremonies when the sun goes down. Even some off of Waikiki will celebrate a torch lighting or something (it's a little incongruous conjuring up ancient Polynesia at the Ala Moana with all that traffic going by, but they try). Most of them include Hawaiian music and dancers in traditional costumes, which vary from hotel to hotel. None of this really excites me, especially since it seems to reduce a culture to tourist marketing. However, if you're interested you can see such performances at the Hilton and Sheraton among others. The performances are always free, which is why this tip isn't listed under tourist traps -- after all, you can always walk away at no cost if you find it boring.
A great free activity is the torch lighting ceremony at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Mall. Every night at 6:00pm, the conch shell is blown signaling the approach of darkness. The beautiful dancers circulate throughout the crowd greeting all with handshakes and the greeting of "Aloha".
Then two male runners appear, their torches ingited and held aloft, make their way through the crowd to light the torches that border the perimeter of the mall. There are a variety of dancers--from the lovely hula girls to the "keikis" (children).
The torch lighting cermeony is free to all, I recommend you get there early if you wish to have a seat for the show.
ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASK U WHEN U COME BACK FROM HAWAII IS..."DID U SURF?" MAN I HATE THAT QUESTION! SO TO GIVE THEM THE ANSWER THEY WANT, U MIGHT AS WELL DO IT.
THE PERFECT SPOT TO LEARN IS WAIKIKI. THE WAVES ARE TAME, THE BOARDS ARE THERE TO RENT, AND BEST OF ALL, THERE ARE A HUNDRED OTHER TOURIST LOOKING JUST AS SILLY AS U.
THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR BOARD RENTALS IS $10 FOR AN HOUR $15 FOR 2 HOURS. I RECOMMEND 1 HOUR. ITS A LONG PADDLE OUT AND AFTER YOUR FIRST HOUR U ARE DEAD.
DONT BE AFRAID TO GET OUT THERE. U ONLY LIVE ONCE, AND ITS NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS...
Take a surf lesson on the beach in Waikiki - you will feel like you know what you are doing in no time! These guys were good...
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This is the place for your to test your bargaining skills! Tons of local stuffs for sale here, and if you know how to bargain, you can rather easily get something for cheaper than those sold at ABC stores.
Just remember that none of the price they first tell you are fixed and you should always ask for a lower price. You can get anything here from bikinis to necklaces to hawaiian bags etc
THE HONOLULU ZOO IS A GREATZOO WITH PLENTY TO SEE. THEYA RE STILL TRYING TO UPDATE ALOT OF THE EXHIBITS BUT THEY ARE GETTING THERE.
PRICE TO GET IN IS 6 DOLLARS FOR NON RESIDENTS AND 3 FOR RESIDENTS.
IF U HAVE A WEEK OR MOREON OAHU, THEN I RECOMMEND THE ZOO. I F U ARE ON A SHORT BREAK THEN BY PASS IT.
FOR ALL THE ZOO HAS TO OFFER, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE HONOLULU ZOO. THE SITE IS FILLED WITH PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF ALL THE ANIMALS AND EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON AT THE ZOO.
One of the most famous beaches in the world and also the center of tourist life on Oahu. If your looking for peace and quiet you came to the wrong place. This is the place to see and be seen. The corresponding neighborhood also provides unlimited shopping and dining choices.
we had a 5 hour overlay from the Big Island and I suggested we hop to Honolulu and Waikiki just for the sake of it. Boy I can tell you it took us almost hour and half by cab from the airport thru town and traffic. Waikiki is a nice beach but much too crowded and very commercial. I much more appreciate the NOrth Shore.
Well, as everyone knows, Waikiki is the most celebrated beach in the state. Here, you come to see and be seen. Waikiki is home to some of Hawaii's best resorts and restaurants. Here's a shot of the gorgeous ocean water on a stretch of Waikiki.
Well I couldn't go to Hawaii and not try to learn to surf. There are lots of beach boys promising to get you up on a board in a hour's lesson. So did I manage it? I'm afraid I don't have any photographic evidence but... yes! I'm not going to win any prizes or become a professional surfer but it's a great feeling to actually do it.
A couple of warnings - it is very crowded and this can make it a bit dangerous, as you can easily get tangled up with somebody else. Also, you will spend a lot of time with the sun beating down on your back. Your sunscreen is unlikely to survive the experience so cover up or you will get burnt.
A fun market right in Waikiki. It was easily recognised by the Banyan tree and Swiss Family Robinson style tree house which was a little restaurant for 2. 10 years to the day after its completion, it was torn down. Sadly is it no more.
There are heaps of outdoor stalls as well as little shops selling an array of jewellery, clothes and crafts. There are some great eating places within the market also.
The zoo is located in the lush gardens of Queen Kapiolani Park between Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. There are over 200 exhibits including African Savanna habitat, Children's Zoo. The best part is that you can get very close to the animals which are not so much caged but in a more natural environment.
At sunset, sit on the beach and wait for the sun go down in the horizon; and then watch how the city ligths turn on.
nothing better than a free movie - ON THE SAND! This is a wonderful way to spend an evening - surrounded by fun people, and a great outdoor adventure!