Un-Written Rules You Should Know

  • Drive with Aloha. Let cars go in front of you, go slow and give pedestrians the right away.
  • If cars are stopped in front of you for no reason, do NOT switch lanes to continue, assume there is a pedestrian.
  • Our most busy crosswalks have a new pattern that allows all pedestrians to cross at once to include diagonally so DO NOT assume you can turn on a red traffic light and watch for confused pedestrians trying to cross at the wrong time.
  • DO NOT HONK your car horn unless it is an absolute emergency; it is considered rude to honk at someone.
  • Do not leave valuables in an un-attended car anywhere and do NOT flaunt your spending money.
  • Be smart where you park or you could face an unexpected tow bill ($250) if you do not obey the signs.
  • Most people you meet are friendly and kind however beware if you come across an unstable person who may have a mental illness, go the other way. Often they are just yelling at nobody. Trust your gut instinct.
  • Hawaii has a homeless problem, several choose not to live in shelters but choose to live on the streets instead, and for the most part they do not want to harm you although they could ask for money or food.
  • Waikiki Ambassadors’ are part of the welcome center and patrol Waikiki on foot and bike to help our visitors with directions or information. Know that they wear neon yellow / green labeled shirts and are there for you.
  • Do not turn your back on the ocean. Do not go to the edge of cliffs or the ocean. Use caution at all times and be aware the beauty of our island can sometimes catch you off guard. Take caution to posted signs and check with a life guard for any current conditions you should be aware of at our public beaches.
  • Take what you bring and leave all that you don’t bring when hiking, beaching, or exploring the islands. You would be surprised just how many people “mail” items back. Respect the land, water & air as we do.
  • Ask lifeguard or check posted signs on the beach for jellyfish warnings, high surf, strong currents or rip currents.
  • Do not go surfing, snorkeling or hiking alone. Always let someone know where you are going if you will be alone.

GROCERIES

Safeway – Located outside of Waikiki on Kapahulu Ave. The #13 bus drops off and picks up right in front.Foodland Farms – Located outside of Waikiki at The Ala Moana Mall at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. The #13 or #19 bus drops off and picks up right in front.

Whole Foods – Located outside of Waikiki at The Kahala Mall at 4211 Wai’alae Ave. The #22 or #23 bus drops off and picks up right in front.

Farmers Markets – From fresh cut tropical island fruits and vegetables to pastries and pupus (appetizers), there is something for everyone.  Locations and times have changed since Covid-19 shutdown.

KID FRIENDLY

Honolulu Zoo – Yes there is a Zoo here and it is so close…just at the end of Waikiki as you’re going toward Diamond Head. Open daily.

Waikiki Aquarium – Located along the beach past the zoo in the direction of Diamond Head; Open daily and night tours offered too.

WAIKIKI FREEBIES

Fireworks – Every Friday after sunset usually between 7:30 – 7:45pm compliments of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Hula Show – Authentic Hawaiian Music and hula shows by Hawaii’s finest halau hula (dance troops) and Hawaiian Performers. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting, 6:30 to 7:30 pm (6:00 to 7:00 pm November thru December) at the hula mound on the beach at Kalakaua and Uluniu.

Lei Making – At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Avenue,  Monday-Saturday 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

‘Ukulele Lessons – At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Avenue, Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 to -11:00 am.

Hula Lessons – At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Ave. Tuesday 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

The Bus & Popular Routes

The island of Oahu is easily accessible via The Bus, operated by the City and County of Honolulu. Most routes are serviced every 15-30 minutes and cover the whole island. Bus stops are located in front of the property, and you can circle the island right from the same block. Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, Sunset Beach on the North Shore and Pearl Harbor are all within reach! All fares are $2.75 each way (as of June 2020). Discounts such as Senior and Child may be available. 1-day passes are $5.50 and if you are staying a month or so, it’s best to buy a monthly pass for $70.00 at most ABC Stores in Waikiki. Both pass options allow for unlimited travel over the given time period. However know that The Bus does not allow luggage on the bus so you should plan to get other transportation to or from the airport. Download The Bus app for easiest use to plan ahead.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW AND REMINDERS

If you are planning to return home with gifts or to take something back to remember your stay then you might prefer the prices at the “Swap Meet” at the Aloha Stadium on Saturday or Sunday. You can also try Walmart near the Ala Moana Shopping Center; they usually have a good selection of souvenirs, mac nuts, etc. If you plan to take home Pineapples or other fruits & veggies, make sure they will clear the airport screening by asking the vender – some pineapple boxes are marked, some are NOT.

If you have a return ticket for a shuttle service to the airport, it’s usually a good idea to arrange your pick-up time 48-hours in advance. Always plan to leave Waikiki three (3) hours before departure if you are checking bags with your airline. Remember, all checked luggage must clear agriculture screening prior to checking in with your airline.


Please enjoy your stay safely!
Your Waikiki Bucket List
Luau – Nothing reflects the Hawaiian experience more than a Luau, a celebration of dance, music and food.
Royal Palace – Situated in downtown Honolulu is Iolani Palace, the only former royal residence on U.S. soil. This is a must see. Fully restored and rich with extensive history of the Hawaiian Monarchy.
Climb a Dormant Volcano – Just 20 minute outside of Waikiki is Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument with breath taking views of the island from the summit. On a clear day you can see the island of Molokai and in the winter, humpback whales. Average time up is 45 minutes and approx. 30 minutes down. Best time is during the early morning hours. Further down the coast is Koko Head, another volcanic crater.
Snorkeling – Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park is hands down the best place to snorkel on the whole island. Closed on Tuesdays. The bay is situated within a volcanic crater. Beautiful and tranquil here. Abundant with fish and some turtles. There is also a snack bar here but I recommend bringing a sack lunch. Don’t forget to bring an under- water camera. Disposables can be purchased from any ABC Store here in Waikiki. Parking is limited so if you are driving plan to arrive early to get a parking space.
Waterfall – Manoa Falls is the closest one to Waikiki and a nice one too. Easy hike. It is located in a rain forest valley and can be muddy after a rain so come prepared.
Blowhole – The Halona Blowhole can be reached past Koko Head on and located just before Sandy’s Beach. The blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The lava tubes run to the ocean and, and, when the surf is right, the blowhole shoots water up to 30 feet in the air. The larger the waves, the larger the spray.
Hike to a Lighthouse – The best hike to a lighthouse on Oahu is Mahapu’u Point and Lighthouse. Awesome scenic views!!! Located along the southeast coast of the island. Easy hike and here you may see whales (Nov – April) and all the way to Molokai on a clear day.
Hike a Trail in the Mountains – The best and most popular trail to hike is the Na Ala Hele Tantalus Trail. Located up in the Ko’olau mountain range as seen from Waikiki, panoramic views of the whole leeward side of the island can be view. Sweet fragrance of white ginger in the air, small waterfalls, a bamboo forest are among some of the other features of this trail (not reachable by bus).
Scenic Views from the Mountains – The Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most popular spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Ko’olau mountain range. It historical significance as the site of the last battle King Kamehameha fought which resulted in uniting Oahu under his rule. (Not reachable by bus.)

North Shore – Also known as the 7-mile miracle stretching from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach. We recommend you rent a car when you decide to explore the North Shore of Oahu.  During the winter time, the ocean conditions can be extremely hazardous while the summer time offers a great opportunity to swim and snorkel.

  • Sunset Beach….the name says it all!
  • Waimea Bay….popular surf spot in winter, gorgeous beach park in summer with huge rock people jump off of…for the brave.
  • Waimea Valley….large botanical garden and ancient site situated in the valley of a rain forest. Water fall at the end of the trail. Open daily 9a-5p. 808-638-7766
  • Laniakea Beach….best site for viewing large green sea turtles usually resting on the warm sand. Located south of Waimea Bay.
  • Turtle Bay Resort…great place to swim and have a meal on the beach at Ola’s Restaurant.
  • Kahuku….legendary site of Oahu’s garlic shrimp trucks. Geovanni’s is the original; others have sprouted around. So ono!!
  • Haleiwa….Awesome seaside town to meander, shop and eat.
  • Polynesian Cultural Center…Located in Laie, 42 acres of lush tropical forest; gentle waterfalls and adventure await you as you explore 7 Polynesian villages and lifestyle encounters. 808-293-3333
  • Dole Plantation…Located in Wahiawa, site of the world’s largest maze and great pineapple treats. Open daily 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. 808-621-8408
  • Horse Rides… Kualoa’s one and two-hour horseback tours offer guests the opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of Oahu’s hidden valleys. TIP: Advanced reservations are recommended as many tours sell out 2 to 3 weeks in advance.  Open daily 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 808-237-7321
  • Shark encounters…Launches from Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Daily 6:00 am-6:00 pm. 808-351-9373
  • Skydive…From Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia. Daily 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. 808-637-9700