Culture and History
Honolulu Museum of Art
Want to catch an artsy film, new exhibit, or take an art class? The Honolulu Museum of Art is more than just a museum. They are dedicated to the ethnically diverse arts community in Hawaii, offering visual arts, arts education, performing arts, films and videos, and public programs that focus on the museum’s unique location in the Pacific.
Built in 1882, the Iolani Palace was the official home of Hawaiian royalty until the overthrow in 1893. Located in Honolulu’s art and business district, this National Historic Landmark features immaculate grounds perfect for afternoon picnics or reflection. The palace featured amenities that were considered state-of-the-art at the time: indoor plumbing, electric lighting, and a telephone.
Doris Duke's Shangri La
Take a shuttle from the Honolulu Museum of Art to the Shangri La, the center for Islamic Arts and Cultures. The Shangri La looks more like a palace than an arts center. Take a guided tour designed to introduce you to the world of Islamic art and architecture and learn about Islamic art through objects and architectural elements originating from the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and North Africa.
Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial
Oahu’s most popular attraction, Pearl Harbor features the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship, and Pacific Aviation Museum. The memorial and museums tell the stories of the Pacific War, including the events of December 7, 1941, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan. .
Hawaii State Art Museum
Located in downtown Honolulu on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, the Hawaii State Art Museum offers insights and exhibitions related to the arts in Hawaii. Here you’ll find four galleries, the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, the Sculpture Lobby, and the Sculpture Garden.
Ala Moana Beach Park
Located just a 5 minute walk from Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites, Ala Moana Beach Park is a favorite among locals and visitors. This 100-acre park offers large grassy areas , restrooms, showers, concession stands, a music pavilion, tennis courts and picnic areas.
Set sail on one of Waikiki’s most popular outdoor activities. A catamaran cruise is a great way to spend some time in the open water taking in views of Diamond Head, sipping on a Mai Tai, and sunbathing. Some catamarans offer snorkeling right off the boat, whale watching, or fishing.
Duke Kahanamoku Beach & Lagoon
Located just outside of Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites, this stretch of pristine white sands and sparkling waters is a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and water activities. The lagoon features a state-of-the-art water circulation system and its calm conditions make it perfect for novice swimmers. Duke Kahanamoku Beach was recently named the #2 beach in America by Dr. Beach.
Surf and SUP Lessons
Waikiki is home to legendary surf and those who tame the waves. With just one surf lesson you will almost certainly catch a wave at Waikiki Beach. Or, try your balance with a Standup Paddling session. Either way, get your cameras ready because you’ll look like a regular surf legend on a longboard.
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay is a picturesque nature preserve dedicated to conservation and educating visitors about the ocean. Located on the eastern side of the island, Hanauma Bay offers world-renowned snorkeling and native marine life, some of which are found nowhere else in the word. You’ll be able to view unique marine life after a short video that will show you what you can expect to see, and how to responsibly enjoy the water.
Parasailing in Waikiki
Fly through the Hawaii skies and take in views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and the majestic Koolau Mountains. Land in the water or stay dry—it’s your choice. Either way, you’re in for an exciting adventure!
Calling all animals lovers! Honolulu isn’t just clear water and sandy beaches. Check out the 902 animals that call the Honolulu Zoo home. With over 42 acres to explore, the zoo offers both animal and plant exhibits, a café, and educational programs. Your whole family will love the wild side of Waikiki.
Ever wonder what lurks beneath the sea? Check out the mysterious marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, located right on Waikiki beach. Glowing jellyfish, vibrant fish, and intricate corals are just some of the beautiful displays you’ll find inside while at the aquarium.
Manoa Falls Trail
Take a short hike through a lush Hawaii rainforest in Manoa Valley en route to a spectacular 150-foot waterfall. The trail is well maintained making it perfect for hikers of all ages. Located just a short drive mauka (toward the mountains) from Waikiki, you’ll easily forget that you’re in bustling Honolulu.
Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail
Just east of Waikiki are two trails that offer completely different views and experiences of Oahu. Arrive at Makapuu State Park and take the paved trail up for spectacular whale watching (November – April) and views of Molokai and Lanai islands, or take the lower trail for a scenic route that will lead you along the coastline. Both trails are dog friendly!
Ala Moana Center
World-class shopping is only a 5 minute walk from Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites. Ala Moana Center truly has everything for anyone. From luxury brands to casual surf wear, there is something to pine for in this expansive indoor/outdoor mall. With three floors of shopping, dining, and entertainment, you can spend all day and night at this popular retail and entertainment destination.
Royal Hawaiian Center and Luxury Row
Some of Hawaii’s best shopping is just an easy walk from your hotel. The Royal Hawaiian Center, comprised of 310,000 square feet of trendy shops and restaurants, is situated on Kalakaua Avenue. Take a stroll further down the street and you’ll find Luxury Row, which houses Tiffany & Co., Coach, Chanel, Gucci and more!
KCC Farmer's Market
Widely considered the most popular farmers’ markets on Oahu, the KCC Farmer’s Market is held each Tuesdays and Saturdays at Kapiolani Community College, located just a short drive from Waikiki. Enjoy a wide variety of local produce, locally-made products, and ono (delicious) food.
Chinatown & Downtown Honolulu
Visit Honolulu’s center of government, business, and the arts. Take a stroll through Hawaii’s history at the State Capitol, Washington Place (the governor’s mansion), Honolulu Hale (Honolulu’s City Hall), Iolani Palace, the statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church.
Historic Haleiwa Town
Nestled on Oahu’s famous North Shore is an old sugar plantation turned quaint beach town and surfing mecca. Within this walkable enclave of historic and modern buildings, you’ll find local art, food trucks, beachy boutiques, ocean activities, restaurants, and a beach park perfect for picnics or relaxing.
Ward Village Shops
From movie theaters to art studios, shopping and a wide variety of eateries, Ward Village Shops has something for everyone! Ward Village Shops include favorites like Pier 1 Imports, Nordstrom Rack, and TJ Max, but also have specialty shops you won’t find anywhere else!