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Experience Exhilarating Oahu

Hawaii’s Gathering Place

Known as “the gathering place,” Oahu is Hawaii’s most populous island and home to world-famous Waikiki, Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, the state’s capital of Honolulu, and Iolani Palace, the royal residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs.

Oahu is also known for its scenic beauty; thrilling outdoor activities; multiethnic art, culture, and history; and world-class shopping and dining. Become one with nature while hiking up to the top of the majestic Diamond Head Crater and be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views. Marvel at fiery sunsets on a catamaran cruise or a leisurely jog through Ala Moana Beach Park.

Watch awe-inspiring surfers ride monster waves at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay on Oahu's North Shore. Cool down with some sweet, colorful shave ice or dig into unforgettable mouthwatering farm-to-table offerings at James Beard Award-winning restaurants in downtown Chinatown. These are just a few of the unique experiences that await you on your exciting journey across Oahu – all within reach during your stay at Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites.

Outdoor Activities

Catamaran Cruise

Set sail on a captivating Waikiki catamaran cruise. Snorkel with Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu) while enjoying magnificent views of Diamond Head. Some catamarans also offer activities like whale watching and fishing.

Diamond Head Crater

Trek the moderately challenging ascent to the top of Diamond Head (Leahi), a historic trail with a legacy dating back to 1908. Revel in panoramic views from the summit lookout point, gazing upon Waikiki, Honolulu and, on clear days, the vast horizon extending to the neighboring islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Maui.

Surf Lessons

Dive into Hawaii’s legendary surfing culture with an exhilarating surf lesson from local surf instructors. Feel the thrill of riding the waves at Waikiki Beach or test your balance with a standup paddle boarding session. Hang loose and embrace the easy-going soul surfer's spirit.

Hanauma Bay

Spend the day snorkeling through the crystal-clear waters of Hanauma Bay, a picturesque nature preserve committed to ocean conservation and education. Located in East Oahu, this popular beach is home to a wide variety of marine life, some of which are found nowhere else.

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Discover two captivating trails just east of Waikiki, each offering unique perspectives of Oahu's breathtaking landscapes. Ascend the paved trail at Makapuu State Park for unparalleled whale watching (November – April) and panoramic views on a clear day of Molokai and Lanai. Or choose the lower trail for a scenic coastal route that unveils the island's natural beauty at every turn.

Honolulu Zoo

Attention animal lovers! Discover the wild side of Waikiki at the Honolulu Zoo right next door. Its 42-acre habitat is home to over 900 fascinating creatures. Explore diverse animal and plant exhibits, enjoy the café, and engage in fun, educational programs for the entire family.

Shopping

Kakaako Farmers Market

Indulge in a culinary adventure at the Saturday Farmers Market in Kakaako, Oahu's largest weekend market boasting 150 local vendors. The market is a paradise for food enthusiasts, from mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches and burgers to spicy hand-pulled You Po Noodles and hand-tossed pizza.

International Market Place

International Market Place is a dynamic Waikiki destination that blends retail, dining, entertainment, and the natural splendor of its large iconic banyan tree. Amidst the open-air shopping environment adorned with water features and Hawaiian landscaping, indulge in outdoor dining under the stars at the Grand Lanai, making every moment a celebration of the island's charm.

Ala Moana Center

Indulge in world-class shopping just a 5-minute stroll from Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites at Ala Moana Center. From luxury brands to casual surf wear and everything in between, you’ll find it all at this expansive indoor/outdoor mall that includes a large food court, restaurants and an entertainment stage.

Arts, Culture & History

Honolulu Museum of Art

Experience the vibrant arts scene at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where you can enjoy independent films, new exhibits, and hands-on art classes. Beyond being a museum, HoMA is a hub dedicated to Hawaii's ethnically diverse arts community, showcasing visual arts, arts education, performing arts, films, and enriching public programs that reflect the museum's distinctive Pacific location.

Iolani Palace

Step back in time at Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaiian royalty from 1882 until the kingdom’s overthrow in 1893. Nestled in Honolulu's business and government district, this national historic landmark invites you to explore its immaculate grounds. Witness the palace's state-of-the-art amenities of its time, including indoor plumbing, electric lighting, and even a telephone.

Capitol Modern Art Museum

Step into the allure of the 1920s-era No. 1 Capitol District Building, nestled beneath lush monkeypod trees adjacent to the State Capitol. Uncover this hidden gem situated within the historic former YMCA building. The Hawaii State Art Museum, reintroduced as Capitol Modern, invites you to experience its contemporary art galleries and captivating exhibits.

Bishop Museum

The history of Hawaii and the Pacific comes to life at Honolulu's Bishop Museum, the largest museum dedicated to preserving this cultural legacy. Originally designed to house the royal artifacts of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the museum has evolved into the premier institution for natural and cultural history in the Pacific. Explore the wonders of traditional Hawaiian celestial navigation in the planetarium and discover Hawaiʻi's unique natural environment at the interactive Science Adventure Center.

Dine & Drink

Chinatown & Downtown Honolulu

Spend the afternoon in Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu, two of Hawai‘i's most historic neighborhoods. Formerly home to plantation-era Chinese immigrants, Chinatown has evolved into a lively, eclectic community, offering numerous shops, eateries, bars, museums, and theaters.

Our Kakaako

Experience the vibrant tapestry of Our Kaka‘ako, a dynamic urban island community bursting with colorful street murals, distinctive restaurants, and trendy boutiques. Recognized as one of Honolulu’s most popular places to live, work, play, and visit, this exciting, walkable and progressive neighborhood spans nine city blocks in the heart of Kaka‘ako.

STIX

Dig into the culinary delights of Stix Asia, a foodie haven boasting nearly 20 dining concepts and a diverse array of offerings – from authentic udon noodles from Osaka to street food from multiple Asian cities. Savor Japanese nabe, spicy tteokbokki, and soft-serve swirled ice cream, all within a space that recreates the ambiance of Japan’s restaurant-lined streets.

Haleiwa Town

Explore Oahu's renowned North Shore, where an old sugar plantation was transformed into a charming beach town and surfing haven. Stroll through this picturesque enclave featuring historic buildings, local art, beachy boutiques, delectable food trucks and restaurants, and a variety of ocean activities.

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