Looking for things to do in Oahu while you are vacationing? Waikiki Trolley can help get you to all the destinations and more. There so many options of things to do in Oahu. Honolulu is the most populated city in the state of Hawaii with 350,000 people. Waikiki is a neighborhood in the city of Honolulu that is known for having the most beautiful beaches in the world. Waikiki is about 4 square miles of high-rises, beautiful hotels and unique shopping. Waikiki beach is amazing, with its majestic turquoise water, is any vacationers paradise. Spend the day playing on the beach or visit the attractions.
When you get a 4 day pass on the Waikiki Trolly you actually can use it 4 days in the course of a week. Want a day of watching the waves and doing nothing, go for it! It’s the perfect middle ground for people who like to plan and those who don’t.
1. Honolulu Zoo
Tucked away in Queen Kapiolani Park on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki is the 42-acre Honolulu Zoo. The best time to visit is right when the Zoo opens at 9 am during the week, weekends are more crowded. The Honolulu Zoo is located on the Waikiki Trolley’s Green Line and is a fan favorite of things to do in Oahu.
2. Waikiki Aquarium
The Waikiki Aquarium is located in Queen Kapiolani Park on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki. It is the second oldest aquarium in the United States. It opened in 1904 and is operated by the University of Hawaii. Parking is very minimal there, conveniently, it is a stop on the Green Line.
3. Duke’s on Sunday
The song Duke’s on Sunday written by Henry Kapono and famously covered by Jimmy Buffett is actually a weekly party for all ages that happens at Duke’s Restaurant. Duke’s Waikiki is an American seafood restaurant and bar located in the Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort and is a great thing to do in Oahu. On Sunday get there about 4pm and dance to Henry Kapono and his band on the beach through sunset.
4. Shop the 350+ stores in Ala Moana Center
Get lost in the largest open-air shopping mall in the world. Ala Moana Center has everything from luxury stores to local, mom and pop shops. They hold events at Center Stage every day like Hula Shows and coming up are the Royal Hawaiian Band and Tahiti Mana Tahitian Dance School performances. Waikiki Trolly Pink Line stops at Ala Moana Center every 10 minutes.
5. Beach Sunset Yoga Hawaii
If you have tight muscles from your long flight or are in need of some serious relaxation Beach Sunset Yoga Hawaii is the answer. They are located at Queen’s Beach in Queen Kapiolani Park right beside the Waikiki Aquarium. Choose between their morning class at 9 am and their sunset yoga class. The experience is one of a kind with the birds chirping in the park, the grass beneath your feet and the sun setting over Waikiki.
6. Eat Free Samples at Honolulu Cookie Company
The cookies at Honolulu Cookie Company are the best. Yum! Honolulu Cookie Company lets you sample a wide variety of shortbread cookies with very little judgement. There are over 10 stores just in Waikiki so the next cookie store is just around the corner. Their cookies assortments are the perfect gift to bring back to the office or keep for yourself. It’s one of the best things to do on Oahu.
7. Explore the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor
The USS Battleship Missouri Memorial also known as the Mighty Mo is a World War II decommissioned battleship. The ship itself is the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended WWII. Located in Pearl Harbor the Mighty Mo is easy to get to from the Waikiki Trolley’s Purple Line. Most people spend about 2 hours at the USS Battleship Missouri and a total 4.5 hours at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
8. Drink A Tiki’s 1944 Mai Tai
Tiki’s Grill and Bar is located in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel which is a stop along the Red, Pink, Yellow, and Purple lines of the Waikiki Trolley. The signature 1944 Mai Tai has light rum, dark rum and orange curacao with fresh juice and Tiki’s signature Licor 43 passion fruit foam. Every day they have happy hour from 2 – 5 pm and local music throughout the evening.
9. Iolani Palace
Built in 1845 by King Keaweaweʻula Kīwalaʻō Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa Kalani Waiakua Kalanikau Iokikilo Kīwalaʻō i ke kapu KamehamehaIolani or simply King Kamehameha III, Iolani Palace is the only residence of royalty in the United States. The palace has been everything from a royal home, to a prison for queen, and now a museum to share the rich culture of Hawaii. The Palace has been meticulously restored and curators are constantly adding to the collection. If you visited Iolani Palace 10 years ago it looks completely different now.
10. Visit a Real Fishing Village at Pier 38
Along the Purple Line on the Waikiki Trolley is Pier 38. There are restaurants, fishing boats and a Fish Auction modeled after the Tsukiji fish market in Japan. Nico’s Pier 38 restaurant features French & Hawaiian styles using locally sourced seafood. Walk around and talk to fisherman, make it there really early in the morning and see the array of fish they are bringing in for the day it’s a thing to do on Oahu.
11. Explore Kakaako
If you like up and coming neighborhoods, Kakaako is the place for you. Previously the area was an industrial community. Now there are beautiful condos, flourishing new businesses and murals on just about every wall. Yearly, artists come from all over the world to a week long art event in Kakaako called Pow Wow. You can see art from Shepard Fairey, Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar. Kakaako’s salt is a stop on the Waikiki Trolley’s Red Line the Cultural Honolulu Tour. It is called Salt because that area was where salt was harvested before the area was developed.
12. Delight Over Leonard’s Malasadas
Leonard’s has been a hawaii favorite for over 60 years it’s a great thing to do on Oahu. Their Malasadas are round doughnuts with no hole and are best eaten hot. Choose yours with cinnamon and sugar or li hing. Leonard’s also can fill your hot malasada with custard, chocolate or their flavor of the month (this month is pineapple). Stop off and get a warm malasada when you ride the Honolulu Dining Express Yellow Trolley Line.
13. Get a Leid in Chinatown
Explore Chinatown on the Cultural Honolulu Tour Red Line. Along the streets of Chinatown are tiny flower shops with aunties making all kinds of lei. Chinatown is known to have the most beautiful lei. Some lei like tuberose and puakenikeni smell delicious. Other lei like maile, orchid and crown flowers have no smell but look beautiful.
14. Watch the sunset
It goes without saying but Hawaii has the most beautiful sunsets in the world so take some time while you are here to enjoy it. In the summer the sun sets to the west of Waikiki and in the winter the sun sets on the water directly in Waikiki. Cloudy days provide dreamy sunsets perfect for taking pictures to make your friends and family jealous of your trip. Did you even go to Hawaii for vacation if you don’t relax on the beach and watch the sun set?