The Perfect Weekend in Waikiki
There’s nothing better for summer travel than an adventure to the islands of Hawaii. First up: Oahu’s vibrant neighborhood of Waikiki. This world-famous birthplace of modern surfing is home to great culture (and a little craft beer fun, too). Here’s our perfect itinerary for a fun-packed two or three-day weekend in Waikiki.
3PM | Cocktails in the Sand at Duke's Waikiki
The perfect start to your weekend in Waikiki? An afternoon cocktail and apps on the sand (we recommend the Luksosowa potato vodka infused Cucumber Mojito), overlooking the famed Diamond Head at the crowd-pleaser Duke’s.
Duke’s at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort; Reservations recommended
6PM | Live Music under the Stars at Kani Ka Pila Grille
After freshening up, head over to the newly reopened (and refreshed!) Outrigger Reef to check out the locals-love favorite Kani Ka Pila Grille for the main course—and live Hawaiian music under the stars.
Kani Ka Pila Grille, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort; Reservations recommended
8AM | Custom-roast Coffee at Hawaii’s most Instagrammed Coffeeshop
For an insta worthy lattes and lots of Aloha vibes, grab your morning coffee at one of the island’s coolest coffeeshops.
Hawaiian Aroma Caffee, Waikiki Beachcomber
10AM | Surf (or Sand) at Waikiki Beach
In Waikiki, it’s great to hit the beach early. Want to learn to ride the waves? Faith Surf School makes it easy. They also have stand-up paddleboarding and outrigger canoe surfing for all kinds of adventuring—or just lounge oceanside by the crystalline waters.
Faith Surf School, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
7PM | Dive-In Movie at Waikiki Beachcomber
Make it the perfect relaxing evening after a busy sun-kissed day with a movie night by the pool (think family-friendly classics like "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"). Chill in the hot tub with a bit of bubbly and popcorn or apps from the poolside cafe.
Poolside, Waikiki Beachcomber; Inquire at check-in for the latest movie line-up
6AM | Sunrise Hike at Diamond Head
For breathtaking panoramic views, this short (but fairly steep) hike up the Le’ahi (a.ka. Diamond Head) volcanic cone is a must. Make sure to arrive early to savor the early-morning stillness—and be able to snag a parking spot.
Diamond Head State Monument; Recommended to arrive just before park opens at 6AM as parking fills up quickly
9AM | Learning to Hula
If you still have a little energy left for hula-ing after your hike, spend your final morning giving this traditional Polynesian dance a try. Outrigger has a range of other cool (free) classes, too—from ukulele lessons to island wood carving and lei making—if you’re able to stay a little longer.
Hula Class, Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza; RSVP at Eventbrite.com
11AM | Smoothie Bowls at Sunrise Shack
Replenish after the morning’s adventuring with an organic superfood smoothie bowls and bullet coffee at the super-cute Sunrise Shack. Created by a foursome of pro-surfers and bodyboarders, the Shack is more than just great food; it's definitely an experience (check out their cool merch onsite too).
Sunrise Shack, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
3:30PM | Happy Hour at Maui Brewing Co.
For a little well-crafted happy hour, pop over to Hawaii’s largest craft brewery just steps from the ocean on the bustling Kalakaua Avenue. Try a Big Swell IPA or the new tequila-based Street Fighter Cocktail.
Maui Brewing Co., Waikiki Beachcomber; Reservations recommended
9AM | Breakfast at Hula Grill
Hula Grill is known for sourcing ingredients straight from the land and sea - and while it's open three meals a day, breakfast happens to be the ultimate treat here. From fresh papaya and local eggs to Acai Bowls and Strawberry Mochi Waffles, there's something for everyone.
Hula Grill Waikiki, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort; Reservations recommended
11AM | Snorkeling at Queen’s Beach
With 1,200 miles of stunning coral-reef coastline and turquoise waters, snorkeling is a must while in Waikiki. Check out the Marine Life Conservation District on the south end in front of Queen’s Beach to hang out with tropical reef fish like the Humuhumu'ele'ele and black triggerfish.
Marine Life Conservation District in front of Queens Beach, between the Kapahulu Groin and the Natatorium
Bonus on way out of town
For a bonus before you head out of town, swing by the famous statues of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern-day surfing (or the King Kamehameha statue a few miles north that's seen in various scenes of Hawaii Five-O).
Got kids? See our 3 Things Kids Will Love in Waikiki post, too!