Honolulu’s Best Nocturnal Activities
Want to make the most of your vacation in Honolulu? Here’s a look at hands-on activities around Honolulu during the evening hours.
Usually trips to the zoo are during the daytime hours, when the animals are the least active. Twilight Tours at the Honolulu Zoo (151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu) offers an alternative, with special evening hours every Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Educators guide guests to observe the zoo’s residents, from baboons to lions. Make sure to apply bug screen before a Twilight Tour, since mosquitoes also get active during the evening hour!
Some ghost tours can border on corny and contrived, but Mysteries of Hawaii is nothing of the sort. Master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui shares historic tales of Hawaii, from the haunted Fort Street Mall to Waikiki’s sacred sands. Walking, bus and shuttle tours run a few days a week during the evening. Read your options.
Nocturnal Adventures Hawaii has a weekly excursion on Friday nights that you won’t want to miss. Set out from Waikiki Beach on a glowing stand-up paddle board to check out marine life, watch the sunset, and take in the firework show. This popular tour is nothing short of memorable. Runs 6:15pm to 8:15pm. Book ahead on the Nocturnal Adventures Hawaii website.
Celebrate sunset with a torch lighting and hula show every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on Kuhio Beach. Bring a blanket or beach chair and grab a spot at the Kuhio Beach hula mound on Kalakaua Avenue near Uluniu Avenue. The show begins with traditional conch blowing and torch lighting, followed by authentic Hawaiian music and hula shows by Hawaiian dancers. The sunset ceremony runs roughly 6-7pm and is free.
The Diamond Head Luau is a traditional, farm-to-table luau hosted at the Waikiki Aquarium (2777 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu). Before the dinner and show begins, guests can take advantage of cultural activities like hula lessons and lei making. Enjoy a buffet that features local ingredients and recipes and a luau show as the sun sets.
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