A Local's Itinerary for a Weekend in Waikiki
No one knows Waikiki, and the activities to do here, better than the people who call it home. The best things to do in Waikiki run the gamut - and we’ve tried to include them all. If you’re ready to start planning your local’s itinerary for a weekend in Waikiki, let’s get started! Keep reading for an offer available exclusively to locals.
Due to COVID-19, activities mentioned may become unavailable at any time. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and facility websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting.
Begin the weekend by checking in at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Our hotel is located in the heart of Waikiki and just steps from the white sands of Waikiki Beach, Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, and Kapiʻolani Park. Comfortable guest rooms and spacious suites with views, on-site dining options, and a crystal-clear pool give you the comfort you need to get in that vacation state of mind.
After getting settled, toast to the weekend with a glass of starfruit sangria at Tiki’s Grill & Bar, located on the third floor of the hotel. The casual restaurant overlooks Waikiki and offers lanai seating, beautiful sunset views, and live music featuring local musicians. Their Pacific-Rim menu features innovative, flavorful dishes like macadamia nut pie and slow-braised shredded Kalua pork smothered in housemade guava barbeque sauce.
Dedicate your first day in Waikiki to the beach and surrounding area. Waikiki Beach’s gentle surf and sandy bottom has long been an alluring destination for travelers and locals alike. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel provides guests with everything they need for a day at the beach, including beach chairs and towels, reef-friendly sunscreen, and a GoPro camera for the day. After a few hours on the sand, stroll along Kalakaua Avenue where you’ll find an abundance of plazas, boutiques, restaurants, live entertainment, and luxury shopping destinations like the International Market Place, Luxury Row, and the Royal Hawaiian Center. Looking to support your neighbors? We have an entire post dedicated to high-quality apparel made by locals. How you spend the rest of your day dining, drinking, browsing, and resting is entirely up to you. There’s no shortage of nearby tasty options.
It’s day two and our schedule is just as packed. Opt for a morning at the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, or Kapiʻolani Regional Park, the largest and second-oldest public park in Hawaiʻi. The oceanfront park serves as a border between Waikiki and Diamond Head. Fill the rest of the day with a hike up the Diamond Head trail. The summit is just over 2 miles from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Check out our post with everything you need to know about the 500-foot ascent to the summit. If you have time to spare, we recommend unwinding with a sunset cruise departing from the beach. There are plenty of catamaran options to choose from. No matter how many times you’ve made the trek to Waikiki, one thing is simply undeniable - you’ll find it difficult to leave.
Are you ready for the full weekend experience? There’s only one way to experience it, and that’s in person. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is your best pick in Waikiki. We continue to be inspired by how the community comes together to support one another. So, in thanks, we would like to invite kama'aina, or Hawaiʻi residents, to be our guest. Book our LOVE HAWAIʻI package to enjoy an exclusive offer of up to 20% off, plus complimentary valet parking, a waived Resort Fee, and so much more. Read more.