While the weather in Hawaii is mostly agreeable if not always perfect, in every place you must endure the elements. If you find yourself rained out while in paradise, don’t think of it as a loss. There’s a lot to do around Waikiki and Honolulu indoors – so seize the opportunity! Here are some local activities to fill a rainy day.
What better way to spend a rainy day than with a visit to the mall? It’s easy to spend hours in the Ala Moana Center, which is the largest outdoor mall in the world with over 350 stores and the best food court on the island. You may also consider a trip to the Waikele Premium Outlets, located 20 miles northwest of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Shop Honolulu using our local guide.
The designated Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History is the state’s largest museum and exhibits a fascinating collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts. Learn about Hawaiian natural history and its volcanoes or gaze at stars in the planetarium. Kids can interact and engage at the hands-on science center. Plus, Bishop Museum’s traveling exhibits ensure that there’s always something new to see. Open daily 9-5pm. Get ticket info.
Hang out with giant clams, clownfish, and Hawaiian monk seals during your rainy day in Waikiki. Located less than a 10-minute walk from the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, the local aquarium is small compared to other mainland ones, but admission is fair. It offers guests a look at nature with protection from the elements – a favorite for hot or rainy days. Open 9-5pm daily. Buy tickets.
If you’re walking, take a left on Kalakaua Avenue and continue straight; the aquarium will be located on the right.
If you’re driving, take a right on Paoakalani Avenue then a right on Lemon Road. Then, take a left on Kalakaua Avenue. The aquarium will be on the right. Street and metered parking available.
Disconnect with a trip to this phenomenal art museum in Honolulu. Top-notch programming consists of monthly art parties, daily film screenings, and cultural performances. Permanent collections include Hawaiian woodblock prints – nothing like you’ll see anywhere else – bold textiles, as well as European works through the centuries and more than 23,000 Asian art pieces. The onsite café and restaurant serves surprisingly good fare. Open daily from 10-4:30pm, closed Mondays. Read more.
Visit the royal palace that was once home to Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs. See the patchwork of Queen Liliuokalani while she was imprisoned in the palace, impressive American Florentine architecture, and spotless palace grounds. Read our ‘Iolani Palace guide to plan your trip to this significant cultural site in Honolulu.
For stunning ocean views and quick access to Kalakaua Avenue, Kuhio Beach and all of Waikiki, check out our special offers at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.