Why Waikiki is Where It’s At
Planning a trip to Oahu and not sure where to stay? Waikiki is where it’s at! Here are five reasons to choose Waikiki.
Waikiki is a great launchpad for discovering Honolulu and the rest of Oahu, with accessible day trips to the North Shore, Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor or the famous Makapuu Lighthouse. To learn about day trips and transportation options, ask the travel experts at Pleasant Holidays, located on the third floor of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel - or call 808-922-8363.
Waikiki has front-row views of Diamond Head, a volcano crater estimated to be 500,000 years old. Just two miles from the edge of Waikiki, this symbol of Oahu is also a popular hiking excursion. If you’re not keen on scaling a volcano crater, you can still enjoy epic views of this beloved state monument from Kuhio Beach.
3. Kuhio Beach
Kick back under the shade of a palm tree at this gorgeous beach. The offshore seawall ensures calm waters for all ages. Toward the west end of the beach, hula and torch-lighting shows are free to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This activity combined with Kuhio’s stunning sunsets create a supreme evening that Waikiki is famous for.
Malls, shopping centers and boutiques make sure everyone’s shopping tastes are covered during their Waikiki vacation. Visit the global food court and high-end retail at the International Market Place, browse elegant boutiques at Luxury Row, shop local design at the six-level Waikiki Shopping Center, or check out the shops at the spacious Royal Hawaiian Center.
There’s never a dull moment in Waikiki. Kalakaua Avenue is a popular site for parades and street festivals, such as the annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, Waikiki Spam Jam, and much more. Kapiolani Park attracts live music and cultural gatherings (such as Lei Day) at the park’s Waikiki Band Shell.
Choose Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki
Interested in the food, culture, and sites of Oahu? Choose a hotel located right in the middle of it. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is your best pick in Waikiki, conveniently located on Kalakaua Avenue, right across the street from Kuhio Beach. Plan your trip today and be part of the Coconut Club, which gets you rooftop access with amazing views and other perks you won’t find anywhere else. Read more.