Step onto the long stretch of white sand that makes Waikiki Beach the ideal place to relax, play and make memories. You’ll find crowds of people making their way from the water to the shops and restaurants along Kalakaua Avenue towards Waikiki Beach Walk, Luxury Row, and the Royal Hawaiian Center.

You’ll also see tourists and locals alike catching a wave, paddle boarding or snorkeling on the south shore from sunrise to sunset. Waikiki’s white sand beaches are where Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian freestyle swimmer and surf legend, made surfing popular in the early 1900s, and continues to be an icon today.

In Hawaiian, Waikiki means, “spouting fresh waters” because of the numerous springs and streams that came from the surrounding Koolau Mountains and surrounding valleys. There is so much to explore on this island, from Native Hawaiian history and culture to the urban cityscapes of Honolulu.