Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii
Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

Kalakaua Avenue - Waikiki Aquarium - Diamond Head Trail

WAIKIKI is a neighborhood on the southeast coast of the island of Oahu, in the city of Honolulu. Waikiki is one of the most famous and popular travel places in the world. In the past, it was the leisure spot of Hawaiian royalty. In more recent times, it is a favorite spot of local surfers as well as international travelers.

Kalakaua Avenue is the main street through Waikiki. On the beginning part of Kalakaua, lies the spectacular Hawaii Convention Center. On the middle part of Kalakaua, there are numerous hotels and brand-named luxury stores. The sidewalks are relatively wide and crowded by Hawaiian standards. In recent years, large parts of Kalakaua have been reconstructed to appear more modern.

On the southeast edge of Waikiki, sits the Waikiki Aquarium at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue. The aquarium showcases tropical fishes, seals, sea cucumbers and marine life found in Hawaii and the Pacific. The adult admission price is $9 and it should provide any visitor with an enjoyable and educational experience for a least an hour.

For active travelers, Waikiki has a hiking trail that ends at a spectacular lookout on the crater rim of Diamond Head Crater. Diamond Head has never contained any diamonds. Some of the minerals found there were mistakenly believed to be diamonds by early settlers. The trail starts inside the central area of the crater, which is accessible via a road beginning near the Kapiolani Community College. Unlike many other trails in Hawaii, this one is has little protection from the sun due to a lack of trees and can cause dehydration, so be sure to bring water. A very interesting feature of the trail are tunnels that hikers travel through. Diamond Head was a military outpost during the war and troops watched for enemy planes from bunkers on the crater rim.