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The Waikiki Beat

Learn about the happenings in Waikiki from the people who know it best. Read The Waikiki Beat for our insight into great restaurants, cultural festivals, events, and more.

  • Celebrate Local Culture with Honolulu Festival
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    Celebrate Local Culture with Honolulu Festival

    If there’s one thing that Honolulu locals love, it’s celebrations. However, the 26th Annual Honolulu Festival is more than just an excuse to dress up in traditional garments and parade through the streets: it’s also an opportunity to show respect and admiration for the diverse culture that has shaped Honolulu through the years.

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  • Chinese New Year Celebration Waikiki Edition
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    Chinese New Year Celebration Waikiki Edition

    On January 25, the world says goodbye to the pig and hello to the rat. Don’t worry, this is, of course, about the Chinese New Year and not about the actual animals. If you’re visiting Waikiki this January, you’ll be glad to know that you can welcome in the new Chinese year with a grand celebration at Chinatown Cultural Plaza.

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  • A World-Class Fireworks Display for a World-Class Beach
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    A World-Class Fireworks Display for a World-Class Beach

    With some of the most pristine shorelines in the world, it’s hard to imagine how Waikiki’s beaches could become even more majestic. Tons of soft, gentle sand among a backdrop of crystal-clear water and friendly faces already sounds like perfection, but on New Year’s Eve, this destination will explode with color and energy.

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  • Marvel at a Living Piece of Royal History
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    Marvel at a Living Piece of Royal History

    Honolulu has no shortage of festivals and parades that can sometimes go on for days. However, Honolulu also has a more royal aspect of its culture due to its place as the seat of power of Hawaii’s old monarchy. This monarchy ruled over the vast domain from the Iolani Palace and now you can visit this palace and experience Hawaiin royalty for yourself!

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  • Trick-or-Treat Done Right
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    Trick-or-Treat Done Right

    This Halloween, you may feel like your family-friendly options are pretty limited while on vacation, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t waste your time deciding where the best trick-or-treat spots are because we can take all of the guesswork out of this decision. On October 31 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, your family is invited to the Kahala Mall for some Halloween fun.

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  • Take to the Streets at the 67th annual Waikiki Hoolaulea Festival
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    Take to the Streets at the 67th annual Waikiki Hoolaulea Festival

    Waikiki is so much more than hula dances and sunshine, but there’s no need to kid ourselves: those two are still pretty important. 

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  • The Great Waikiki Beer Festival
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    The Great Waikiki Beer Festival

    Picture this: the sun is beginning to set behind a beautiful Waikiki backdrop as the ocean waves undulate back and forth between the songs of the birds in the sky. 

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  • Trek Through a State Monument
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    Trek Through a State Monument

    Assuming that you arrived in beautiful Waikiki via airplane, we'll go ahead and assume that you noticed the giant 475-acre crater lining the south side of the island. 

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  • Mango Jam Jamboree
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    Mango Jam Jamboree

    How exciting is it to live in a world where candy just grows on trees? If you’re visiting Hawaii and this isn’t normally the case for you, then you’ve come to the right place. 

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  • Celebrate a Day of Remembrance with Lantern Float Hawaii
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    Celebrate a Day of Remembrance with Lantern Float Hawaii

    Memorial Day is meant to be a day dedicated to remembering and preserving the memories of departed loved ones. Everyone pays homage in different ways but Hawaiians have a very special ceremony. 

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  • Stock Up at Ala Moana Center
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    Stock Up at Ala Moana Center

    When you get to the point that your feet can’t move and your arms can’t paddle, it may be time to take a little time for yourself with some well-earned rest and relaxation. 

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  • Be One With the Beach
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    Be One With the Beach

    Waikiki may be a diverse place with tons of fun activities going on at any given time, but there’s no need to kid ourselves: the world-famous beaches are the cream of the crop. 

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  • Swing the Day Away
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    Swing the Day Away

    A quick aerial view of Waikiki shows magnificent skylines juxtaposed with almost four miles of a giant green patch. Yes, we’re still in Honolulu, not Central Park, New York. That lush green patch happens to be the famous Ala Wai Golf Course. 

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  • Get Wild at the Honolulu Zoo
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    Get Wild at the Honolulu Zoo

    Surreal beaches and enchanting sunsets attract visitors from all over the world to Honolulu, but us humans are not alone in our love for this paradise! Honolulu Zoo is conveniently located half of a mile away from Royal Grove Waikiki.

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  • Eat Like A Local
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    Eat Like A Local

    Honolulu is home to a unique and exciting culinary scene. The metropolitan center of Hawaii, Oahu has a variety of excellent restaurants that visitors can choose from. Eat like a local in small neighborhoods like Kapahulu or Haleiwa or dine in high style at some of Hawaii's finest restaurants.

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