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Waikiki AREA III – Heart of Waikiki

The true “heart” of Waikiki with the Royal Hawaiian on one side, and Moana Surfrider and Duke Kahanamoku statue on the other.

  • This is where Waikiki began, an area rich in history and nostalgia
  • The first hotel built in Waikiki, Moana Surfrider, anchors this section
  • Home to Waikiki’s most iconic hotel, The Royal Hawaiian, a romantic area to roam around
  • Marking what is considered the center of Waikiki is the Duke Kahanamoku statue
  • Find some of Waikiki’s largest hotels are here including Sheraton Waikiki (1600+ rooms), Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort (1200+ rooms) and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (1100+ rooms)
  • Waikiki’s most concentrated area of hotels and resorts
  • This section of Kuhio Avenue and side streets are dense with restaurants, bars and retail shops
  • Discount shopping opportunities at Duke’s Marketplace, Nordstrom Rack and Ross Dress for Less
  • Houses the reimagined International Market Place with a 160-year-old Banyan Tree, 100+ stores, and a restaurant-filled “Grand Lanai” balcony
  • This is where the most popular Waikiki beaches reside
  • For a list of Hotels located in each Waikiki AREA please download the Free Waikiki Map


Image Credit: Ryan Tishken