I created a Free Waikīkī Map with our future guests in mind, but whether you’re staying in one of our vacation rentals or not, we hope you’ll find it useful for pre-planning your best stay in Waikīkī.

The map divides Waikīkī into four sections. Here’s my take on the different areas of Waikīkī and the pros of staying in each one.

  • Waikīkī Area I: Gateway to Waikīkī
  • Waikīkī Area II: Entertainment Hotspot
  • Waikīkī Area III: Heart of Waikīkī
  • Waikīkī Area IV: Quiet End of Town

Waikīkī Area I: Gateway to Waikīkī

Aerial View over Ala Wai Boat Harbor, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Aerial view over Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Waikīkī [Image Credit: Daniel De Petro]

Far west of Waikīkī spanning from Ward Village and Kakaʻako to Ala Moana Center, Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.

  • Most accessible hotels and resorts to and from the Honolulu’s Airport
  • The closest area to key shopping hotspots including Ala Moana Center, Ward Village Shops, and big-box brand stores like Walmart and Target
  • Best access to Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island lagoon, a locals recreation area that’s also great for jogging
  • A nice marina atmosphere with harbor views (rather than beach frontage)
  • It’s a comfortable walking distance to Hawaii Convention Center
  • Relatively close to Kakaʻako, a cool neighborhood full of street art, cafes and restaurants, bars and breweries, and boutique shops
  • Home to Hilton Hawaiian Village, a destination in itself where guests and non-guests can explore over 70 retail shops and 20 food outlets on-property
  • Close to Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, while situated at Hilton Hawaiian Village it’s actually a public lagoon for everyone to enjoy
  • Fishermen will appreciate its proximity to Keawalo Basin where fishing charters depart from
  • Honolulu Farmers Market (Wed 4-7pm) and Kakaʻako Farmers Market (Sat 8am-12pm)
  • Food Pantry on Hobron Lane is a grocery store in Waikīkī within walking distance
  • For a list of Hotels located in each Waikīkī AREA please download the Free Waikīkī Map

Waikīkī Area II: Entertainment Hotspot

Waikiki Beach Walk, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikīkī Beach Walk precinct on Lewers St in Waikiki [Image Credit: Phillip B. Espinasse]
  • Where the main Avenues of Kalākaua and Kuhio begin to fork, this area features the Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment precinct.
  • Waikīkī Beach Walk, a two-level open-air mall that offers a free entertainment program with weekly activities, markets and live music nightly
  • Free ukulele lessons at The Ukulele Store and great one-of-a-kind local boutiques like Mahina, Noa Noa, Island Sole and more
  • Best access to Fort De Russy Beach Park, a great hangout thanks to its oceanfront grasslands and BBQ grill facilities
  • Includes Luxury Row with lots of high-end retail stores
  • It has Waikīkī’s main pharmacy (chemist) called Long’s Drugs incorporating a Minute Clinic (doctor) on-site
  • Home of the Waikīkī Shore, Waikiki’s only beachfront condos (apartments)
  • Offers Waikīkī’s widest strip of sand at Duke Kahanamoku Beach
  • Lewers Street is dominated by Waikiki’s late-night pubs including Kelley O’Neil’s and Bacchus Waikiki
  • Find one of the best restaurant streets in Waikīkī, Beach Walk, with Tommy Bahama’s and Hard Rock Cafe
  • Listen to live Hawaiian music nightly at Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
  • Home to Waikīkī’s only 24-hour restaurant Denny’s on Lewers Street
  • Everything you need can be found within a short walk
  • For a list of Hotels located in each Waikīkī AREA please download the Free Waikīkī Map

Waikīkī Area III: Heart of Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Resort, Waikiki, Oahu
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort [Image Credit: Ryan Tishken]
  • The true “heart” of Waikīkī with the Royal Hawaiian on one side, and Moana Surfrider and Duke Kahanamoku statue on the other.
  • This is where Waikīkī began, an area rich in history and nostalgia
  • The first hotel built in Waikīkī, Moana Surfrider, anchors this section
  • Home to Waikīkī’s most iconic hotel, The Royal Hawaiian, a romantic area to roam around
  • Marking what is considered the center of Waikīkī is the Duke Kahanamoku statue
  • Find some of Waikīkī’s largest hotels are here including Sheraton Waikiki (1600+ rooms), Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort (1200+ rooms) and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (1100+ rooms)
  • Waikīkī’s most concentrated area of hotels and resorts
  • This section of Kūhiō 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 Waikīkī beaches reside
  • For a list of Hotels located in each Waikīkī AREA please download the Free Waikīkī Map

Waikīkī Area IV: Quiet End of Town

Kapiolani Park and Waikiki Skyline, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
The Waikīkī skyline as viewed from Kapiolani Park [Image Credit: Ryan Tishken]
  • The quieter east side of Waikīkī by the rock wall extending to the “Gold Coast” local strip, close to Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head.
  • Home to Kūhiō Beach Park featuring a rock wall that creates a protected ocean pool (ideal for kids)
  • This is where locals come to swim because these far east beaches are less frequented
  • Kapiolani Park, Honolulu’s “central park”, is on your doorstep
  • The location of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, family-friendly attractions
  • Home of the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, once an ocean water public swimming pool (sadly, now dilapidated)
  • Waikīkī’s hostels are close together around Lemon Road
  • Hula’s, Waikīkī’s most well-known gay bar and an excellent spot for dancing daily from 9pm!
  • Walking distance to Monsarrat Avenue, a trendy local street with tonnes of eateries and boutiques
  • Direct access to Kapahulu Avenue, nicknamed the “foodie street” with fantastic local eats
  • You’ll find quite a few food trucks dotted around this area
  • Awesome fine dining restaurants along the “Gold Coast” including Hau Tree and Michel’s at the Colony Surf
  • For a list of Hotels located in each Waikīkī AREA please download the Free Waikīkī Map