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Ideal for: Island Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, History Buffs
Once divided from the mainland by fresh springs and streams, Waikiki means "spouting waters" in Hawaiian. Today, the name could refer to the splash of surf waves on golden beaches reserved for the top local sport, to the clear waters lapping at beaches more suited for lounging, or to the geyser of activities on this bustling beachfront paradise. But Waikiki's charms extend much farther, from its deceptively complex Pacific Rim noodle dishes to the only royal palace in the United States. Embrace the spirit of native son Duke Kahanamoku, "the father of modern surfing," and dive into Waikiki's pleasure.
Learn about a defining moment in history at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument as you explore nine compelling sites, including the striking USS Arizona Memorial located directly above the sunken ship’s remains.
Hike to the edge of a 300,000-year-old crater for unparalleled views of Oahu and the Pacific Ocean. The site sits atop a dormant volcano once used by the U.S. military as a post for preventing attacks against the city below.
Take a trip to Oahu’s legendary North Shore—just an hour north of Waikiki—to watch or partake in some of the world’s best big wave surfing. End the day with a bite to eat at one of the area’s popular shrimp trucks.
Waikiki is located on the island of Oahu’s south shore and experiences a hot, semi-dry tropical climate with average highs hovering between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 70 degrees year round. The dry season is typically April–September, while the winter months, especially December, usually see the most rainfall (however, this is also the best time for whale watching and surfing). With an average of 278 sunny days a year and water temps in the high 70s, Waikiki’s climate is ideal for hitting the beach any time of year.