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35 Attractions Within 35 Miles

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You may want to tack an extra day onto your vacation because there are plenty of attractions in and near Waikiki that you won't want to miss. Whether you’re returning to Waikiki for an anniversary or coming for the first time, there’s always something new to see and do.
Stop by the concierge desk anytime for additional recommendations and enjoy these top 35 attractions 35 miles or less from Queen Kapiolani Hotel. 

Waikiki Attractions:

Waikiki Beach: 1 block 
The Duke Kahanamoku Statue welcomes you to one of the most popular beaches in the world.  The 2-mile stretch of sand is divided into several sections by various hotels. This is one of the best places in Hawaii to learn how to surf or paddle a canoe.

Honolulu Zoo: Across the street 
Close in proximity to Waikiki Beach and the famous Diamond Head Crater, the Honolulu Zoo adds a bit of jungle safari to your tropical vacation. An impressive collection of birds from around the world is matched only by the beauty and majesty of many animals from the African savannah. With its roots stretching as far back as 1876, what began as a three hundred-acre park has since expanded to a modern zoological wonder on fourteen acres with enclosures mimicking natural animal habitats, much like the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Kuhio Beach Park: .2 mile 
Visit the beautiful beach during the day and attend the free Beach Torchlighting and Hula Show every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, weather-permitting from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (6:00pm to 7:00pm Nov, Dec, Jan). You won’t want to miss this beautiful authentic Hawaiian show. Cameras are welcome and dress is casual.

Kapiolani Park: .3 mile 
The oldest and largest public park in Hawaii created by King Kalakaua in the 1870's.  This 500-acre park encompasses the historic Diamond Head and Honolulu Zoo in addition to Sunday Art Shows, tennis courts, soccer fields, and an archery range.  Kapiolani Park is listed on the State's Historic Register.

Lucoral Museum: .5 mile
A hidden gem in Waikiki, the Lucoral Museum offers a unique experience for visitors interested in pearls and other rare stones. Stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their jewelry making class and to explore Hawaii's precious minerals.

Waikiki Aquarium: .5 mile 
The Waikiki Aquarium is home to almost 500 species of marine plants and animals. Indoor exhibits include large, beautiful tanks that provide homes to reef sharks, an exhibit celebrating aquatic animals that utilize jet propulsion, including nautilus, octopi and squid, and many others. Jellyfish, shallow and deep coral reef exhibits and more are all on display for your education and entertainment.

Diamond Head: 1.5 miles 
Known for its absolutely incredible views and historic hiking trail, Diamond Head borders the eastern coastline of Waikiki. This beautiful crater is more than 300,000 years old and spans more than 475 acres.

Diamond Head Theatre: 1.5 miles 
In operation since 1915, this is the third oldest continuously running community theatre in the nation. Showing classics and contemporary shows, it’s worth seeing what’s playing while you’re in Honolulu.
Submarine Tour and Whale Watching Cruise: 2.3 miles 
Atlantis Adventures hosts unforgettable water tours. Whether you plan to take a sunset cruise, a memorable submarine tour, or a beautiful whale watching cruise, you will return to land with a lot of memories.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii: 2.3 miles 
Rich in history and community, you won’t want to miss the Japanese Cultural Center. Visit the Kenshikan Dojo, Seikoan Tea House, and the Manoa Grand Ballroom. Experience the festivals and take a tour of the Historical Galley.

Ala Moana Shopping: 2.4 miles 
Just minutes from Waikiki, Ala Moana Center is a premier shopping mall with over 260 restaurants and stores. Choose from a wide selection of department stores and boutiques including Macy’s, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, Emporio Armani, Gap, Le Sportsac, Prada, Gymboree, Jimmy Choo, Footlocker, Apple Store, Barnes & Noble, Hilo Hattie, Ala Moana Golf Shop and so much more. Parking is free.

Shangri La: 2.5 miles 
One of Hawai‘i’s most architecturally significant houses, Shangri La features Doris Duke’s collection of Islamic art and culture. She started collecting in the 1930’s and upon her death left the home and collection available to the public.

Hawaii Convention Center: 3 miles 
The largest exhibition center in the state of Hawaii, this facility hosts meetings, conventions, and other events for visitors and locals. The Convention Center combines cutting edge technology with authentic Hawaiian ambiance to create a unique setting perfect for corporate meetings and social conventions. The facility boasts auditorium space, exhibit halls, and beautiful outdoor areas.
Ward Village Shops: 3.2 miles
A bustling shopping center near Queen Kapolini Hotel, you’ll find more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Check out the local shops as well as the national brands. Ward Village also features a movie theater. 

Honolulu Museum of Art: 3.5 miles 
Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawaii’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. In addition, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the museum the city’s cultural hub.

Iolani Palace: 4 miles 
Described as the crown jewel of the Hawaiian monarchy, this landmark remains the only royal palace in the United States. The Iolani Palace is actually the second palace to be constructed on this site, after the original structure fell into disrepair. This was the last residence of Hawaiian monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. The palace was reopened as a museum in 1978 featuring some of the most important cultural and historical artifacts in Hawaii.
Puu Ualakaa State Park: 5 miles
Minutes from downtown Honolulu, this forested retreat on a cinder cone provides some of the best views in the city. You can hike with a friend at the start to the Ualakaa Trail and enjoy seeing sweeping view of southern O’ahu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor, including Honolulu and Manoa Valley.

Foster Botanical Garden: 5.2 miles 
An oasis of tropical greenery, this botanical garden holds one of the largest collections of tropical plants in the United States, several of which are endangered or even extinct in the world outside. Enjoy over fourteen acres of lush, tropical trees and other plants including a garden of primitive cycads, a garden displaying hybrid orchids, a butterfly-friendly garden, and a palm garden. An “economic garden” houses herbs and other plants that people use for food, textiles, dyes, and medicinal properties.
Hawaii Capitol Building: 5.5 miles
The unique architecture of Hawaii’s State Capitol building features volcano-shaped Legislative chambers as well as a large open central court area and tall supporting columns. Reflecting pools surrounding the complex symbolize the ocean around Hawaii.

King Kamehameha Statue: 5.7 miles 
Honoring the monarch who first unified the Hawaiian Islands under a single ruling family, the Statue of King Kamehameha is a gigantic gold-leaf state of King Kamehameha the Great. If you are on the island of Oahu on June 11th, stop by the statue to see a celebration of King Kamehameha Day. In a stunning ceremony, the statues are adorned with fresh lei garlands and traditional hula demonstrations are performed at the Honolulu City Capitol Building.

Lyon Arboretum: 6.1 miles 
Make sure to visit the Lyon Arboretum. The Arboretum is an important resource for the University of Hawaii and is well-loved by the community at large. Visit the Arboretum to walk the trail or view the amazing gardens. Tours are available.

Bishop Museum: 7 miles 
For lovers of Hawaiian history and culture, the Bishop Museum is a must see! Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (the last decendent of the royal Kamehameha family).  This museum features the most comprehensive collection of royal Hawaiian family heirlooms, artifacts, documents and photographs.

Pearl Harbor: 12 miles 
The Pearl Harbor Naval memorials include the USS Arizona, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Museum & Park, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. One of the most powerful parts of any trip to Oahu, many visitors are overcome with emotion by visiting such a historic place that serves as both a tribute to those serving in the protection of their country, and a memorial to those who have sacrificed their lives in its defense.

USS Arizona Memorial: 13 miles 
Perhaps the most famous of the Naval memorials, the USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the destruction of the battleship USS Arizona, part of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that led President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and marked the entrance of The United States in the Second World War. The USS Arizona Memorial experience begins with a twenty-three minute video describing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then a ferry-ride to the actual Memorial that stands above the sunken battleship.

Sealife Park: 13.8 miles 
Located just north of the Hanauma Bay Natural Preserve, Sea Life Park integrates lagoons, pools, reefs, and theaters. The main attraction is the rare opportunity to swim alongside and even touch dolphins under the watchful eye of experienced dolphin trainers. In addition to this, you’ll find a fully operating ocean park, providing dolphin and sea lion shows, a reef tank that is home to reef sharks, stingrays and tropical fish. An environment unto itself, the aquarium holds 300,000 gallons of water. Sea lion feedings and an introduction to penguins are just a few more activities that can be enjoyed.

Dole Pineapple Plantation: 26.7 miles 
Operated by the world famous Dole Food Company, the Dole Pineapple Plantation celebrates the rich and delicious history of pineapple cultivation in Hawaii. The basic grounds are free and include pineapple-cutting demonstrations. Numerous food and drink options abound at the fruit juice stand, in the gift shop and the Plantation Grille Restaurant. This plantation is also home to the world’s largest maze. Winding over three acres and including more than two miles of confusing pathways, a game including finding eight secret stations is as fun as it is confusing.

Paradise Cove Luau: 27.5 miles 
Experience one of the largest and most respected luau shows in the Hawaiian islands. Locals and visitors will enjoy the arts and culture of Hawaii and Polynesia. Visit during the day for their Shower of Flowers and Arts exhibits. Nighttime brings the breathtaking Hawaii Revue. Ask our concierge if you need help getting tickets.

Polynesian Cultural Center: 35 miles 
The Church of Latter Day Saints founded the Polynesian Cultural Center in 1963 to preserve the cultures of Polynesia.  Visitors can immerse themselves in several Polynesian cultures thanks to replica villages which include: Hawaii, Samoa, Aotearoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga and the Marquesas Islands. Each village presents their influence on Hawaiian culture through art, food, music, and dance performances.

Waikiki Shell:.5 miles

With world-famous Diamond Head for a backdrop and Waikiki Beach just across the street, the Waikiki Shell is a unique venue for outdoor concerts and other large gatherings. This magnificent shell-shaped facility – with its acoustically sophisticated stage, is an ideal location for twilight concerts, featuring balmy skies, lush greenery and of course – the Entertainment. You’ll find no other setting like this in the world!