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Honolulu's Waikiki Neighborhood

© Noe Dewitt Houses below Diamond Head, with Waikiki in the distance.

Photo: Noe Dewitt

This all-American stretch of Hawaii has had its share of identity crises. But paradise is still paradise.

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Destinations: Honolulu · Sunset Beach

Inspired by: The Hawaiian Paradise of Waikiki — by Guy Trebay, Published Oct. 2008

Hotels (7)

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    Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk

    Just a block from the ocean, this all-suite hotel consists of two 21-story towers framing the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping mall, which houses 40 sto

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    Outrigger Reef

    With direct access to Waikiki Beach, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach resort has a decidedly Hawaiian feel, from historic canoe art at the reception

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    Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa

    Meticulously restored 1901 Beaux-Arts property—the first hotel on Waikiki Beach—with an Old Hawaii vibe (afternoon tea is de rigueur), plus one of

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    Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

    The expansive Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest resort in Hawaii, is comprised of five towers housing 3,386 guest rooms and offers on-site ameni

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    Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

    Iconic, surfer-filled Waikiki—so famous that its image has even been printed on tens of thousands "aloha shirts"—is almost always full of tourists

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    Halekulani

    Service rules at this recently renovated 5-acre Waikiki Beach beauty, which has existed for nearly a century. The Orchid Suite, the newest of the h

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    Kahala Hotel & Resort

    Oahu classic—fresh from a three-year, $52 million renovation—with thoughtful in-room details (Egyptian-cotton linens; chenille robes; oversize rain

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Restaurants (3)

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    Nobu, Waikiki

    Located inside the Waikiki Parc Hotel, this upscale Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant is part of an international chain owned by world-renowned c

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    House Without a Key

    Grab a deceptive mai tai at this open-air beachfront bar and restaurant.

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    Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    D.K. Kodama, a third-generation Japanese American, founded this Asian-fusion restaurant, whose name translates in Japanese to “third generation.” K

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Activities (8)

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    Bishop Museum

    Probably the best museum complex in the world for everything Polynesian (as well as Melanesian and Micronesian), the Bishop is Hawaii’s most famous

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    Bob's Ukulele

    Bob’s sells one product mainly, the evocative and characteristically Hawaiian four-string guitar. There are ukes of ribbon-grained koa that cost hu

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    Honolulu Museum of Art

    The Honolulu Museum of Art is home to a 60,000-piece collection of art, with an emphasis on Asian works, including Buddhist and Shinto sculptures a

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    Honolulu Zoo

    Make the trip to the zoo, pausing to inspect a massive immobile tortoise taking a dust bath, then gawping at the unlikely spectacle of an ambulatin

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    'Iolani Palace

    A National Historical Landmark, ‘Iolani Palace is the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. Built by King Kalakaua in 1882, the fortress was hom

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    Kapiolani Park

    Located at the east end of Waikiki, Kapiolani Park is home to Hawaii’s famous Diamond Head (a volcanic crater), as well as the Honolulu Zoo. The pa

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    Waikiki Beach Walk

    In the 1990’s the project committed $585 million in public and private funds to transform eight acres of dive bars and budget hotels within an elbo

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    Ted's Bakery

    What: This family-owned shop in Sunset Beach is splashed with a deep-sea graffiti mural.

    Who: The Nakamuras serve solid renditions of fish sandwic

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