Insider’s Guide: Shoreline Hotel Employees Share Must-Try Experiences for Your Waikiki Stay

January 8, 2024


Embarking on a tropical adventure in Oahu? Let the Shoreline Hotel team guide you through the must-try experiences that will make your vacation unforgettable. Our staff, true locals at heart, have spilled their favorite hidden gems, off-the-beaten-path treasures, and iconic spots that capture the essence of the Hawaiian spirit. Here’s your insider’s guide to Oahu.

‘ONO GRINDZ (delicious meals/food)


Storto’s Deli: Good sub sandwich shop. (*Must try the papaya seed dressing – itʻs a local favorite.)

  • Katsumidori: Japanese sushi at the Prince Hotel
  • Golden Pork: “hole in the wall” tonkatsu ramen shop
  • Hot Pot Heaven: Shabu-Shabu Restaurant
  • Papa Ole’s Kitchen – Amazing local stop to ea


Mai Tai’s: 4th floor of Ala Moana Shopping Center                      

  • Moani Waikiki: International Marketplace
  • Scarlet Night Club: LGBTQ friendly
  • Hawaiian Brians: Pool, darts, bar, FUN!

MAYJAH ACTIVITIES (great activities):


Waimea Bay / North Shore: 36 miles 

  • Koko Head Trailhead: 12 Miles
  • Manoa Falls: 11.8 Miles
  • Tantalus Lookout /Puu Ualakaa State Park: 5.5 miles
  • Waimea Falls/ North Shore: 36 miles
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 34.8 miles
  • Little Plumeria Farm – Haleiwa: 32.8 miles
  • Byodo-In Temple: 16.5 miles
  • Pill Box Hikes*: Lanikai 16.5 miles / Ma’ili 31.1 / Ehukai 39.2 miles 

*Pill box hikes are WWII military bunkers known as pillboxes. Across the island Pillboxes are scattered. Many are painted with colorful designs both on the exterior and interior. Since many of the pillboxes are in the mountains and overlook the ocean, there are quite a few great pillbox hikes.

FOR THE KEIKI (kid-friendly):

  • Childrenʻs Discovery Center Hawaii  
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Kid City
  • Keiki Kingdom