Your 24-Hour Waikiki Itinerary

December 6, 2021
Photo by Sean Oulashin.

Quick visit to our neighborhood of Waikiki? Spend the day exploring the bustling area with world-class restaurants and shopping, walk along the two-mile stretch of famous Waikiki Beach, partake in adventurous water activities like surfing, canoe rides with beach boys and parasailing, then end the night with dinner and drinks along the beach to take in a magical Hawaiian sunset!

Pro-tip: take advantage of the Waikiki Trolley for a ride through the neighborhood and hop on & off as you adventure through Waikiki.

Photo by Kat Gaskin.

6:30AM – Take advantage of your jet lag and Seize your stay with the sunrise and leave the first footprints on the beach…

7:00AM – walk to Kona Coffee Purveyors at the International Market Place for some freshly brewed Kona coffee and yummy pastries from B.Patisserie to fuel your morning (about a 4-minute walk from Shoreline Hotel Waikiki)

*Tip: try and get there when (or before) it opens at 7:00AM. It’s popular with locals and visitors!

9:00AM – Hawaiian tropics! Life is good if you get to hang out on the beach at nine in the morning! Take in the Hawaiian trade winds and walk to lush Kapiolani Park or set up for an early beach day under an umbrella and order a Mai Tai… for your aloha boost! it’s 5 o’ clock somewhere, right?! The sun here is hot, so remember your sunscreen!

*Looking for something more adventure-driven? Snorkel in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu’s most famous preserve in East Honolulu – located approx. 20-mins from our hotel, or book water activities, such as surfing or canoeing, through Waikiki Beach Services!

Photo by Nattu Adnan.

Noon – Grab lunch at some of our favorite local spots! Here is a short list:

  • Heavenly Lifestyle Waikiki, a popular spot connected to our hotel serving locally sourced food and order some loco mocos and acai bowls!
  • Paia Fish Market, delicious lunch plates serving up local freshly caught fish. Grab a sweet treat for dessert at the newly opened Liliha Bakery, home to original Coco Puff, Poi Mochi Donuts and Chantilly Cake, at the International Market Place
  • Ono Seafood, a popular lowkey spot locals flock to for their variety of ahi poke
  • Marugame Udon, a popular Japanese noodles and tempura restaurant! Expect a short wait in line, but it’s worth the wait!
  • Maguro Brothers Hawaii Waikiki – offering the freshest poke – it’s all about sashimi platters, donburi (get the king salmon sashimi with uni over rice), and poke by the bowl or pound. The fish quality  is excellent, but it’s the outstanding knife work that makes Maguro Brothers stand out. Located on Kuhio Avenue, it’s a 4-minute walk from the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. 
  • Doraku Sushi – Hip spot serving classic rolls alongside Japanese microbrews with a view of the Honolulu main drag.
  • Banán – Waikiki Beach Shack – looking for a snack or ACAI smoothie bowl? Visit our friends Banán, and order their amazing (locally grown) banana dairy-free soft serve. They also serve up other island grown fruits, veggies, and spices into the mix to create an assortment of flavors into fruit bowls, shaved ice and other seasonal soft serve flavors. 

3:00PM Shopping time! Check out the many shops at Royal Hawaiian Center, International Marketplace and local businesses along (and off of) Kalakaua Avenue.

4:00PM – Pau Hana (happy hour)! Grab a drink or some light bites to keep the day going. The perfect time to take advantage of those happy hour deals around the area in Waikiki! 

  • Duke’s Waikiki – an iconic establishment in Waikiki and a rad place to hang until the sun sets …
  • Royal Hawaiian – Indulge in a Classic Mai Tai at the Mai Tai Bar, at the Iconic “Pink Palace of the Pacific” at the Royal Hawaiian with views of amazing Waikiki Beach.
  • The Beach Bar – enjoy some old Hawaii by sipping a tropical drink under the Historic Banyan Tree at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. It’s easy to lose track of the hours spent here. Enjoy live Island music in the ambience of aloha.
  • Búho Cantina – roomy, modern rooftop restaurant & open-air bar featuring locally sourced Mexican eats & cocktails.
Photo by Erik Kabik

5:45-6:30PM-ISH – DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM! There’s no shortage of places to watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset in Waikiki. Post up on the beach, relax and check out the sun set for the evening. For spring/summer sunsets, time varies depending on seasons!

7:30PM – Wind down for the night and grab a bite to eat at some of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.

  • Ginza Bairin Tonkatsu & Yoshoku Bistro – authentic Japanese cuisine, known for their world-famous Tonkatsu! An 8-minute walk from Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. 
  • Island Vintage Wine Bar – from the creators of Island Vintage Coffee and Island Vintage Shave Ice comes a new concept with the same mission. This cute wine bar serves fresh, local, farm-to-table ingredients with top-notch wines to pair with their menu.
  • Basalt – a contemporary & refined yet casual restaurant that features local cuisine ranging from comfort food favorites to finer dining selections. Conveniently located in Dukes Lane Market & Eatery on Kuhio, it is a 2-minute walk from the hotel.


A hui hou (until next time)!