Nearby Parks & Attractions
Just steps from the hotel, at the base of Diamond Head Crater, sits historic Kapiolani Park. Home to tennis courts, sprawling lawns with splendid views, basketball courts, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and rugby fields; the park is a great place for jogging, sports and family picnics. The Park often hosts major events throughout the year and serves as the starting point for the Honolulu Marathon.
The Waikiki Shell auditorium sits on the edge of Kapiolani Beach Park and is a wonderful open air concert venue, with lawn and assigned chair seating, views of the Waikiki skyline and Diamone Head, cool ocean breezes and impossibly tall palm trees swaying to the music. Please check the Waikiki Shell website for a list of upcoming events and shows
Perched at the edge of Waikiki and adjacent to Kapiolani Park is the spectacular Honolulu Zoo, home to more than 900 exotic animals and featuring an African Safari and primate exhibit. Be sure to bring sunscreen before walking the 42-acres of gardens and enclosures, where you’ll see giraffes, lions, flamingos and the Hawaii State bird, the nēnē. The zoo is open daily from 9:00 to 4:30, every day except Christmas Day.
The Waikiki Aquarium is just a short walk from the hotel, along the quiet end of Waikiki Beach and facing Kapiolani Beach Park. Open since 1904, the aquarium is one of the oldest in the United States and is home to more than 500 marine species, and more than 3,000 marine specimens, including live corals and turtles. The Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Arts & Culture
Hawaii is home to such incredible diversity. Honolulu offers so many opportunities to explore the many cultures that have contributed to Hawaii’s rich culture and history. We’ve gathered a small but incomplete list, below. We encourage you to explore more than just our wonderful beaches to really appreciate the Hawaii we call home.
For a more complete list of Hawaii’s many historic places and cultural landmarks, please visit the Historic Hawaii Foundation website, as well as the Hawaii State Register and National Register of Historic Places.
Honolulu Museum of Art
An expansive collection of more than 50,000 works of art from around the world, with a particular focus on Asian art forms. The museum includes exhibitions, educational programs, theater activities, an art & gift shop, and a café.
Located at 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
Doris Duke Theatre
Located at the rear entrance to the Honolulu Museum of Art, this 280-seat theater screens independent, documentary, and international film, and hosts lectures, performances and concerts by visiting and local performers.
Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures
Built in the late 1930’s, Doris Duke’s former Honolulu home is open for public tours and houses Doris Duke’s extensive Islamic art collection, and boasts beautiful Islamic architectural features, as well as incredible oceans views. The tour is exquisite and an excellent preliminary education in the features of Islamic art and architecture.
While the home is located in the nearby neighborhood of Black Point, nestled behind Diamond Head, tours must be booked through and from the Honolulu Museum of Art, since the neighborhood does not allow public parking close to the home.
“In partnership with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the Honolulu Museum of Art serves as the orientation center for Shangri La tours.”
Located at 4055 Papu Circle, Honolulu, HI 96816
Art After Dark
“ARTafterDARK is the Honolulu Museum of Art's monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. ARTafterDARK is held on the last Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 9pm on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum of Art.”
Hawaii Theater Center
Built in the 1920’s in classic Art Deco style, the Hawaii Theatre is one of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Honolulu, serving as a non-profit performance
center for the arts. Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the theater hosts an annual calendar of theater and musical performances. Please visit the theater website to view upcoming events.
Located at 1130 Bethel Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Commonly referred as “The Blaisdell” by residents, the center is Honolulu’s largest, premier entertainment venue, with concert and exhibition halls and an arena. The Blaisdell is host to an annual roster of musical and theater performances, trade shows, comedy shows and more. Please visit their website for a calendar of upcoming events.
Located at 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814
Located in downtown Honolulu, the palace is the official home of the Hawaii Monarchy. Completed in 1882, the royal residence was equipped with electricity and telephones several years before the White House. It is now a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located at 364 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813