Kalākaua Avenue Walking Tour | Waikīkī’s Historic Memory

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I really enjoyed doing this Kalākaua Avenue walking tour video during a beautiful end-of-summer day. The video is about 25 minutes so here are the “cliff notes” if you happen to be in a rush.

From mouthwatering eats to world-renowned hotels, high-end shopping, luxury boutiques, and historical treasures, this avenue has it all.

Enjoy breathtaking views and pay tribute to heroes. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Kalākaua Avenue has something for everyone.

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Here is a brief overview of some of the things you’ll see as you walk down Kalakaua Avenue:

Views you will see when doing the Kalākaua Avenue Walking Tour
  • Park Shore Hotel and Lulu’s: These two hotels are located at the beginning of Kalakaua Avenue, near the zoo. Lulu’s is a popular spot for surfing lessons and rentals.
  • Statue of Makua and Kila: This statue is based on a children’s story about a boy who befriends a Hawaiian monk seal. It’s a great spot to stop for a photo.
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: This hotel has a recently renovated pool deck with water fountains and fun features. It also has a killer breakfast buffet.
  • Saint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church: This church has a rich history dating back to the 19th century.
  • Statue of Prince Kuhio: This statue honors Prince Kuhio, who is known for his efforts to preserve and strengthen the Hawaiian people.
  • Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach: This boutique hotel has giant aquariums in the lobby that you can view for free. It also has a cool little Taco and Tequila Bar.
  • Eggs ‘n Things: This restaurant is known for its delicious mochi pancakes and other breakfast items.
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa: This iconic hotel has a two-story waterfall in the lobby and beautiful landscaping. It’s a great place to just walk around and enjoy the layout.
  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue: This statue honors Duke Kahanamoku, who is considered the father of modern surfing. He also won five Olympic medals in swimming and served as Sheriff of Honolulu for 13 terms.
  • The Stones of Life: These stones are the living legacy of four powerful healers from Tahiti. It’s a great spot to stop and learn about the history of this place.
  • Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach: This historic hotel is one of the most iconic buildings in Waikiki. It’s known for its colonial architecture and beautiful Banyan Tree.
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: This popular resort has a variety of amenities, including a pool, spa, and restaurants. It’s also home to the Blue Note Hawaii jazz club.
  • International Marketplace: This outdoor shopping mall has a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.
  • Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center: This shopping center has a variety of high-end and mid-range stores. It’s also home to a number of restaurants and cafes.
  • Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum: This Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant is located on the second floor of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
  • Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotels: These two iconic hotels are located right across the street from each other.
  • DFS building: This newly renovated shopping mall has a variety of high-end shops, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada.
  • Hermès: This luxury boutique has three floors and a private salon shopping experience.
  • Beach Walk Plaza: This outdoor shopping mall has a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.
  • Halekulani and Outrigger Reef Hotels: These two luxury hotels are located next to each other at the end of Beach Walk Plaza.
  • Christian Dior: This luxury boutique is located on Luxury Row, which is right outside the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki.
  • Hello Moi: This park is located in the middle of Waikiki and is home to a number of historical artifacts.
  • Beachwalk: This street is home to the Hard Rock Cafe, Tommy Bahama, and a number of other restaurants and shops.
  • Ritz-Carlton Waikiki residences: These two towers are located on the quieter end of Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park: This park is located at the end of Kalakaua Avenue and offers stunning views of Diamond Head.
  • Brothers in Valor Memorial: This memorial honors the World War II veterans of the 100th infantry battalion separate 442nd regiment combat Team, the military intelligence service, and the 1399th engineer construction battalion.
  • Hotel La Croix: This boutique hotel is located at the end of Kalakaua Avenue and offers a more relaxed and intimate experience than the larger hotels.
  • Statue of King David Kalakaua: This statue is located at the beginning of Kalakaua Avenue and greets everyone as they come into Waikiki.


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