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Things to Do in Waikiki

With miles of shoreline, white sand beaches, sparkling emerald waters and endless rays of sun, Waikiki Beach offers stunning waterscapes against a breathtaking backdrop of the most famous volcanic crater in the world known as Diamond Head. Visitors can partake in exhilarating activities such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking and canoe rides along Waikiki Beach. Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is located close to all these activities and more in Honolulu. Click here for the Out & About LGBT Travel Guide.

Beaches & Surfing

Here, the surf is known for its long rolling break, making it ideal for long boarding and tandem surfing. The Waikiki area has a diversity of gorgeous beaches to explore, including Kuhio Beach, Duke Kahanamoku Beach, San Souci Beach and Queens Surf Beach. At sunset, take a walk down the Kapahulu Pier and enjoy breathtaking views of Waikiki's shoreline.

Waikiki Beach used to be a retreat for royal Hawaiians during the 1800's, since it was one of the first surfing hot spots. In fact, legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing the waves of Waikiki. This Olympic gold medalist in swimming actually taught visitors how to surf at the turn of the century and was later known as "The father of modern surfing." Today, locals perpetuate Duke's legacy by teaching visitors how to surf and canoe and the Duke Kahanamoku Statue has become an iconic symbol of Waikiki.

Annual Island Events

Experience some of the vibrant culture of Hawaii during your next vacation by taking part in a few of the island's annual events. Sample food and wine from all over the world at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, purchase locally made goods at the monthly Waikiki Artfest or the Island Arts Festival at Kapiolani Park Bandstand, race against 30,000 other runners in the third largest marathon in the U.S. — the Honolulu Marathon, or commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor at the Waikiki Holiday Parade with local Hawaiian bands, mainland marching bands, military units and more. There's something going on no matter when you visit; find out more here.