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14 Of The Best Things To Do In Waikiki With Kids + Where To Eat & Stay

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If you’re planning a short Hawaii vacation, you may want to spend a few days or more in Waikiki. This bustling neighborhood on the fringes of Honolulu is easily accessible with direct flights from the USA, so it makes for the perfect family vacation destination if you have a week or less.

There are many things to do in Waikiki with kids, from hitting the beaches and learning to surf, to watching hula shows and visiting the Honolulu Zoo.

We spent several days in Waikiki during our two week family vacation in Hawaii and our kids loved it just as much as us big kids!

If you’re wondering what to do in Waikiki and need attractions to keep every member of the family entertained, then keep reading to discover what we got up to…

Things to Do in Waikiki With Kids

1. Hike Diamond Head

family posing on The Diamond Head Walk viewpoint
Hike to Diamond Head for beautiful views

The Diamond Head walk was at the top of our Hawaii bucket list. From the number of people on the walk when we did it, I think it’s on the top of everyone’ else’s’ bucket list of things to do in Waikiki too.

While I loved the walk and the extraordinary views, the crowds were a little intense for me. In hindsight, we should have woken up early and hiked before the sun came up so we could catch the sunrise and avoid the people.

We arrived to do the Diamond Head walk at about 8.00 am. Next time, I’d get there at the park opening time of 6:30 am.

It’s an easy walk to do with the kids. The trail looks hard and steep, but there are a lot of switchbacks making it easy. Be sure to take the 900 steps and follow in an anticlockwise direction to ease the flow of traffic.

family posing in front of rolling hills
An easy walk with the kids

I’d allow for at least 90-minutes to complete the walk. You can also walk to Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach. With kids (depending on their age), I think this will be too much. If you have older children, then maybe.

Instead, you can catch an Uber or a bus (we caught the bus) to the bottom of the park entrance and then walk in from there.

After the walk, head down to Bogart’s Café & Espresso Bar for one of their iconic smoothie bowls (see below in the places to eat in Waikiki section).

Bogart’s is another 25-minute walk from the Diamond Head State Monument, so if your kids are tired you could catch an Uber instead of walking.

Video: Diamond Head Walk + a little more of beautiful Waikiki Beach


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