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Honolulu and Kapiolani Park

Outdoor Activities

Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park

Located right across from The Lotus, Kapiolani Park draws visitors and locals alike with its expanse of grassy lawns and variety of sports facilities. The 300-acre park has an archery range, outdoor exercise facility, soccer fields and tennis courts. It is also home to the Waikiki Shell and Waikiki Bandstand, where the famous Royal Hawaiian Band serenades guests every Sunday.

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

Nestled in the foothills of Diamond Head, Lotus Honolulu offers magnificent views of this iconic mountain. Diamond Head is known for its historic hiking trail with stunning views of the Pacific and Oahu’s south coast. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to summit offers quite a workout as you gain 560 feet from the crater floor. The trail also offers a glimpse into the crater’s extensive military history.

  • (808) 587-0300
  • 6am-6pm; Last entrance to the trail at 4:30pm
  • Entrance located on Diamond Head Road, Honolulu
  • $5 per car; $1 per person for pedestrians. Cash only

Surf Lessons and Board Rentals

Dole plantation a must experience

Lotus Honolulu’s great location just outside of Waikiki gives you access to a variety of less-crowded surf spots. If you’re new to the world of surfing, you’ll want to take a lesson to learn the basics. Once you do, you’ll be up and riding in no time! Seasoned surfers can rent a board for a half-day or whole day from one of the many surf shops and kiosks along Kalakaua Avenue.   

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Want to get up close and personal with some of Oahu’s underwater friends? Kaimana Beach, located just steps from Lotus Honolulu, is one of Waikiki’s best snorkeling spots due to its calm conditions and impressive showcase of beautiful reefs, fish, and other marine life.

Culture and History

Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art

Want to catch an artsy film, new exhibit, or take an art class? The Honolulu Museum of Art is more than just a museum. They are dedicated to the ethnically diverse arts community in Hawaii, offering visual arts, arts education, performing arts, films and videos, and public programs that focus on the museum’s unique location in the Pacific.

  • (808) 532-8700
  • Tue-Sat, 10am-4:30pm; Sun, 1-5pm
  • 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
  • Lotus Honolulu's Boutique fee includes admission for 2

Doris Duke's Shangri La

Explore Doris Duke's Shangri La

Take a shuttle from the Honolulu Museum of Art to the Shangri La, the center for Islamic Arts and Cultures. The Shangri La looks more like a palace than an arts center. Take a guided tour designed to introduce you to the world of Islamic art and architecture and learn about Islamic art through objects and architectural elements originating from the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and North Africa.

  • (808) 532-8700
  • Wed-Sat 9am, 10:30am and 1:30pm
  • 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
  • General Admission $25

Hawaii State Art Museum

Hawaii State Art Museum

Located in downtown Honolulu on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, the Hawaii State Art Museum offers insights and exhibitions related to the arts in Hawaii. Here you’ll find four galleries, the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, the Sculpture Lobby, and the Sculpture Garden.

  • (808) 586-0900
  • Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm
  • 250 Hotel Street, Honolulu
  • Free

Polynesian Cultural Center

Explore Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center showcases the fascinating history and culture of Polynesia. You’ll not only learn about the Hawaiian arts, you’ll also experience the food, dances, and other traditions of the people of Tonga, Tahiti, Marquesas, Fiji, Aotearoa, and Samoa. After exploring the villages, enjoy the Alii Luau Buffet and evening show Ha: Breath of Life.

  • (808) 293-3333
  • 12:30pm-9pm, Closed Sundays
  • 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
  • $49.95 Adults; $39.96 Children (5-11 yrs); Tour and dinner show packages available

Bishop Museum

Explore Bishop Museum

Anyone interested in a closer look at Native Hawaiian art and culture must take a trip to the Bishop Museum! Check out exhibits that spotlight traditions like the practice of Hawaiian weaving or hala, Hawaiian mythology and religion, native gardens, and contemporary art from the Pacific. There is even a planetarium featuring traditional Polynesian navigation.

  • (808) 847-3511
  • 9am-5pm, Closed Tuesdays
  • 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu
  • $19.95 Adults; Discounts for seniors, children, kamaaina and military

Nature

Honolulu Zoo

Explore Honolulu Zoo

Calling all animals lovers! Honolulu isn’t just clear water and sandy beaches. Check out the 905 animals that call the Honolulu Zoo home. With over 42 acres to explore, the zoo offers both animal and plant exhibits, a café, and educational programs. Your whole family will love the wild side of Waikiki.

  • (808) 971-7171
  • Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu
  • $14 Adults; $6 Children (3-12 yrs); Discounts for kamaaina and military

Waikiki Aquarium

Explore Waikiki Aquarium

Want to learn more about what’s whirling around you when you’re surfing or taking a swim? No need to get in the water for that! Check out this family-friendly activity, right on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach. You’ll meet honu (sea turtles), Hawaiian monk seals, beautiful reef fish, seahorses, intricate corals and more!

  • (808) 923-9741
  • Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • $12 Adults; $5 Children (4-12 yrs) and Seniors; $8 Kamaaina and Military

Oahu Botanical Gardens

Oahu Botanical Gardens

Enliven all your senses with a visit to the botanical gardens on the island. Some of our favorites include Foster Garden, which comprises 13.5 acres of plants collected from the world's tropics over a period of 150 years. Koko Crater Botanical Garden features a two-mile loop of sweet-smelling plumeria trees. Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens, the largest of the three, is a whopping 400 acres of lush rainforest, walking trails, and campgrounds. 

Manoa Falls Trail

Explore Manoa Falls Trail

Take a short hike through a lush Hawaii rainforest in Manoa Valley en route to a spectacular 150-foot waterfall. The trail is well maintained making it perfect for hikers of all ages. Located just a short drive mauka (toward the mountains) from Waikiki, you’ll easily forget that you’re in bustling Honolulu.

Shopping

Ala Moana Center

Shop at Ala Moana Center

Our shuttle will give you a ride to Honolulu’s number one shopping destination, Ala Moana Center. With over 290 exclusive retail shops, visitors love this popular indoor/outdoor mall loved by locals. After a packed day of shopping, enjoy one of the many dining options like the Mai Tai Bar, Romano’s Macaroni Gril, or Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room.

  • (808) 955-9517
  • Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm
  • 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu

Royal Hawaiian Center and Luxury Row

Shopping in Waikiki

There’s no need to travel far if you’re looking for exclusive shops and trendy boutiques. The Royal Hawaiian Center, located right on Kalakaua Avenue, has over 300,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. You’ll find island gifts, apparel, jewelry and so much more. Luxury Row, just down the street, boasts Waikiki’s finest shops, like Tiffany, Gucci, Armani, and Chanel.

  • Mon-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 9am-5pm
  • Royal Hawaiian Center: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu

International Market Place

Now Open! The new International Market Place

Known for its iconic banyan tree and lush Hawaiian landscaping, the International Market Place will offer unique open-air shopping & dining with a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” in the heart of Waikiki. It’s sure to be among Oahu’s top places to visit, and we’re just one short block away! Your shopping adventure awaits.

  • Mon - Sun
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Restaurant and department store hours may vary.
  • 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu

KCC Farmer's Market

Explore KCC Farmer's Market

Widely considered the most popular farmers’ markets on Oahu, the KCC Farmer’s Market is held each Tuesdays and Saturdays at Kapiolani Community College, located just a short drive from Waikiki. Enjoy a wide variety of local produce, locally-made products, and ono (delicious) food.

Chinatown & Downtown Honolulu

Join in on the fun Honolulu Downtown nightlife

Visit Honolulu’s center of government, business, and the arts. Take a stroll through Hawaii’s history at the State Capitol, Washington Place (the governor’s mansion), Honolulu Hale (Honolulu’s City Hall), Iolani Palace, the statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church.

Kahala Mall

Shopping at Kahala Mall

Located just a short drive from Waikiki, this fun neighborhood mall offers a wide variety of boutiques, specialty food shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, and flagship stores such as Whole Foods, Apple Store and Ross.

  • (808) 732-7736
  • Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-6pm
  • 4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu