How to Find Comfort at Waikiki Beach Walk

September 12, 2023

Everyone knows that worry is never very far away and can occupy your thoughts if you let it. Certainly the reason many come to Hawaii is to specifically take a break from the day-to-day worries, both large and small.
With a vibrant selection of eateries and ‘retail therapy,’ options, Waikiki Beach Walk is obviously a perfect escape from cares and concerns.
However, there are a few choices that are particularly good at going one step further and providing significant comfort.

There’s a reason they call it “Comfort Food

Plate of pasta with meat sauce
Taormina’s rich and savory Bolognese Moderna certainly looks comforting, doesn’t it?
Few foods offer as much comfort as Italian cuisine. Especially southern Italian cuisine known for its rich, savory sauces and tender, tasty pasta. It’s like a warm, gastronomical security blanket that wraps your entire being in a safe zone of satisfaction.

Taormina not only offers the delicious traditional cuisine of southern Sicily, but adds additional zest through the contemporary flair of Executive Chef Hiro Mimura. Eschewing heavy sauces, Chef Mimura’s Sicilian style pastas are freshly made and dressed in pure, extra virgin olive oil.

When paired with crisp fresh vegetables, lightly grilled fish, and lamb seasoned with herbs, diners have a healthy range of options. Or rather, a wide range of healthy options. Either way, it’s a satisfying and comforting meal that can be enjoyed inside the exquisite dining room or on the open air lanai.

When giving is a gift

Blue hoodie with a picture of a shaka and the words Maui Strong
50% of the sales of KaiAloha Supply’s Maui Strong apparel line goes directly to help the West Maui community.
Everyone knows that the only thing predictable about life is that it is unpredictable, and sometimes shockingly so.

Few events have been as stunning as the wildfires that ravaged West Maui in August 2023, and it was soon obvious that that this tragedy would be wearing heavy on the hearts of many for years to come.

But here’s some comfort for anyone who would like to help.
KaiAloha Supply was born in Maui, and was directly affected by the fire by losing two store locations on Front Street in Lahaina. That is why their efforts to aid West Maui is particularly spirited. Their multiple Maui Strong Funds raised more than $200,000 of aid for Maui within two months of the catastrophe, and their efforts continue with one of the most vigorous fundraising efforts in all Hawaii: When you buy any items within their Maui Strong apparel collection, 50% of the sales price will go directly to help the West Maui community.
We guarantee that purchase will make you feel good, as will being able to show your support and encourage others to do the same when you proudly wear the Maui Strong designs. From a company that originated in Maui.

Because who doesn't love cookies?

Plates of pineapple-shaped cookie from Honolulu Cookie Company
10% of the sales of Honolulu Cookie Company’s special 25th Anniversary collection goes to charity.
Ask any kid and they’ll confirm it: Cookies are comforting (as if you really had to ask some kid!) Giving is also comforting, and you can check both boxes with a very special collection from the Honolulu Cookie Company.
Carefully curating all the elements that define Hawaii ...the flavors, the beauty, the people, and the aloha spirit... Honolulu Cookie Company has put them all into one beautiful package to share their story in this, their 25th year.
The beautiful 25th Anniversary Large Box is filled with all 12 of their signature flavors, plus their Chocolate Chip Macadamia Mini Bites.

But here’s the best part: Your purchase makes a difference. For every 25th Anniversary Box Large sold, Honolulu Cookie Company will be donating 10% of the net proceeds to I’m a Bright Kid FoundationMalama Aina Foundation, and KUPU.
To learn more about Honolulu Cookie Company giveback efforts, please visit their Gratitude & Giving page.

Because no sports fan would ever say he’s going to “Comfort Hour”

Group of smiling people drinking beer out of long glasses
Yard House has one of the best places to watch NFL football in Waikiki. 
But we can guarantee “Happy Hour” is just as  soothing.
Especially when the NFL season is in high gear (like now), and your favorite team wins a big game, well... the word “comforting” doesn’t quite adequately explain the feeling.  
With more than 20 large screens, over 100 taps of carefully selected draft beers, and a Happy Hour featuring $2 discount on drinks and 50% off select apps, you could call it Comfort Plus. But you can definitely call it one of the best Happy Hours in Waikiki.

Pure Escapism

People celebrating in a green room
We’ll be the first to admit that being trapped in a room with a ticking bomb would be the exact opposite of “comfort.”
However, enjoying the company of one’s family is extremely comfortable, and why many families travel thousands of miles to be together in Hawaii. (We’ll even go out on a limb and say that part of the joy of family time in Hawaii is because it pries family members away from their smart phones).
Which brings us to Breakout Waikiki, where you’ll have a collective blast solving brain-boggling puzzles that are keys to your breakout from one of Hawaii’s #1 rated escape rooms.
You can choose from five totally captivating (ouch!) rooms with difficulty ratings ranging from a moderate 5 (out of 10) to a go-to-the-head-of-the-class 8.

And if you happen to have a very large family or travel with an entourage (or even a corporate group), you can get special discounted rates and custom schedules for large groups. Just contact their Fun Coordinator at, or call 808-926-1418

Comfort is spelled f-r-e-e-p-a-r-k-i-n-g in Waikiki

Map showing parking locations
Waikiki Beach Walk offers complimentary valet parking with a $10 purchase from any Waikiki Beach Walk merchant or restaurant.

All photos courtesy of Waikiki Beach Walk