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Five Things to Love About Waikiki Beach Walk

June 14, 2022

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A crowd of people walk in front of the first floor stores at Waikiki Beach Walk
Spend a full day at Waikiki Beach Walk and celebrate the summer with Hawaiian music, shopping, dining, and more.

WAIKIKI, Hawaii (June 14, 2022) – There is a lot to love about Hawaii, and the excitement and energy of Waikiki Beach Walk is certain to win your heart. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022, here are five things to love about this vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district at Lewers Street and Kalakaua Avenue. For summer fun, there’s nothing like it.

1. Authentic Hawaiian Entertainment

Guests sitting on the lawn, enjoying a hula show on the left and a close-up of 3 Hawaiian music performers singing into mics on the right.

Waikiki Beach Walk is committed to preserving and sharing Hawai‘i’s rich cultural heritage. This includes hosting a variety of authentic Hawaiian music and hula performances to engage Hawaii residents and enhance the visitor experience.

  • Mele Hali‘a – “Mele Hali‘a” is a monthly showcase hosting the finest in Hawaiian musical performances. On Sunday, June 19 Waikiki Beach Walk will feature award-winning group Kapena in a special Father’s Day performance from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • On Sunday, July 17, Mele Hali'a welcomes award-winning vocalist Mailani Makainai & Friends from 5 to 6 p.m. to the Plaza Stage.
  • Kū Ha‘aheo – Every Tuesday, Waikiki Beach Walk hosts “Kū Ha‘aheo,” live Hawaiian entertainment from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The weekly series at the Plaza Stage is set for June 14, 21 and 28 and continues July 5, 12, 19 and 26.
  • Ka Lei Hula – Waikiki’s popular “Ka Lei Hula” offers complimentary weekly hula practice each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. (June 19 & 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31)
  • The Royal Room/Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame – On the 21st of each month, the Royal Room live streams a special “Make Music Hawaii” performance at 11 a.m. The next live streams are Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, July 21.

Check out the website for the latest events and performances at

2. Locally Owned Boutiques and One-of-a-Kind Finds! 

Woman holding an assortment of colorful chopsticks.Nearly all the retail shops at Waikiki Beach Walk are owned and/or operated by local merchants. Supporting the local community and its many small, independent businesses is at the core of Waikiki Beach Walk’s legacy and helps make Hawaii a better place. Waikiki Beach Walk’s collection of unique locally owned businesses includes Blue Ginger, Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee, Café Glace, Coco Mango, Crazy Shirts, Hele Mai Salon, Kahala, KaiAloha Supply, Keep It Simple, Kolohe, Mahina, Oahu Honey Company, SoHa Living, Sunshine Swimwear, The Ukulele Store and more. A recent addition at Waikiki Beach Walk, Keep It Simple provides vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and reef safe products for eco-conscious consumers who want to help create a better Earth.

The amazing variety of high-quality, locally sourced health, home, and beauty products are zero waste and eco-friendly. The store operates on a “Refill Station” model when it comes to household products, such as soap, cleaning solutions, hair and body care, nuts, and spices. This encourages people to move towards a zero-waste lifestyle by letting them fill reusable containers with the amounts that they need for each item.

3.  Delicious Dining for Every Palate

A juicy steak topped with asparagus and herb butter on the left; on the right is a carbonara pasta with truffles being shaved over it.

From casual eateries and fast-paced cafes to some of Hawaii’s most loved fine dining restaurants, the American, Japanese, Italian, Hawaiian and other plentiful cuisine options at Waikiki Beach Walk are sure to satisfy any appetite. Roy’s Waikiki, Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, Giovanni Pastrami, and Yard House delight diners seven nights a week.

Among the outstanding dining experiences at Waikiki Beach Walk, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has been Hawaii's go-to steakhouse for both locals and visitors for over 30 years. 

Ruth’s Chris serves the finest custom-aged USDA Prime beef, with cuts that are well marbled and hand-selected for thickness and tenderness. And with Ruth’s Chris Prime Time Menu, patrons can savor these delectable cuts in a way that will leave both your stomach and wallet full. Starting at only $55.95, the Prime Time menu includes a starter, entrée, personal side and dessert, and is available nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Seared ahi atop a bed of cooked vegetables on the left; gourmet pizza with a slice being lifted up on the right.


4. Meet the Menehune

Waikiki Beach Walk now hosts three very special visitors.

In Hawaiian legend, the Menehune were a group of small people who lived hidden in the forests and valleys of the islands before Hawaiʻi was settled by Polynesians. They were said to be about two feet (60 cm) tall and a mischievous bunch who roamed unseen at night. They were extremely smart, strong, industrious, and superb builders, credited with mighty feats of overnight engineering and construction of heiau (sacred Hawaiian temples), fishponds, roads, canoes and houses.

3 menehune statues next to a wooden canoeThe trio who have settled at Waikiki Beach Walk were created by Owen Ho, an independent designer who spends most of the year dreaming up design schemes for everything from storefronts to charity balls. Owen is the mastermind behind most of the Honolulu City Lights figures, too. These friendly folks present a wonderful photo opportunity for guests who do not come across menehune elsewhere.

5. Waikiki Beach Walk Open Market

Bringing local flair and spontaneous fun to your shopping experience, the Waikiki Beach Walk Open Market happens each Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Shopping at these craft, gift, and food vendors offers a great way to support local businesses, while discovering truly one-of-a-kind souvenirs, handmade art, and snacks to take home for yourself or as a gift to someone special.

Colorfully painted mini surfboards on the left; various wooden tiki statues in the center; fresh fruit booth on the right.

Among the local vendors at Waikiki Beach Walk Open Market:

  • Oahu Tiki showcases sculptures with intense emotional expressions that signify important values, as well as wooden carvings of Hawaiian cultural symbols, like the sea turtle.
  • Mo’o Hawaii offers colorful mini surfboards to personalize with names and designs.
  • Hilo Soap Company specializes in vegan bath and body products that are hand-crafted in small batches on Hawaii Island.


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ABOUT WAIKIKI BEACH WALK Celebrating its 15th year in 2022, Waikiki Beach Walk boasts some of Hawaii’s greatest boutique shopping experiences with locally made products, award-winning restaurants, nightlife, and world renown Hawaiian entertainment, making Waikiki Beach Walk a slice of Hawaii life, popular with visitors and residents. For information, visit or Follow Waikiki Beach Walk on Facebook, Instagram @waikikibeachwalk and Twitter @WaikikiBeachwlk with #waikikibeachwalk #waikikishopping.

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