Mother’s Day may be over, but there’s still much to celebrate in the month of May. With high school and college graduations underway, there’s no better place to kick off the start of summer than in paradise.
In Hawaii, May falls into a sweet spot where the weather is immaculate, tourist crowds are light, and the sun starts setting later, which gives you more time and ample sunshine to explore during the day. If you’re flying into Hawaii soon or just looking for something cool to add to your weekend plans, read on for the latest activities and shops at Waikiki Beach Walk.
Newly Opened at Waikiki Beach Walk
Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery
Photo credit: The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery
Hawaii’s latest major art exhibit has landed in the heart of Waikiki! The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery, which is the world’s largest art dealer, officially opened its doors on the shopping center’s first level on Friday, May 7th.
Offering an educational and entertaining art experience that’s free to the public, the museum and gallery features the work of some of the most famous artists of all time, including Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Peter Max, Michael Godard, and many others. For those interested in growing their own collection, Park West offers authentic artwork priced at a range of levels to help you find your new favorite piece.
As part of the opening, Hawaii residents can enjoy a special 15% kamaʻaina discount off any purchase or a buyer’s credit of $250 (whichever is greater). The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For more information about The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery, click here
Oahu Honey Co.
Photo credit: Oahu Honey Co.
Specializing in locally made raw Hawaiian honey, Oahu Honey Co.’s first store can be found right on the first floor of Waikiki Beach Walk. The shop is fully stocked with a variety of delicious treats and spreads to satisfy your sweet tooth, such as honey cookie butter, Hawaiian honey ice cream, and Hawaiian honey jam. You can also find unique artisanal candles, handmade soaps, reef-safe sunscreen, sugar balms, aloe lotions, and more.
It’s a great place to visit if you’re searching for gifts and souvenirs from Hawaii that are also locally made with sustainability in mind. To conserve Hawaii’s honeybee population and support Hawaii’s agriculture, Oahu Honey Co. rescues and re-houses bees at farms on the island through their partnership with Absolute Termite & Pest Control Hawaii.
To learn more, visit them online at https://www.oahubees.com
. For a full list of shops at Waikiki Beach Walk, click here
Pop Culture Artisan Pops
Photo credit: Pop Culture Artisan Pops
Joining the lineup at the shopping center’s weekly farmers market
is Pop Culture Artisan Pops. As the days grow hotter, nothing would hit the spot more than an ice-cold treat loaded with premium ingredients and innovative flavors.
Catch them at the Beachwalk Farmers Market every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For a list of other regular vendors at this weekly event, check out Beach Walk Farmers Market: Local Gifts and Treats You Can Find in Waikiki
a Tasty Craft Cocktail for a cause
Kick back, relax, and sip on a refreshing cocktail that's sure to put you in vacation mode. The Tropical Haven on Earth, which is the latest concoction from Pakini Bar in the nearby Embassy Suites by Hilton
hotel, mixes Rum Haven, pineapple juice, and club soda together with a fresh pineapple wedge as a garnish. In addition to being the perfect poolside beverage, a portion of each Tropical Haven on Earth will go to the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
to support the planting of endemic Legacy Trees in Malaekahana on Oahu’s North Shore.
Free Waikiki Activities
Live Hawaiian Music
For free live music in Waikiki, look no further than the Plaza Stage. Hosted by Blaine Kia (Waikiki Beach Walk’s cultural director and kumu hula), Ku Ha'aheo fills the atmosphere with classic and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Stop by in person or pull it up via live stream on the Waikiki Beach Walk Facebook
Beach Walk Farmers Market
Support Hawaii’s local artisans and business owners by adding this weekly farmers market to your list of things to do in Waikiki. Beach Walk Market
takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and gathers an eclectic mix of vendors specializing in Hawaii-made souvenirs, beauty products, snacks, and other gifts.
The Royal Room
Established in partnership with the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, The Royal Room
is a free cultural learning experience that is part gallery and part classroom. The interactive museum-quality exhibits focus on the musical heritage of Hawaii as well as the art of Hawaiian feather lei making and its significance to the ancient royal class. The space also hosts workshops and seminars on various aspects of Hawaiian arts and culture.
For more on what to expect when visiting The Royal Room, click here
Ka Lei Hula Classes
Learn how to dance hula for free by joining us every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage. This weekly Ka Lei Hula lesson teaches you the basics of hula and features a fun playlist of our favorite Hawaiian songs to dance to.
Visit the Ka Lei Hula Eventbrite page
to sign up as spots are limited. Temperature checks will be conducted before the start of the class and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Come masked up and ready to get moving!