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Things to do in Ala Moana

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Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

1. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Find more in Hawaii than just the sights, and board the Waikiki Trolley and take in the soaring mountains that meet the sea to all the historic landmarks, including shopping and dining. Make the choice yours. Board the breathtaking Blue line, called the Coastline/Diamond Head Line. Find yourself at Diamond head, a natural landmark of Hawaii and explore through the Kalanianaole Highway. This place is famous for its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean scapes. On the Red Line, learn of Hawaii's rich cultural past all the way to the modern present. Hawaii has its own story to tell for anyone interested in listening. Travel through the cultural and historical history, from the time of kings and queens through its importance in WWII and even the cultures that influence it to this day. If you're looking for some iconic shopping and dining, board the Pink Line and find the epicenter of the Pacific. Delight in Asian cuisine mingling with popular American comfort food, high-end fashion alongside popular streetwear that suits everyone's comfort and style. You can find all these throughout Waikiki, but your Hawaiian vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Ala Moana Center–Hawaii’s Center–where all things shopping and dining collide into a truly Hawaiian experience. So much so that Ala Moana isn’t just for visitors–it’s a popular shopping mall for locals as well.

Oahu: Hoverboard Tour of West Waikiki & Ala Moana

2. Oahu: Hoverboard Tour of West Waikiki & Ala Moana

Your tour will begin as you climb aboard your hoverboard at the ocean side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kahanamoku Lagoon. You will glide past the popular local surf break Ala Moana bowls, and view some of the islands finest private yachts at Hawaii's largest boat harbor. Next, take in the natural beauty of the 100-acre Ala Moana Beach Park, where you will ride past palm tree groves, man made lagoons, and many different species of massive "exceptional" designated trees. On the developed side of the park, you'll hover by the largest outdoor shopping center in the world, and see many new stunning ultra-luxurious condo high rises. You can keep an eye open for the mega-yachts which sometimes frequent Kewalo Basin Harbor, as you cruise along the waterfront with unforgettable views of Diamond Head. You'll see stand-up paddle boarders and swimmers along the half-mile golden sand beach park, as well as beautiful views of Waikiki from Magic Island. You will then hover along the wide Ala Wai canal pathway under exceptional weeping fig trees past the back of the convention center. Next, stop at a statue of the last King of Hawaii, and ride through the expertly landscaped tropical Fort DeRussy Beach Park and Army Museum. You will also glide along the sandy beachfront boardwalk past the Hale Koa Hotel, and much more.

Honolulu: Diamond Head Hiking and Breakfast at Eggs'n Things

3. Honolulu: Diamond Head Hiking and Breakfast at Eggs'n Things

Start your day with a refreshing early morning hike at the Diamond Head. From the observatory at the top, you can enjoy unparalleled views of both Waikiki and the vast ocean stretching out in all directions. You’ll then be taken to Eggs'n Things for a hearty breakfast next to the water.  A driver will take you from your hotel to Diamond Head where you can explore the short but steep trial to the summit unaccompanied. From there, you'll be driven down to your breakfast reward of pancakes with sausage and bacon or Hawaiian Locomoco with eggs. Finally, you're driven back to your hotel.

From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

4. From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

This private tour is fully customizable and perfect for families, couples, and private groups. Contact the local partner and figure out which places you'd like to see or have the guide show you the best spots and stops on Oahu. Either way, lean back and relax in a private luxury vehicle. Tour options • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center - The guide shows you around the Pearl Harbor Museum • USS Arizona Memorial - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack • Turtle Beach Laniakea - High chance of Green Sea Turtles lounging on the beach • North Shore beaches and surf spots - See the big waves during surf season • Dole Plantation - Learn about Dole and the success of pineapple in Hawaii • Kualoa Ranch - Movie location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji 2, Hawaii Five-0, Godzilla, Elvis Blue Hawaii etc • Haleiwa Town Shopping - Stroll the streets of the famous surf town • Aloha Tower - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii • I'olani Palace - Only royal palace in the US • King Kamehameha Statue - First King of all of Hawaii and a famous spot in the Hawaii Five-0 TV show • Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii • Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest outdoor shopping mall in the USA • World War I Memorial - Salt water swim stadium • Secluded Beach in Waikiki - Home of Hawaiian Monk Seals • Diamond Head Beach Lookout - Whale watching during the season • Hawaii Five-0 Movie Spots - Different spots along the route • Most expensive neighborhood on Oahu - mansions and Japanese Mafia • Military in Hawaii - Schofield Barracks • Sunset Beach - Visit one of the most popular spots for surf competitions • Shrimp Farms - Where the famous North Shore Shrimp are raised • Lunch (not included in the cost of the tour) for example at Kahuku local food trucks - Variety of freshly prepared Hawaiian food, Korean BBQ, poke bowls, vegetarian, North Shore Shrimp, and more • Chinamans Hat - Basalt island off the coast • Macadamia Nut Farm - Free coffee and macadamia nut tasting • Makapu'u Lookout - WWII bunkers and whale watching during season • Sandy Beach Lookout - Most dangerous beach in the USA • Halona Blowhole - Volcanic lava tube spouting water • Eternity Beach - Movie spot for Pirates of the Caribbean and From Here to Eternity • Hanauma Bay - Great snorkeling spot for beginners • Koko Head Lookout - Diamond Head and Koko Head crater view

Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

5. Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, explore Oahu and the vibrant city of Honolulu that offers a little bit of everything, from lush greenery to the most stunning beaches in the world. Cruise around this tropical paradise, hike its best trails, and learn about its incredible conflict-strewn history, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. As an added perk, enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms, along many of the tour stops. After downloading the tour app (download instructions sent via email after booking), start your Oahu adventure at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial where you’ll begin to learn about the unexpected history of Honolulu. Next is Aloha Tower, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Continuing on, see Iolani Palace, the extravagant former home of Hawaii’s monarchs, as well as a statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The first beach on the Oahu tour is Ala Moana Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that was once used for something else entirely. Then, visit Waikiki Beach, where surfing superstar Duke Kanahamoku got his start before he transformed the world of surfing forever. Leaving the beaches for a moment, get an up-close look at Diamond Head State Park, an enormous volcanic crater and Hawaii’s most popular park. Head toward the volcanic China Walls next, where you’ll hear the dramatic tale of Kamehameha’s rise to power and his rival, Kalanikūpule, who was willing to do the unspeakable to take control for himself. At the Hanauma Bay Lookout, find some of the most spectacular views; be sure to have your camera at the ready. For a less crowded spot, follow the route to the next lookout, which most visitors miss. After passing some seriously scenic shoreline, spot Rabbit Island just off the coast and learn about the utterly failed rabbit farm that once operated here. Then come to Waimānalo Beach, the perfect stop for anyone seeking a little seclusion. As you approach the town of Kailua, hear a dramatic account of the Battle of Nu’uanu. If you’re a kayaker, you won’t want to miss Kailua’s beach. Up next, catch a glimpse of the last remaining Heiau on Oahu. These ancient temples were deeply sacred to the Hawaiians and still hold a great deal of significance today. Find a trail to one of Oahu’s famous waterfalls. If you’re craving more nature, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden will be just ahead, offering a staggering 400 acres of carefully cultivated flora. You might not expect a huge Buddhist temple in Hawaii, but that’s the next stop! After checking out the Byodo-In Temple, reach the Kualoa Ranch that’s become a Hollywood favorite. Wildlife enthusiasts will love what comes next: a huge wildlife refuge and Turtle Beach, frequented by the enormous Hawaiian green sea turtles. Then, head to Sunset Beach, the perfect spot to catch the day’s final rays of light. Later, head to the historic Dole Plantation, where the tour concludes.

Waikiki: Fireworks Cruise with Drinks and Pastries

6. Waikiki: Fireworks Cruise with Drinks and Pastries

Join an intimate cruise from the bay of Ala Moana on a gondola navigated by a gondolier who doubles as your chaperone. Sail around Magic Island and Waikiki’s Grand Canal on a tour designed to ignite new romances. See Honolulu illuminated at night from the serene water. Get in the spirit with a flower lei and chat freely with your fellow passengers, whether you’ve known each other for some time or have just met on the night. Sit back with a relaxed vibe and help yourself to drinks and pastries. Feel free to bring your own alcoholic drinks to have on board. Slowly cruise past yachts all lit up on the shore of this tropical paradise and enjoy the atmospheric music as you go under the 3 bridges of Waikiki's Grand Canal. See a fireworks display that’s bound to make sparks fly on the boat as well.

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What people are saying about Ala Moana

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 197 reviews

A perfect way to see Waikiki! Bought the 4 day Pass and was able to use it on 4 days of our choice over a 7 day period. Able to do each of the Lines as many times as you wish. Recommend doing the full loop first to see what’s available then decide where you want to go back to. Very helpful staff when you initially board and also the drivers.

Trolley was well worth the time and money. Suggest hopping on the green or blue line as soon as you arrive to see where you want to go back to.

Great service, great drivers, great price, great tour routes. I did all four lines and highly recommend!

So wonderful!! Fun, educational, entertaining, and convenient!!! Brilliant and we loved it!!

Was a lot of fun and learning . Our guide was awesome.