Welcome to Waikiki

Culture and beauty merge in this vibrant and striking Honolulu district
Waikiki has long enjoyed the distinction as the leading place in Hawaii to visit and live. Lined by luminous water and abounding with luxury boutiques, electrifying nightlife, lively bars, and swank, one-of-a-kind restaurants, the cosmopolitan heart of Oahu is addictive for a reason. It’s fun and bustling, gorgeous and glamorous, stylish and sophisticated, beautiful and enchanting. 
Situated on the southern shore of Aloha State’s capital city and brimming with architectural splendors that will take your breath away, this tony enclave presents every amenity one could ask for in an urban neighborhood, from opulent spas to cultural landmarks. With Duke Kahanamoku’s lei-covered statue and Doris Duke’s former mansion — the inimitable Shangri La Museum of Art, Culture & Design — Waikiki is a veritable treasure to behold and a tantalizing place to call home.

What to Love

  • Exceptionally walkable with terrific public transportation
  • Flourishing with high-end retailers and fabulous eateries
  • The best nightlife in the state of Hawaii
  • Proximity to downtown Honolulu
  • Brimming with staggeringly-beautiful luxury estates

Local Lifestyle

Waikiki is the perfect place for those who thrive when they’re surrounded by urbane, youthful energy. Whether you’re a single, affluent professional, or a retiree, you’re bound to be amazed by the sheer activities available in Waikiki proper and across the island. Waikiki holds particular appeal for those who enjoy the finest things in life, from stopping in at a five-star resort for a mango-tini to perusing haute couture just steps away from a white-sand beach. 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Waikiki is globally revered for its unparalleled dining, shopping, and nightlife. The Beach Bar (under the Banyan tree) is a perennial favorite for locals and visitors alike. Nestled inside the iconic Moana Surfrider, this sun-splashed venue serves superb craft cocktails and views of the Pacific in equal measure. Duke’s Waikiki is just as famous for its succulent surf and turf selections and legendary hula pie with silky chocolate and macadamia nut ice cream.
As the #1 spot to visit in Hawaii, Waikiki also has a slew of fantastic resorts and hotels. The Royal Hawaiian is ideal for a mai tai or a staycation, while the Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites boasts extraordinary views of the city skyline.
There are seemingly innumerable places to shop in Waikiki, no matter if you’re searching for a new Hermes bag or a unique piece of home decor. Royal Hawaiian Center presents over 90 upmarket and independent retailers in a luxe and airy outdoor plaza. International Market Place is just as enticing with its assortment of world-class brands (Burberry, Vera Bradley, and Balenciaga, among them), live music, and hula demonstrations.

Things to Do

Waikiki is perpetually abuzz, granting its fortunate residents a boatload of fun activities. Chief among them? Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort’s lagoon and the Honolulu Zoo, which features more than 900 animals spread out on 42 verdant acres. The Waikiki Aquarium is the optimal venue to observe fascinating tropical fish sans a snorkel mask (and is particularly delightful for children). 
Waikiki is also home to the acclaimed Waikiki Yacht Club and Kapiolani Regional Park, a lush, public open space that provides exquisite views and ample opportunities to play on both the land and in the water. And with excellent longboarding conditions available at Waikiki Beach to the irresistible Diamond Head hike, there are a host of ways to relish Hawaii’s balmy, luscious weather. 


School-aged children who live in Waikiki may have the opportunity to attend a variety of schools in the region, such as:


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Overview for Waikiki, HI

18,857 people live in Waikiki, where the median age is 46 and the average individual income is $49,874. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Waikiki, HI

There's plenty to do around Waikiki, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Kundalini Coffee, Tapas Kitchen, and Haus Of Fusion.

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Dining 1.37 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.76 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.87 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.59 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.18 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.05 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Waikiki, HI

Waikiki has 11,438 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Waikiki do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 18,857 people call Waikiki home. The population density is 54,367.588 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Waikiki, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Waikiki. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
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Work With Elise

Elise brings a fresh, creative international perspective to her Luxury Real Estate, Concierge & Interior Design career. She chairs the Honolulu Board of Realtors® City Affairs Committee, is on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Economic Association, an Officer in the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Hawaii Bailliage.