A Hawaiian dream holiday encompasses many things. Time to relax, time away from work worries, and for some, even time to recharge with one or more of our favorite people as a long-awaited and planned group event.
Days turn into nights quickly in Waikiki; before we know it, we’re planning the next one. But what if we could make our time away last longer?
We can’t stretch time or add to the 24 hours in a day, but maybe, in a way, we can make it seem like it by doing a straightforward thing.
Take advantage of the night. There’s something about adding nighttime activities that make the days seem longer. Let’s look at seven things to do at night in Waikiki that can stretch our time away and take advantage of each minute.
Things To Do In Waikiki Beach At Night
As a local in the sun-soaked state of Hawaii, I’ve strolled through the dazzling streets of Waikiki more times than I can count. The hum of nightlife mixing with the rhythm of waves, the sizzle of beachside grills, and the glimmer of lights reflecting off the ocean’s surface are purely magical.
Waikiki’s not just a neighborhood; it’s a spectacle after dark. From dinner cruises that romance the evening to the soulful dance floors of nightclubs, there’s an intoxicating energy that promises you won’t forget the night. But beyond the allure of the high-rise hotels and specialty brews, a local charm invites you to uncover the fun things to do in Waikiki at night.
There’s more here than meets the eye, and it’s all waiting for you.
Come, let’s explore it together.
1. Watch The Fireworks
Weekly fireworks shows are essential to finish the day with a light show to be remembered. You can see the sky lighting up virtually anywhere on those warm, sultry Waikiki nights.
It is an excellent activity for those who want to stay up later. Presented by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, the show generally begins at 7:45 on Fridays and lasts around fifteen minutes. From there, anything goes. Turn it in for the night or re-watch it on that video camera or phone again.
2. Starry Starry Night
For night lovers, you can’t miss a walk on the beach. Just hearing the water lapping and the distant waves waiting for a new day will urge you to plan another trip soon. Find your perfect beach just before sunset and watch the end of the day moving over for a different kind of light show. Stargazer or not, you won’t be able to help yourself.
When the nights are clear, the Waikiki sky has been called the most romantic place on Earth. Everything else fades away on the claim Hawaiian nights. Experience it. You’ll see why.
3. Participate In Something Cultural
Suppose you’re looking for some time to listen to local music or participate in activities that may enhance your understanding of Hawaiian history. In that case, nighttime is an excellent opportunity to do just that. These activities don’t disappear after daylight.
You can do a few things to inspire your sense of history and culture during your stay in Waikiki.
4. Free Hula Show By Torchlight
One to see. Partaking in a torch-lighting ceremony and hula show will get you involved in tales of Hawaiian history and culture and leave you talking about it for days.
The performance brings a smile to everyone watching. Even those out in the surf stop to watch at least some part of this hour-long show. It is a light-hearted and entertaining way to spend an evening. Located at the Kuhio Beach Hula Stage near the Duke Kahanamoku statue, shows run for about an hour. Get there early, as the best spots fill up fast.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 6:30 pm.
5. Catch A Segway At Night
Take a Segway ride up to Diamond Head at night for something different. Feel the sea air and breeze while traveling to this magnificent crater. Nighttime brings a specific element to this activity and a mystical change in the atmosphere that many will find alluring.
Oh, the things you’ll see! Beautiful homes and even more beautiful sites are coming to your destination. Once at the top, take in the views from the Diamond Head Lighthouse and watch the night close in. Yours begin at sunset from Waikiki.
6. Late Night Aquarium
There is something mystical about seeing all the Hawaiian seas bring to us at night. The Waikiki Aquarium offers a chance to see them in all their glory. You may have been to a thousand aquariums in your time, but at night, sea creatures, from the smallest of colorful fish to large predators, take on a new aura.
Led by a torch with a guide showing things you may miss, see stunning jellyfish and hidden octopuses and discover the sea life that only comes out at night. Color-changing fish and those who look awake but are sound asleep will fascinate. This is one for the whole family. Check for times with the aquarium, but usually, dates confirmed will begin around 6:00 pm.
Waikiki offers so many nighttime activities to do. Taste local and international cuisine or the underwater aquarium on a nighttime tour. Spend the night shopping or sit under the stars and soak up the atmosphere of this beguiling place.
There is something here for everyone.
Thanks for reading.