Waikiki at night time is just as exciting to explore compared to the day time. There are beautiful places, shopping venues, attractions and yes gorgeous views to experience around Waikiki Area.
If you love nightlife hanging out at cool bars, dancing venues, well lit restaurants and other tourist venues open at night, you’ll have plenty of fun places to choose from.
Let’s show you some of the fun venues and cool places to visit with all these things to do in Waikiki at night time.
Here’s what to do at night in Waikiki
Sunset Dinner Cruise
What a fantastic way to end your day on Oahu and Waikiki then to take a scenic dinner cruise. You definitely need to give your end of day here in Waikiki a special experience like this five-course surf and turf dinner with drinks along with live entertainment on board.
While you enjoy cocktails on deck and watching Diamond Head and surrounding areas while the sun sets slowly on the horizon, the dining experience follows along with live music and entertainment on board.
Check out the details to this sunset dinner cruise here for details and booking the experience
Traditional Luau Experience
There are many Luau Experiences here in Oahu, but the only one that really is spectacular for that Oahu experience with any of the fantastic Luau on the island.
This Luau experience features some cultural events, storytelling, comedy and entertainment along with a delicious food experience with traditional Hawaiian food specialties that will be served and give you a taste of typical Hawaiian and local foods enjoyed by everyone on the islands. With so many different luau to choose from, you’ll have a hard time choosing.
Check out the details to these Luau experiences here for details and booking the event
Stroll Down Kalakaua Avenue
The main street and promenade venue in Waikiki is Kalakaua Avenue which is lit up and really does feel special right on Waikiki Beach area.
The street is lined with all the main local retailers, art galleries and a while array of international brand stores welcoming you in to stop and visit. The street is also filled with bars, restaurants and hang out spots along the strip on both sides of Kalakaua Avenue.
You’ll also find easy street performers, hula and music events held at some of the major shopping centers and other freebies that you can check out our free things to do in Waikiki post here.
Photo Tour of East Hawaii at night
When the sun starts to set around above Honolulu then to East Oahu, you’ll get a different viewpoint exploring the east side and other key attractions on a sunset photo tour.
You’ll get to visit and also capture in photographs popular attractions like Tantalus lookout point, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u point and other local attractions close by and time perfectly for you to just get out and find your perfect photo ops on this tour.
Check out the highlights to doing this photo tour here for details and booking this experience.
Sunset on Waikiki Beach
What would be a more perfect end to your day than a sunset on Waikiki Beach. Find your favorite spot on the beach and spread a blanket filled with delicious picnic fare and drinks. You’ll enjoy the simple act and celebrating end of day at Waikiki just like locals would do in the good ole days.
It’s something you need to take the time to experience here in Waikiki if you are in the right time and mindset to unwind and just chill on the beach during a gorgeous sunset here.
Party at Duke’s
The legendary Dukes deserves a stop to this popular hang out spot right on the beach at Waikiki. Come during sunset time for some fabulous sunset views on the outdoor lanai and try their delicious appetizers and exotic drinks.
Duke’s offers daily live entertainment that complements the gorgeous views and drinks that you will always remember on your visit here.
Rock a Hula Show
This definitely a different take on hula performances in Waikiki. The Rock a Hula Show and event is hilarious and entertaining. Family friendly and showcasing the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian music, culture, history and authentic culture mixed in with some laughter.
This journey takes you back from the 1920s on to different timeframes of Hawaiian culture, music and dance.
Check out the highlights to doing this Rock a Hula Show here for details and booking this experience.
Twilight at the Zoo
A family friendly venue at the zoo happens with a twilight tour that is offered from their website and see nocturnal animals that come alive at night. The experience visits many of these animals, feeding times and other end of day routines with most of the animals in the park with this tour that lasts about 2 hours.
Tours start from 4:30 to 6:30 in winter and 5:30 to 7:30 in spring / summer from April to September
Check out the zoo twilight experience on their website here for more details.
Into the Bar scene?
There’s plenty of entertainment and fun bars to explore here in Waikiki area at night time. Ranging from gorgeous views from above, beach front locales, brew pubs to places with live entertainment, you’ll have plenty of choices.
Fun, colorful and never boring time spent at a bar here is always lively and you can check out the top bars in Waikiki here for more details and inspiration.
Free music and Hula at Kuhio Beach
Every Tues, Thursday and Saturday you can watch free music and hula dance entertain right on Kuhio Beach by the tall Banyan Tree and close to the Duke Statue. Starting with a conch shell blowing and torch lighting ceremony the show starts with local musicians and joined by various hula dance groups that do this for the public for free.
Hit the Lounge / dance Clubs
There are a few cool places to hang out that hits the bar/club genre that you can explore when you are in Waikiki.
Fun places to check out includes:
An uber trendy lounge bar area that is ocean front serving delicious drinks and Asian fusion dishes and a dance floor that kicks it late at night.
Located at the Outrigger a bluesy / jazz club with live music from local talents and a very stylish setting
Ginza Night Club
Located at the Ala Moana Hotel, this is the spot for club fun, dancing and cool drinks to try. Friday and Saturday are the busy nights when it is a party until the early hours of the morning.
Friday Fireworks after sunset
Every Friday night is a free work display on the beach fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village so head out there early to catch a fun firework show with a great finale that is music timed so you can enjoy the show and views of Waikiki skyline right on the beach.
Get here early because the best beach spots fill up very quickly in the Hilton beach area or you can go down to Magic Island for less crowds and good views.
Or, for a totally different experience, why not do a cruise, dinner and fireworks show here for enjoying the fireworks with a water view to Honolulu area.
Walk on Waikiki Beach at night
There’s something alluring when you walk Waikiki beach at night with just a few other strangers beach combing the area. It’s fun to watch the skyline lit up, the dining cruises and catamarans sailing out on the bay and quiet conversation or just being silent and enjoying a nice walk on the beach in Waikiki. What more can you ask for before going to bed than a fantastic night view of Waikiki Beach lit up at night with dark starry skies above.
Eat the Streets at Kaka’ako
A night fair that happens at Kaka’ako area once a month on the Last Friday of the month at the Kaka’ako waterfront park. There are over 50 food and drink vendors offering Eat the Street foods, treats and drinks from 4pm to 9pm. It’s fun, festive and a cool place to hang out in the hip Kaka’ako district.
Nightlife Waikiki FAQ
Are Parks and Beaches closed at night?
Yes, most parks and beach areas are typically closed from 10pm to 5am daily. Parking lots are also closed at all parks and beach areas. Swimming at a beach is open 24 hours but this is at your own risk with no life guards on site after hours
Is Waikiki safe at night?
Like any big city you should always be aware of your surroundings and stick to well lit areas and tourist zones which Waikiki is and is typically patrolled at night. Be in populated areas and the main tourist areas at night even though Waikiki is considered a safe zone.
Can you drink at beaches and parks?
Unfortunately, in public areas including beaches and parks no open containers are allowed in these public areas around Oahu.
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