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Hot Spots in Hawaii
Venture beyond your hotel and explore these lively hot spots filled with great restaurants, live music, art and nightlife.
Once a gathering place for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki is now a gathering place for the world. Visit Duke’s Canoe Club or RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki for live music and great drinks. For dinner, head to the Royal Hawaiian Center and taste Doraku’s inventive sushi rolls, or squeeze in some shopping at the Waikiki Beach Walk. Shops like Martin & MacArthur and Hula Lehua offer unique products you can only find in Hawaii. Then hit the busy bars and clubs along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenue. Don’t forget a late night breakfast at Mac 24/7 in the Hilton Waikiki Beach, serving the biggest pancakes in Hawaii. And that’s just a taste of the attractions you’ll discover in Waikiki after dark.
Kapahulu is where the locals eat, featuring an eclectic menu of foods from Hawaiian plate lunches to gourmet burgers. To see Hawaii’s finest collection of art, visit the Honolulu Museum of Art. Every last Friday of the month, mix a little art with your nightlife at the Musuem’s ARTafterDARK event. Both spots are just short drives away from Waikiki.
Downtown Honolulu & Chinatown, Oahu
Located next to Downtown Honolulu, the urban lofts and historic buildings of Chinatown feature fine art galleries, unique restaurants and Hawaii’s hippest bars. Every First Friday, Chinatown comes alive with gallery open houses, entertainment and nightlife.
This historic whaling town is now a vibrant center for art and entertainment. Stroll down Front Street and browse Lahaina’s art galleries every Friday during Art Night. Make reservations for the award-winning stage show Ulalena at the Maui Theatre or indulge in Maui’s freshest, farm to table cuisine in Lahaina’s finest restaurants.
You’ll also find lively spots in the resorts of Kaanapali, just north of Lahaina. The Whalers Village is a great place for shopping, beachfront dining and live music. Other resort areas like Kapalua, Kihei and Wailea also offer entertainment and nightlife. In Central Maui, Kahului is where the locals live, with restaurants, malls and entertainment at venues like the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Kona, Hawaii’s Big Island
The fine resorts of the Kona Coast offer a variety of entertainment options. Drive down Alii drive in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) to find spirited spots for live music, shopping and dining. The Kona Brewing Company serves up unique micro-brews from Hawaii with live music on Sunday nights.
Hilo, Hawaii’s Big Island
This is where the locals live on Hawaii’s Big Island so there are a variety of restaurants, galleries and shops to discover off the beaten path. Not a place for nightlife, Hilo is a place to experience the local culture of Hawaii’s Big Island.