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Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial Tours

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Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial
Eerie and abandoned, the salt water swimming pool and stone bleachers of the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial off San Souci beach was a shimmering seaside tribute when it opened in 1927. Today, some call the crumbling venue haunted and it is often featured in Island-wide nighttime ghost tours.

The aging edifice, shuttered since 1979, is still worth a daytime visit, if only to peek through the bars of its towering front gate and imagine what it once was. As one of the country’s few ‘living memorials,’ the space served both as a gathering place to honor the 10,000 Hawaii service men who served during WWI and a public facility where Hawaii residents learned to swim in its 100m length. The Natatorium is credited with creating a swimming culture in the local community, and providing a peaceful practice spot for Olympians including legendary Hawaiian waterman (and five-time Olympic swimming medalist) Duke Kahanamoku. On Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, the chipping lot around the structure still occasionally hosts commemorative ceremonies honoring the structure’s original purpose.

Despite its designation as a ‘national treasure’ by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, no one seems to know what to do with the Natatorium. Throughout the years, numerous plans to revive or raze the structure, adding a new stretch of white sand to Waikiki’s crowded beaches, have been passed over. Until then, it just waits.

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The structure is located at 2815 Kalakaua Ave., across from Kapiolani Regional Park and next to Kaimana Beach at the far end of Waikiki’s main strip. Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, though interior access is always prohibited.
Address: 2815 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, USA
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial

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Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch.Hiking

Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch.

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Learn about Hawaiian history and experience the beauty of Oahu on a half-day bike tour from Waikiki. Ride to Diamond Head Crater, hike to the top of the dormant volcano, get great photo ops, and have lunch at the base of Diamond Head. You'll see local landmarks like Doris Duke's mansion, hidden beaches, panoramic ocean vistas, and more. Includes bike rental, helmet, lunch, water/sports drink, and Hawaiian snacks.
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Waikiki Secret Beaches and History TourBus Tours

Waikiki Secret Beaches and History Tour

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Explore secret spots and local beaches around Waikiki during a 2-hour guided tour that includes ocean views from Diamond Head. Hear interesting facts about Hawaiian history and Oahu culture, with stops at the Hawaii Film Studio, Kapiolani Park, Ala Moana Beach and more. You’ll get a feel for what it’s like to live, eat and shop like a local. Numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure a small-group experience. 
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  • 2 hours
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Shaxi Waikiki TourBus Tours

Shaxi Waikiki Tour

Jump on board one of our fun and fabulous “open air” Shaxi’s, and see the Waikiki Beach area in a very unique way. Why take a cab or ride share in Hawaii when you can ride Aloha style on our Shaxi?! See the beach and all the sites as it was meant to be with the sea breeze flowing through your hair, on a fun filled tour experience. Our all electric Shaxi’s are both fun and environmentally conscious. Each Shaxi seats 5 people giving you a private or semi-private feeling. If you have a larger party, not a problem we can accommodate your group with multiple Shaxi’s. Your driver and local guide will help you get to know Waikiki, introducing you to secret spots and the Best Hawaiian Food, Drinks, Beaches and Sites that can only be offered in Hawaii.
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Waikiki and Diamond Head Hoverboard Tour4WD Tours

Waikiki and Diamond Head Hoverboard Tour

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Enjoy a 2-hour guided all-terrain self-balancing hoverboard tour of Waikiki to the oceanfront cliffs past Diamond Head lighthouse. On the perfect platform for sightseeing and adventure, you’ll hover over Waikiki’s sandy pathways, grassy areas, and sidewalks and learn about the scenic highlights from your expert guide. Less in-depth with history and culture and without audio headsets like our signature tours have, this faster tour focuses more on the excitement of riding, fun facts, and beautiful photo opportunities. The small group tour takes a fun path around the less crowded naturally scenic areas of Waikiki to Amelia Earhart lookout with views of East Oahu, neighbor islands, and sometimes whales in the winter months. Hover past the Honolulu Aquarium, neoclassical War memorial, Historic Kapiolani Bandstand, massive banyan trees, charming cottages, outriggers off Kaimana Beach, 100’ tall palm tree groves, nearly secluded beach parks, and enjoy wonderful oceanfront views of Waikiki.
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  • 2 hours
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Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway TourSegway Tours

Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

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Explore Diamond Head and the Waikiki area on this 2-hour guided Segway tour. Climb on to your own Segway Personal Transporter, a self-balancing, two-wheeled electric scooter that allows you to enjoy some of the Honolulu area's most important sites without all of the walking. Visit Diamond Head Lighthouse, Waikiki Beach, Kapiolani Park and the bustling streets of the Waikiki area. Listen as your guide provides engaging, informative commentary about the culture and history of the area.
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  • 2 hours
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Custom Island Tour - Private Luxury TourDay Trips

Custom Island Tour - Private Luxury Tour

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Experience the best of Oahu on this customizable private tour. Build an itinerary from over 30 possible activities and attractions. Visit surf beaches, pineapple fields, and macadamia farms. Watch whales or giant sea turtles in their natural habitats, and stop by local food trucks for fresh shrimp or colorful poke bowls. Capture the moment by purchasing a souvenir video with drone footage when your tour concludes.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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ONLY TESLA Island Tour in Hawaii - LUXURY Custom Private TourDay Trips

ONLY TESLA Island Tour in Hawaii - LUXURY Custom Private Tour

Only TESLA Tour in Hawaii! Ride with style AND help the environment. Only DanielsHawaii offers private customized tours in a luxury $100,000 Tesla. Explore beautiful beaches, see hawaiian wildlife at turtle beach, taste local food at the North Shore food trucks and make new friends in Hawaii along the way.  Free pick you up from your Waikiki Hotel, the harbor or the airport. You set the start time and enjoy our 6 or 8 hour tour on Oahu with a professional driver and guide. The luxury TESLA runs fully electric, has lots of power, helps the environment and is just fun to ride in. DanielsHawaii Tourguides are well trained, can share a lot about the islands and the history - or we can just shut up and drive you wherever you like to go.  We customize the tour for your needs.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Shaxi Sunset TourBus Tours

Shaxi Sunset Tour

If you love stunning colors and warm water as the sun sets over the southern tip of Oahu, then the Shaxi Waikiki Sunset Tour is just for you! Similar to our regular Waikiki tour offered earlier in the day, sunset at the beach offers you an opportunity to see some great sites as the night life comes alive in Waikiki. You can stop and have a photo taken at any spot of your choice. A beautiful picture is worth a lifetime of memories!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Shaxi Sunrise TourBus Tours

Shaxi Sunrise Tour

For our guests arriving from other countries or the US mainland, you may find yourself getting up earlier than you expected due to the time change. Our Shaxi Waikiki Sunrise Tour is breathtaking! The Shaxi Sunrise Tour offers you an opportunity to see some great sites before the beach becomes busy. You are welcome to bring your own coffee, or you can choose to stop along the way at one of our favorite local coffee shops to experience an amazing Hawaiian Kona coffee. Local Hawaiians love their pastries and bakeries, so part of the tour will include a stop a world famous Leonard's Bakery “Home of the Malasadas & Pao Doce”.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Honolulu Segway Tour: Kapiolani Park, Makalei Beach Park and Queen’s Surf BeachSegway Tours

Honolulu Segway Tour: Kapiolani Park, Makalei Beach Park and Queen’s Surf Beach

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Glide through Honolulu’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a 1.5-hour Segway tour of Oahu’s most iconic city. Learn to maneuver your gyroscopic ride, then follow your guide through the lush Kapiolani Park, where swaying palms frame unforgettable views of Diamond Head. Explore the stunning shoreline on coastal paths to Makalei Beach Park and Queen’s Surf Beach, snag a selfie with Duke Kahanamoku’s famous statue, then finish your tour in the heart of Waikiki.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Small Group North Shore Circle Island TourDay Trips

Small Group North Shore Circle Island Tour

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Visit the top stops of the North Shore of Oahu with this small-group tour. You'll see dozens of local points of interest, including the Dole Plantation, Haleiwa Town. Turtle Beach, and North Shore surf spots, to name a few. You'll also have plenty of time to stop and snack at local food trucks before making your way back to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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Full-Day Oahu Island Small-Group TourDay Trips

Full-Day Oahu Island Small-Group Tour

Explore the beautiful island of Oahu with its pristine beaches, war memorials and amazing lookouts. On this 6-7 hour tour you will visit some of the most popular and most beautiful spots on Oahu. Some of the stops & Spots: Turtle Beach, Movie and Hawaii Five-0 Spots, World Famous North Shore Surf Breaks, War Memorials, Secluded Beaches, Hawaiian History, Breathtaking lookouts for Whale Watching (during season), Macadamia Nut Farm visit with Coffee & Nut tasting Taste Local Food, and experience ALOHA. Your day is filled with highlights, stories and ALOHA. This Oahu Circle Island Tour is based on our 5 STAR Rated "Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour". Biggest Difference? This tour is done in a slightly bigger group of up to 14 guests, instead of just 7 guests. Want a smaller group or private tour? Check out our other Tours with Daniels Hawaii.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous BeachesHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous Beaches

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Explore the picture-perfect beaches, historic landmarks and headlands of eastern Oahu on a 4-hour tour that’s a great overview of the scenic area. Learn about Waikiki history, then get sweeping views of the coast from Diamond Head lookout; drive alongside the sandy beach at Hanauma Bay and explore coves and blowholes. Find out why Sandy Beach is ‘the most dangerous in America,’ then look deep into the rainforest from Pali Lookout, where Hawaiian armies clashed in the 18th-century. Take home a video (available for purchase) of your tour that’s a wonderfully personal souvenir.
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  • 4 hours
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Shaxi Diamond Head Hiking and Waikiki TourNature and Wildlife

Shaxi Diamond Head Hiking and Waikiki Tour

Welcome to beautiful Waikiki! The Shaxi Diamond Head Hiking and Waikiki Tour is a unique tour only offered by Shaxi. It combines our normal Shaxi Waikiki Tour with an extended 1 hour stop along with a professional guided hike to the summit of the Diamond Head Crater. Enjoy getting to know all the endless and wonderful things to do in the Waikiki Beach area with a semi-private tour aboard our Shaxi! The "open air" Shaxi vehicles promises an experience of a lifetime!
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  • 3 hours
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After Dinner Tour along the Famous Waikiki Beach StripBus Tours

After Dinner Tour along the Famous Waikiki Beach Strip

Small-Group Evening Tour in Waikiki Beach with Hotel Pick Up! One of our most popular tours is our “After Dinner Waikiki Beach Tours”. Just after dark Waikiki comes alive, this tour gives you the perfect opportunity to sit back and just cruise the strip as you take in all the sights and sounds of this wonderful beach community. Along the way you have the chance to see many of the same sights you would see during the day tours, only now lit up with the ocean moonlight and the hustle and bustle of the restaurants, bars and nightlife. After a relaxing day at the beach if you looking for the perfect way to unwind you will see why the Shaxi After Dinner Tour is one of the most popular tours on the Island. Shaxi Tours have brought back a piece of Hawaiian history from when Shaxi was on island in the early 1950’s. Shaxi will take you to many attractions here in Waikiki
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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