About the Tour
- All tours start at 9 AM and end at 10:30-11 (1.5-2 hours depending on group and speed)
- Tours are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (subject to availability)
- Visitors meet at the “Surfer on a Wave Statue”
- Booking fees are $25 per person, or $20 per person for Kamaʻaina (Hawaiʻi resident) with a valid Hawaiʻi ID. Visitors can pay in advance electronically using our online reservation system
- Kids 12 and under walk free
- FREE local Mochi Ice cream, FREE sticker and FREE bird + history ID card with every purchase!
- Gratuity accepted, not required
- Bring comfortable shoes, hats, and adequate sunscreen
- A maximum 15 people per tour
Description of Tour
During our Hawaii Walks East Waikiki Walking tour, expert guides will explain the local flora and fauna of East Waikīkī, while making stops at several major landmarks. Take gorgeous pictures at the base of Le’ahi crater, or enjoy the views at Kaimana beach where we discuss local surf history and hope for a visit by basking Native Hawaiian Monk seals. We will stop at the Waikīkī Natatorium War Memorial the historic Kapiʻolani Band Stand, and search the famous ancient Banyans for indigenous birds. This is a perfect tour for nature lovers who want to understand the intersection of the indigenous environment and development of the island.
Learn to identify and tally local and introduced birds with your bird ID card!
Our Hawaii Walks East Waikiki Walking Tour meet up spot is in front of the “Surfer on a Wave” statue across from the Honolulu Zoo. Click here for the location, or reference the map above on this webpage. The statue depicts a man surfing a wave. Your tour guide will be there with a hat and shirt that says “Hawaiʻi Walks.” Call or text us as 808-927-8149 or email email@example.com if you would like custom walking directions to be emailed to you ahead of time.
- We meet at the “Surfer on a Wave” statue across from the Honolulu Zoo. We then walk west past Queens beach, where we explain the history of surfing in the region while checking out the breaks.
- View the War Memorial, an Olympic-sized swimming pool made in honor of soldiers who fought in the first World War. Here, we discuss the historical involvement of Oʻahu during war time and the continued military presence on O’ahu.
- After, we make a stop at Kaimana beach to discuss the history of the surf clubs nearby, as well as the native animals that frequent the waters off shore including Hawaiian Monk seals, sharks, and pelagic birds.
- From here we cross the park and stop at the base of Leʻahi (Diamond Head) crater, where we discuss the geology of its formation as well as how the rest of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago came to be.
- Circling the north end of the park, we learn about the ancient banyan trees within the park and share how you can search for and identify native and non-native birds that call these trees home.
- We then walk back to our original meeting point while discussing the history of the Honolulu zoo, the Kapiʻolani Park Band Stand, and general information about experiencing other parts of Oʻahu during your visit.
Enjoy an ice cream break with a free locally made mochi ice cream!
Things to Bring
The equitorial sun is serious so please plan accordingly! Even in winter months, temperatures can easily top 80 degrees. You are required to bring the following:
- Comfortable walking shoes that can protect your feet for walking in sand, on concrete, and in grass for up to 2 hours
- Adequate sun protection. We provide reef-safe sunscreen to use if you forget, but we recommending applying adequate sun protection before the start of the tour.
- A reusable container of water with at least 20 ounces of water inside. It is easy to become dehydrated when walking outdoors. If you do not have a reusable water bottle, please let us know ahead of time and we will provide one for you filled with cold water.
- A camera for pictures. We will be passing by many amazing sights. Be sure your camera or phone is fully charged!
All tours are refundable up to 24 hours prior to arrival. Cancellations within 24 hours are granted on a case-by-case basis. We understand emergencies and changes happen. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to discuss a late cancellation. Check out our FAQ page for more info.
The East Waikīkī Walk has a fully paved path that is accessible with strollers or wheelchairs. However, there are parts where you may need assistance on and off curbs or through some patches of grass or gravel. Please contact us to discuss accessibility concerns and we can modify the tour to ensure all guests can properly access the tour.