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Things to do in Hawaiʻi 2022

Dreaming of paradise? Start planning your next trip to Hawaiʻi! The last two years have brought many activities and experiences to the island of Oʻahu. Catch up on the newest dining, shopping, and attractions before you arrive. 

Things to do in Hawaiʻi 2022

Your destination awaits! Time to kick back, relax and enjoy all of what Oʻahu has to offer. While you were gone, the island really grew. Not literally; it’s still the same size at a whopping 597 mi². We meant business wise! We’ve got the inside scoop on the best Hawaiʻi activities for all ages. From shopping sprees to savory eats, our guide will make sure you hit all the new spots! 

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Tours & Activities 

When searching for what to do in Honolulu, look no further than Hawaii CinemAttractions! Located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the new fully-immersive cinematic 4DFX attraction will take you on a ride through Hawaiʻi from the comfort of your own seat. It doesn’t stop there, they also house a virtual-reality escape room and retro arcade lounge! 

Looking for a guided tour of the island? Choose your own adventure around Honolulu with the Waikiki Trolley! The hop-on hop-off trolley is one of the top things to do in Hawaiʻi. Stop by the kiosk inside the Waikiki Shopping Plaza to plan your itinerary and buy your tickets! 

And You Creations is Oʻahu’s newest premier nature tour company. This last year they introduced their top-of-the-line Whale Watching package. Throughout the tour you’ll get to take part in Hawaiian traditions including an E hō mai (Hawaiian chant) ceremony, as well as a hula show. 

Still looking for fun things to do in Hawaiʻi? Try rock climbing! HiClimb opened up this fall and has been a fun new spot for those looking to challenge their rock climbing skills and those who just want to try something new. Located in the heart of Kakaʻako, this spacious climbing gym offers bouldering, top rope, lead climb, and auto-belay.

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Shop Until You Drop 

Hamilton Boutique inside the Waikiki Shopping Plaza is filled with fun souvenirs and knick-knacks you didn’t know you needed. One product in particular is popular among visitors: squishies! Their selection of squishies draws those far and near to collect these cute little gifts.

Take a piece of the Hawaiian lifestyle with you wherever you go. Known for their line of bright and tropical waterproof beach bags, ALOHA Collection opened up their first physical retail store in the heart of Waikīkī. Make sure to snag a bag before you leave! 

Inside Lono God of Peace at the Waikiki Business Plaza, you’ll find handmade Hawaiian jewelry that encapsulates a special meaning. Each hand engraved piece sends the message: “love and peace for all” from Hawaiʻi. 

Lobster roll with side of mac salad and fries

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Let’s Eat

A must-try on your trip is Istanbul. This mother-daughter owned restaurant brings Turkish inspired dishes to Hawaiʻi. From their hand-made hummus served with warm pita to the lamb shish and incredible cocktail menu, you’re sure to leave with a satisfied appetite. If you plan on going on a weekend, be sure to book your reservation weeks in advance as they fill up fast! 

One of the best things to do in Waikīkī is stop at Kith Treats. They serve up the best cereal/ice-cream combos you could have ever dreamed of. No seriously, they will take you straight back to early school mornings eating your favorite sugary cereal that your parents despised. Cereal flavors include cap’n crunch, cookie crisp, fruity pebbles, lucky charms… the list goes on. 

With the island known for its incredible seafood, Royal Lobster doesn’t fall short. Their buttered brioche lobster rolls are made from 100% fresh lobster from Maine. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

A candy lover’s dream, IT’SUGAR  at Ala Moana Center mall is a real life candyland. They have almost every candy imaginable and even feature local candy flavors that are unique to Hawaiʻi. Stock up on your favorites and make sure to snap a picture with your favorite candy statue. 

There you have your guide to the newest spots on Oʻahu! If you’re looking for more shopping and dining options, be sure to visit the Waikiki Shopping Plaza and Waikiki Business Plaza

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