Coconut Waikiki Hotel’s Guide to Social Distance Activities on Oahu

Planning a trip to Hawaii? We await your visit or return to Coconut Waikiki Hotel, your home away from home in Honolulu, and want to make sure that — when the time comes — you have a few ideas to add to the itinerary of things to do while keeping your social distance.

Here are some of our favorite social distance activities to make your travels to Oahu fun AND safe!

Hiking: Whether you are looking for an easy or strenuous hike, Oahu has trails for all levels of hiking with breathtaking views. All Trails is a great resource to look up hikes to ensure you are prepared with the correct shoes and gear! A few favorites include: Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, Lanikai Pillbox, and Manoa Falls Trail. As a reminder, please stay on the marked trails and leave no trace to keep Hawaii beautiful!

Art Murals in Kaka’ako: Home to colorful murals painted on buildings and walls throughout the neighborhood. Take a walk around this hip neighborhood and check out artwork by locals and visiting artists, commissioned by Pow! Wow! Hawaii.

Farmers Markets: one great way to try authentic, local food and fresh fruits is a visit to the farmers market! Some favorites include KailuaTown Farmers Market, Haleiwa Market and Kaka’ako Farmers Market — shop small and support local businesses!

Beaches: We’re all familiar with the world-famous and beautiful Waikiki Beach, just a short walk from Coconut Waikiki Hotel, but Oahu is home to more than 100 beaches — which means there are plenty of beaches to visit to avoid the crowds. Popular beaches outside of Waikiki will always be less crowded, such as Kailua Beach Park,Lanikai Beach, Waimanalo Bay, and Sunset Beach. While we won’t share hidden gems and local favorites here, a quick Google search might help with some ideas that are more secluded.

Museums & History: While most people love traveling to Hawaii for our endless beaches, there is so much to learn about Hawaii’s rich culture and history — after visiting one of the many museums on Oahu, your love for Hawaii grows that much deeper. Check out Honolulu Museum of Art, Bishop Museum, and historical places of interest, such as: Iolani Palace, former residence of the Hawaiian monarchs, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, and Byodo-In Temple located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Although most museums are indoors, they are following current restrictions to make sure your visit is a safe one!

Gardens & Parks: Take a stroll in lush gardens and parks throughout the island of Oahu. Be sure to visit: Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe, Waimea Valley in the North Shore and Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu.

Water Activities: Surf, SUP, Snorkel, Sailing… need we say more? The perfect way to get active, enjoy the beautiful ocean and keep your distance! Learn more about activities, lessons and rentals here.

Be sure to browse our Waikiki Guide for more ideas! As always, plan ahead and check the most recent rules, restrictions and opening hours.