Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial Tours

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.
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Address: 2815 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, USA
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Half-day Bike Tour and Hike to Diamond Head

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$178.01
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Honolulu Segway Tour: Kapiolani Park, Makalei Beach Park and Queen’s Surf Beach

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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