Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and there’s no better place to say farewell than tropical Waikiki. The weather on Oahu remains beautiful through Labor Day, with temperatures around 85°F, and visitors flock to enjoy the last bit of summer season over the holiday weekend. With events throughout the weekend and the gorgeous Hawaiian landscape, you are sure to enjoy a relaxing vacation in Waikiki over Labor Day.
Things to Do
Beach Day Fun
Waikiki Beach is one of the world’s most popular beaches, and for good reason! The golden sand of this 2-mile stretch of beach looks out on the stunning Oahu landscape and spectacular Pacific sunsets. It is well-known for its calm, clear waters and family-friendly atmosphere. Beachgoers can soak up the sun while enjoying gorgeous views of Diamond Head, play in the waves, and grab a quick lunch from the many restaurants along the beach.
Enjoy Water Activities
Labor Day Weekend is a celebration of summer, and the warm waves of the Pacific are calling you! Head to Waikiki Beach to play in the calm waters, where iconic surf breaks are a fantastic place to learn how to surf. The clear water of Waikiki Bay is also a popular place for kayaking and paddle boarding. Rental equipment and lessons can be found at any number of shops along Waikiki Beach and Kalakaua Ave. Adventurous visitors may also want to check out parasailing for a bird’s eye view of Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach is teeming with marine wildlife and the calm water will make beginner snorkelers feel comfortable. Rent equipment from one of the beachside shops and head straight out into the bay to explore the underwater world, or sign up for a snorkeling tour to swim with turtles right off the shore. For those looking to stay dry, Atlantis Submarine Adventure takes you 100 feet under the water to enjoy the beautiful natural world under the waves.
Learn more about Hawaiian culture during your trip with a stop at Iolani Palace to learn about the Hawaiian monarchy, or pay a visit to the Bishop Museum to view cultural history exhibits. The Royal Hawaiian Center also has traditional music, hula shows and activities for free throughout the week. To experience a traditional luau, head to Paradise Cove, or check out the entertaining Luau Show at Rock-a-Hula in the heart of Waikiki.
Head out on the water for a catamaran sunset sail to enjoy gorgeous views of Diamond Head and the Oahu coastline. Or explore Waikiki’s coral reefs with a catamaran trip to Turtle Canyon, where you can see green sea turtles, tropical fish and maybe even a few spinner dolphins. For dinner and a show, climb aboard the Star of Honolulu, which offers sunset cruises with a buffet and Polynesian dance show.
For a cultural immersion experience, visit the Okinawan Festival on September 2-3 at Honolulu Convention Center. This festival celebrates the culture of the Japanese island of Okinawa through food, music, cultural exhibitions and educational activities for kids. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12.
Swimming fans will want to check out the Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Monday, September 4. This is a 2.3-mile swimming event in the open water along Waikiki Beach. Swimmers are allowed to register on the day of the event and spectators are welcome to watch from the beach.
On September 1 from 6-9pm, the First Friday at Hawaii State Art Museum hosts a family-friendly event with art, music and food. Museum galleries are open to the public, with live entertainment on the grounds. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For some extra fun, head to Waikiki Beach at dusk to watch the Friday Fireworks show put on by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.
If your stay extends beyond Labor Day Weekend, check out some of the Aloha Festival events starting September 9. This cultural celebration includes a royal court ceremony, hula, block parties and parades to celebrate Hawaiian culture throughout the month of September.
- Expect longer lines at tourist attractions due to the holiday weekend, and book tickets in advance when possible.
- Restaurants in Waikiki can get crowded over the weekend, so consider making reservations or dining outside of peak hours to avoid a long wait.
- To get a break from the Labor Day crowds, try heading north of Waikiki to Ala Moana Beach. This is a favorite local spot with calm water perfect for swimming, a laid-back vibe and plenty of space to spread out.
Spending Labor Day Weekend in Waikiki offers adventure and relaxation that is sure to create priceless memories for you and your loved ones. Check out these great vacation rentals in Waikiki to get started planning your holiday getaway!