Like most of the Hawaiian Islands, nightlife in Oahu cranks up when the sun goes down. As the sunset makes such a spectacular backdrop, activities tend to revolve around music (traditional Hawaiian or jazz), dancing, cocktails and dining.
However, Oahu offers something the other islands can’t: a big city after hours. Honolulu gives you all the action and excitement of a major metropolis in addition to the host of Hawaii specialties. So along with the club, bar and sophisticated social scene, you’ll also have the option to enjoy whale or dolphin watching, hula dancing and torch-lighting ceremonies,walks along the beach, and, if you happen to be out all night, the chance to witness an unforgettable sunrise.
- HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS’ ARTafterDARK, Honolulu. Have a fun, uniquely Hawaiian time at a pau-hana or after-work mixer in the art museum the last Friday of each month, except November and December. Activities combine art with food, music and dancing, and have included rice and sake tastings, Asian beers, live Asian fusion music and much more.
Address:900 South Beretania Street
- MAI TAI BAR AT ALA MOANA CENTER, Honolulu. Wrap up your day of Oahu excitement on the third floor of the Ala Moana Center with a relaxing specialty drink, great food and live entertainment. This local favorite gets quite busy after nine, so plan accordingly.
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
BANYAN VERANDA, Honolulu. Sipping afternoon tea, enjoying a sunset buffet or relaxing with cocktails by moonlight, the Banyan Veranda at Moana Surfrider is what romance on Oahu is all about. Each night features live Hawaiian music and piano set against a variety of beautiful banyan trees to create a remarkable, luxurious ambiance.
Address: 2365 Kalakaua Avenue
- MOANA TERRACE, Waikiki. Unwinding is easy at Moana Terrace at the Marriott Waikiki Resort & Spa. Great food, beautiful sunsets and excellent entertainment are in store at this poolside, open air and beachfront eatery at Marriott Waikiki. Whether you go to sip tropical drinks orenjoy some “pupu” (appetizers), you’re sure to have a memorable time.
Address: 2552 Kalakaua Avenue
- DUKE’S CANOE CLUB, Waikiki. Named for Hawaii’s most famous son and “Father of International Surfing”, Duke’s at the Outrigger Waikiki is the premier place for catching an incredible sunset as well as great drinks at the beachside bar. Evenings are also set aside for fabulous entertainment making this a “can’t miss” Waikiki stop.
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue