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Our Favorite Honolulu Hidden Gem: The Hokulani Waikiki Rooftop Bar

Casey R.

Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations is our favorite place to stay in Waikiki. The rooms are beautiful and spacious, and the staff is so warm and friendly, they remember your name and go out of their way to make your stay special. But one of the best parts is the Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar.

View from the Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar

You can see right down Kalakaua Ave to Diamond Head peeking over the top of the high-rise at the other end, directly from within the pool. Look in the other direction and you can see the ocean and even make out the surfers on Waikiki beach.

The pool here is small and not very deep so won’t appeal to everyone but it is just the right temperature to cool off, and the view is unbeatable. It makes a great place to laze an afternoon away while soaking up the Hawaiian sunshine.

Surrounding the pool are numerous loungers, tables, chairs, and sofas along with plenty of shaded areas. There is a small bar offering a selection of beers and cocktails with friendly bartenders. Iced water is always available for free. The resort provides large fluffy towels and even sunscreen.

Rooftop seating at the Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar

The best part of the roof is the eight cabanas offered free to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Each cabana has a TV and a small fridge, a day bed and table and chairs as well as a safe for your valuables.

The Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar is one of our favorite places to have lunch in all of Waikiki. You can buy ready-made salads or sandwiches and snacks from the ABC store downstairs or venture a little further to the Food Pantry for provisions.

Snacking at the Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar

The suites all have kitchens, so we buy a few days’ worth of snacks and lunches and head up to the roof for a relaxing lunch. We can spend a whole day up here, eating, drinking and sunbathing, with very little interruption – it’s very relaxing.

While we mostly use this space during the day, the roof is open until 10 p.m. every night and has spectacular nighttime views.

Welcoming of Hilton Grand Vacation owners

Every Monday night they have a movie on the roof which makes this an even better place to grab a pizza and take in the latest blockbuster or classic movie.

The resort even provides popcorn.

I would recommend the Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar to adults traveling without children or to those with very small children who don’t require a large sprawling resort-like pool.

Sunset at the Hokulani Waikiki rooftop bar

Hope to see you on the roof!


Casey R.

A Member since 2016, Casey’s home resort is Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise in Las Vegas. Casey is from Australia, and when traveling the globe, she loves to embrace different cultures. She does this by exploring off the beaten path, eating unique foods, and lounging around the pool or beach. Casey loves to travel with her husband and appreciates all the brilliant places they have visited together. She enjoys having breakfast in her HGV kitchen, and values this money-saving hack while traveling. Casey is a night owl who loves reading books and sipping cherry limeade cocktails by the pool.

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