Picnic in the Park: Top 3 Picnic Locales in Oahu
While you’ll likely want to enjoy most meals at SALT At Our Kaka’ako and 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar (or in the privacy of your lavish, ocean-view suite), sometimes a well-planned picnic in the park is too alluring to pass up. The island of Oahu is a magical destination for any type of vacation. Whether you’re visiting Prince Waikiki on a romantic getaway, family vacation, or corporate retreat, you’ll instantly fall in love with Oahu’s awe-inspiring natural beauty, island ambiance, and fresh cuisine. Prince Waikiki has quickly evolved into one of the best resorts in Hawaii, according to TripAdvisor, thanks to our world-class amenities, award-winning dining, and sleek, harbor-front infinity pool. But don’t forget that we’re also minutes away from a variety of top-reviewed tours, attractions, restaurants, and, yes, scenic picnic sites.
Plan a Picnic in the Park
Planning a picnic date can be a seamless process once you nail down the locale. Before piecing together an all-important picnic list (complete with healthy eats and thirst-quenching drinks), remember to read about these beautiful, quiet, and spacious destinations.
Diamond Head State Monument
Typically, picnics in Oahu take place at an overlook, near a waterfall, or along the beach. But don’t forget about Diamond Head State Monument’s expansive lawn in the heart of the crater. Families, couples, and large groups utilize the meticulously-groomed lawn space during the early afternoon hours to assemble a picnic. Diamond Head is a 761-foot-tall volcanic tuff cone that towers above the ocean’s shores along the southeastern shoreline of Honolulu—it’s one of the most recognizable natural marvels in Hawaii.
Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and Beach
Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and Beach remains a hidden gem among locals as most travelers flock to Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. After soaking in the crystal-clear lagoon and sunbathing near the Pacific Ocean’s edge, set up a picnic in the sand. Unlike a prototypical picnic in the park, a beach picnic tends to be much warmer. Thus, we recommend packing chilled fruit, crisp vegetables, ice-cold beverages, and perhaps some authentic Japanese cuisine from a local market, such as Nijiya. And don’t forget to pick a fun island picnic theme for your midday break!
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden
The Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden remains one of the last remaining windward Oahu hidden gems despite being a tropical, visually-striking 400-acre sanctuary. The land, which provides flood protection for Kāneʻohe, features botanical collections from all across the globe (including Malaysia, Africa, and Polynesia). Luckily for you, admission to the botanical garden is free. There is ample space for a picnic in the park as well as spectacular birdwatching, photography, and hiking opportunities near the Visitor Center.
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Prince Waikiki is centrally located near Honolulu’s top-rated attractions and thrilling South Oahu excursions. When you’re not snorkeling with dolphins, admiring eye-popping street art, or hiking to Makapu’u Point, spend your days poolside at our private, waterfront retreat or venture to one of the city’s many heavenly beaches. For those who are aiming to plan a picnic in the park, we recommend speaking with our knowledgeable on-site concierge upon arrival. To learn more about our deluxe on-site amenities, top-rated restaurants, and world-class hospitality, please visit us online.