Waikiki Beach Walk performances

This new Waikiki hotspot is bursting with shops, restaurants and entertainment.

Waikiki Beach Walk, the largest development in Waikiki's history to date, is an eight-acre mecca for fun, excitement and relaxation.

Free entertainment in the two-level, open-air gathering place includes Ku Haaheo (To Cherish with Pride) from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Hula halau (schools) tell stories of Hawaii through song and dance; every word, gesture, movement and facial expression contributes to the telling of the tales.

From 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on two Sundays of every month, some of Hawaii’s top entertainers take the stage for the Na Mele No Na Pua (Music for the Generations) Sunday Showcase. Past performers have included Maunalua, Ledward Kaapana, Jeff Rasmussen, Kuuipo Kumukahi, Robi Kahakalau and other winners of Na Hoku Hanohano (Stars of Distinction) awards, known as Hawaii’s Grammys.

And every July, the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival spotlights both well-known steel guitarists and students learning how to play the instrument at Ke Kula Mele Hawaii. Alan Akaka, the director of that school of Hawaiian music and a gifted steel guitar player himself, always puts together a stellar lineup.