10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN HONOLULU

Embrace the “aloha” spirit on the tropical island of Oahu.

Explore activities

For many, the name Honolulu conjures stereotypical images of palm trees and hibiscus-flower necklaces. But besides this island-life cliche, Honolulu possesses big-city characteristics. In fact, this large metropolis functions as a modern capital city and houses 80 percent of the state's population.

If you’re looking for a big city team-building retreat infused with island charm, Honolulu is the place for you. With countless activities taking place both in nature and throughout the concrete jungle, your team are guaranteed to return home feeling more relaxed and connected than ever. 

In this helpful resource, you’ll discover some of our favourite tried-and-tested team-building ideas from surfing lessons to authentic Hawaiian cooking courses.

Organize your next company retreat with Surf Office

You can book these team building activities exclusively as a part of our retreat package.

Get a quote

Learn to ride ocean waves with a surf lesson

  • Learn how to stand up and ride a surfboard in the pacific ocean.
  • The certified instructors provide a brief instructional demonstration, followed by land practice, before heading into the surf zone.
  • All lessons include equipment including reef shoes, rashguard, leash and surfboard.
  • The full lesson time is approximately two hours.
  • Experience the authentic island lifestyle with local Hawaiian surfers.

Leverage teamwork skills at the breakout room

  • Attempt to escape from Hawaii’s top-rated live-action escape rooms.
  • At least 2-3 participants are required per room with a maximum of 8.
  • Your team must consolidate their skills to solve the puzzles and escape.
  • Got a large group? Build a custom schedule for your group to feature back-to-back escape rooms.
  • Groups gather after attempting to make their escape for photos and a debriefing session.
  • Explore unique rooms with their own themes and missions. 

Learn authentic Hawaiian cooking techniques from a local chef

  • Cooking classes are held in a beautiful home on the Diamond Head coast of Honolulu.
  • A unique menu, recipes, and cooking equipment will be awaiting you.
  • After cooking, sit down to enjoy your freshly prepared meal at a communal table.
  • Leave the classes with unique recipes and a special memento from the class.
  • Cooking stations are located in a cool open-air kitchen.
  • Your friendly tutor shares personal and cultural stories as you cook.

Take on challenges in an escape room-scavenger hunt hybrid experience

  • Enjoy a guided, live-action, outdoor escape game that takes place in public spaces.
  • Inspired by traditional escape games, your team must work together to solve various puzzles and challenges.
  • Part scavenger hunt, part escape game, your experience is guaranteed to be immersive and varied.
  • Your game manager explained the games and keeps your group thoroughly engaged.
  • A great alternative to typical indoor escape rooms.

Sail over turquoise waters on a Hawaiian catamaran

  • Take to the water on a custom-designed, mahogany, cold-moulded catamaran built in 1968.
  • Choose from private charters, snorkels, sails, firework cruises, and other custom packages.
  • All tours include a friendly and experienced crew, Snorkels and fins, life jackets and soft drinks.
  • Participants are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages aboard.
  • Located conveniently in the popular Kakaako district between Waikiki and Downtown.
  • Embark on a unique team bonding experience and create unforgettable memories.

Channel your inner diva at the karaoke lounge

  • A large selection of 12 private karaoke rooms for all your entertainment needs.
  • Rooms come in various sizes, each with an individual sound system and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • The unique and friendly environment enhances your experience.
  • Explore an enormous selection of songs with a variety of genres and artists.
  • All rooms are extremely clean, cosy and fun.
  • Feel free to bring your own snacks.

Learn axe throwing techniques and hit the bullseye

  • Learn to throw axes with guidance from safety-certified axe coaches.
  • Coaches spend one-on-one time with each group member.
  • Master the art of axe throwing and take part in a variety of axe-throwing games.
  • Opportunity to rent the full facility for large groups.
  • Enjoy the well-maintained, aesthetically pleasing venue.
  • The on-site staff ensure participants are kept safe at all times.

Learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding

  • Learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding with certified instructors.
  • Paddleboarding lessons are the perfect activity for all ages and fitness levels.
  • A ratio of 1 instructor to 4 students is maintained for your safety and enjoyment.
  • Group bookings of up to 20 people are accepted.
  • The experienced instructors are extremely patient and helpful.
  • Enjoy glorious views of Diamond Head and Waikiki from the training area.

Find your balance at the yoga studio

  • Choose from a variety of class formats with specialist instructors.
  • Your in-depth, professional yoga class lasts 60 minutes.
  • Class difficulty levels can be adjusted to all experience levels.
  • The clean facility includes showers and lockers.
  • Plenty of convenient parking located nearby.

Challenge yourself at the indoor climbing centre

  • Custom-built climbing walls provide a climbing experience for all levels.
  • Members and guests are given a full safety briefing to mitigate injuries.
  • The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Try a range of disciplines from belayed climbs to rope-free bouldering.
  • Relax after your session at the on-site coffee shop.
  • Climbers are provided with all the necessary equipment.

Organize your next company retreat with Surf Office

You can book these team building activities exclusively as a part of our retreat package.

Get a quote

Check out more team building activities in 

USA