Great place to visit nearby the hotel: none unless you like to shop among tourists. If you want to go further than Wikiki... Hanauma bay Pearl harbor Polynesian cultural center Food: Roy's Waikiki Beach, at 226 Lewers Street. A decent Hawaiian fusion joint. We have these on the mainland too, but the quality here is better. Yanagi sushi, at 762 Kapiolani Boulevard - the loco Yakuza frequents this place. So just be cool and act "normal" if you see men with extensive tattoos or missing fingers. They won't bother you. The food's well worth it.
This is one of the best Marriot hotels I've stayed at. Love this hotel. In the area, yes, it's touristy and you won't get away from it, but this is true anywhere around Waikiki. Off the beaten path, head to Lanikai beach. North Shore you must must must try Giovanni's shrimp truck. If you love shrimp and worship garlic this is the place for you. Get the scampi and thank me later!
It's disappointing to see that no one answered this question with any degree of specificity and only offered suggestions that were NOT nearby. Since I'm headed to the Waikiki Edition later this year, I was hoping that this sort of question would be asked and answered. Bummer.
We took the trolley all over Honolulu and even over to the crater and back. The trolley driver will usually give you a talking tour. The zoo is nice and we always enjoy Dukes at sunset. It's in the Outrigger Waikiki. Dukes also has a nice brunch every morning. We walk and walk and walk. Love going through the hotels. If you're up for it, hike Diamond Head. Waikiki is one of the best places to learn to surf and you would enjoy a dinner cruise or snorkel trip. You can get to most places in Honolulu by either walking or the trolley. With the trolley you can transfer or at least get nearby where you want to be. It's so touristy but we always go to Hilo Hatties. They have their own trolley for free. Not sure if it's still running but check into the ferry. It will take you over to another side of the island and you will get to see the coast line and perhaps sea turtles or the like. When you land at the airport there will be a bunch of kiosks that will have brochures on things to do. Have not stayed at the Waikiki Edition but I'm sure its nice. Its an easy town to get around and figure out. Enjoy your trip!