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Waikiki Beach, near Kapahulu Avenue

Oahu, HI
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Waikiki Beach, near Kapahulu Avenue, Oahu Hawaii

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I like this part of Waikiki Beach if I want to go bodyboarding! It's right near the zoo parking so it's an easy walk with a bodyboard and fins. Also, it has the best bodyboarding close to shore that can be found in Waikiki! The only caveat: there is a lot of reef and it's an inch from your knees as you zoom along at lightning speed! Still, if bodyboarding gives you a high, this place is for you!
The sand here is wide and nice. There are usually lots of kids swimming. Because of all the coral, your only choice is to swim near the shore. If you need shade, you'll find some on the south end of this beach. A wide lawn stretches out there with abundant shade trees. Coconut trees also provide some shade on the sand.
Occasional weekends, the city of Honolulu hosts the most amazing spectacle here- a movie on the beach! Nothing could be more blissful than sitting on a fold-up chair, toes buried in the sand, listening to the waves crash on the shore and the palms sway overhead, while watching a giant movie screen play a favorite film. And it's free! Parking can be bad so come early. There are vendors selling food but I usually eat at a nearby restaurant (where they can wash their hands- I'm germ paranoid!) I usually grab a pizza at Wolfgang Puck's, a short walk away on the corner of Kalakaua and Paoakalani Ave, and bring it back to the beach to eat while I take a good spot and wait for the movie. Come early or the lines at Wolfgang Puck's will surprise you! They have some really yummy combinations of veggie pizzas, which are cooked in an open hearth making for a crunchy crust.
Above Wolfgang Puck's is Tiki's Grill and Bar. It's relaxing to sit outside on their balcony amongst the tiki torches and red lanterns with a view of the ocean enjoying the wonderful live music. Try the amazing purple taro bread rolls served with banana butter- yum! Request the mashed purple Molokai sweet potato instead of fries. The coconut shrimp is delicious!
Across Kalakaua Avenue, on the corner of Kapahulu, there is a Starbucks. If I want something small to bring back to eat on the beach, I go to the ABC store and buy a guava Juice and a salmon Roll- they are local-style balls of rice with salmon, triangular, and wrapped in dried seaweed. For only a few dollars it's a yummy and healthy snack!
At night it's romantic to walk to the gazebo at the end of the jetty and take in the city lights, warm breeze, and salt water mist on your face.
Just across the street from this beach is Honolulu Zoo, my favorite zoo of all the zoos I've been to in the world!
Other nice spots in Waikiki from east to west are: the Hau Tree Beach all the way on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki- lots of shade and a lovely swim; the ocean swimming pool, a safe spot for more timid swimmers, and very romantic at night with the moon shining on the still water; Duke Kahanamoku Statue Beach, in the center of it all; the Sheraton Beach, crowded but with the warmest water for swimming; and all the way west before you hit the harbor, my favorite spot, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach, with tons of fun stuff for kids to do.
Great Place to Stay
One of my favorite places to stay in Waikiki is the Park Shore Waikiki Hotel. It's on the very end of Kapahulu Avenue, where it meets (across from) the beach! The wonderful thing about this hotel is that on the Diamond Head side of the hotel there are no other hotels around it, just open space. When you sit on your balcony (if you are on the Diamond Head side) you look out on the ocean, the lush strip of palms that hugs the shoreline, green green Kapiolani Park, and the perfect curve of Diamond Head. It's lovely! Also, once all the commotion of Waikiki has died down, in the wee hours of the morning, you can hear the ocean rolling in to shore. The rooms are bright and airy, though small. Every time you walk through the lobby to head for the beach, you get that Hawaii feeling- a huge panel of glass looks out on the park land outside and it is open on both sides, allowing for the island breeze to flow in. There are woven fans above that add to the tropical effect. From the pool's sundeck, you can watch the sun set over the ocean. From the hotel, you are just a minutes walk from the beach, Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park, and Waikiki Aquarium.  Make sure you reserve one of the "refreshed" rooms that has a view.

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Favorite local band, FreeSound, playing before the movie at Sunset On The Beach.
Favorite local band, FreeSound, playing before the movie at Sunset On The Beach.
The part of Waikiki Beach called Kuhio Beach lies between two jetties. At sunset it is delicious!
The part of Waikiki Beach called Kuhio Beach lies between two jetties. At sunset it is delicious!
"The Wall" is the name of the bodyboarding spot here.
"The Wall" is the name of the bodyboarding spot here.
Movie screen in the sand!
Movie screen in the sand!
Marvelous clear waters...Oh yeah.
Marvelous clear waters...Oh yeah.
Stunning view of Diamond Head from Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.
Stunning view of Diamond Head from Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.
Sunset over the water, seen from Park Shore Waikiki Hotel room.
Sunset over the water, seen from Park Shore Waikiki Hotel room.
Balcony at Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.
Balcony at Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.
The breezy tropical lobby at Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.
The breezy tropical lobby at Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.
Tiki's Bar and Grill is on a balcony across from the water.
Tiki's Bar and Grill is on a balcony across from the water.
Tiki's Grill and Bar has nice atmosphere.
Tiki's Grill and Bar has nice atmosphere.
The lanterns and ocean beyond at Tiki's Grill and Bar.
The lanterns and ocean beyond at Tiki's Grill and Bar.
View of the Waikiki Beach Ocean Swimming Pool (see entry) from Tiki's Grill and Bar.
View of the Waikiki Beach Ocean Swimming Pool (see entry) from Tiki's Grill and Bar.
A tiki dude and torch at Tiki's Grill and Bar.
A tiki dude and torch at Tiki's Grill and Bar.
Pink sunrise over the beach. Life doesn't get much better than waking up to this!
Pink sunrise over the beach. Life doesn't get much better than waking up to this!
Diamond Head, you are beautiful! Sunrise...
Diamond Head, you are beautiful! Sunrise...
Busy day at the beach!
Busy day at the beach!
Tons of people having fun.
Tons of people having fun.
You have to swim close to shore because of the reef.
You have to swim close to shore because of the reef.
Park Shore Hotel on Kapahulu Ave.
Park Shore Hotel on Kapahulu Ave.
Gazebo and turquoise water.
Gazebo and turquoise water.
Coconut trees, plumeria tree, and bright ocean.
Coconut trees, plumeria tree, and bright ocean.
Rock fountain along the road.
Rock fountain along the road.
 

Directions

This section of Waikiki Beach (sometimes called Kuhio Beach) is at the end of Kapahulu Avenue. There is a long jetty with a gazebo to your right as you look out at the ocean.
Parking is limited here so park at the zoo and walk. The zoo parking is on the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua. It costs $1 per hour and you can pay the parking machine with your credit card.
Wolfgang Puck's Pizza, corner of Kalakaua and Paoakalani Ave, 2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815, call (808) 931-6226.
Tiki's Grill and Bar, upstairs on the corner of Kalakaua and Paoakalani Ave, 2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815, call (808) 923-8454.
Great Place to Stay: Park Shore Waikiki Hotel, 2586 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, call (866) 406-2782.

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Visitor Ratings

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Elle
03/01/2011 15:04
Tikis is one of the best places in Waikiki. Outdoor with ocean view. Free parking. Good prices and terrific food at bar - Taco Tuesday $2 and happy hour. What\'s not to like!

Jeff
03/01/2011 09:25
Wish I was there it doesn't get much better then live music at tikis

Sara
01/05/2011 19:19
your pics are fantastic and an inspiration- planning my vacation today!

pete
06/06/2010 14:42
Pink Cadillac was a great night club in the 80s on waikiki strip...

Amy
12/21/2009 09:24
sunset on the beach was awesommeee.. i loved it soo muchh :)

Shellie
10/22/2009 20:13
I stayed here last November and loved every minute of it. There was never a minute without something to do.

Last Updated Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:24:06 GMT