Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach, Waikiki
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach is on the far west end of Waikiki. It's less crowded here and more pristine. Trees and large grassy lawns abound, and there's a ton of things for kids to do! This area is paradise for a toddler.
You can go from one cool activity to another starting at the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Walk amongst the shopping area that resembles a Japanese village with lanterns and a huge banyan tree. There's an icecream shop and souvenir store. Stroll the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village past the stream and tropical flowers. Kids will love to see the flamingoes, warm-weather penguins, ducks, koi, and other birds.
Once at the beach, walk west along the path to the Rainbow Lagoon, a nice place to explore. You can paddle around the aquamarine waters in a paddle boat while looking up at the colorful tiled Rainbow Tower. Sunset is purply gorgeous as seen from the grassy area by the lagoon.
Walk across the sand to the ocean. You will find large grass-shack umbrellas that give shade, palm trees bending in perfect curves, and kids playing and having fun. This is a sheltered place to swim. It's nice to cuddle your child on your hip and swim her under the pier to the other side, the Fort DeRussy Beach.
After your swim you can play on the playground at the Hale Koa Hotel's huge grass lawn. This is a perfect spot to grab some food at the very reasonably-priced snack shop and eat it under one of the shade trees. There is also nice outdoor seating with umbrellas. I love to get a fruit popsicle and savor it at the beach. The prices are amazing for burgers, veggie burgers, and stir frys. You can also grab a pizza at Round Table Pizza in the Japanese village area of Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel.
Walk through the lush grounds of the Hale Koa past the funny sausage trees to the Army Museum where your kids can climb on the cannons.
On Friday nights, Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel hosts fireworks. These are free and they are some of the best fireworks you'll see! Sit on the warm sand at dark and watch them overhead.
You can wash off your feet at a tap on the beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel. Restrooms and showers are along the sidewalk, between the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel and the Hale Koa hotel.
Hilton Hawaiian Village is a wonderful place to stay if you get the chance, in this green, lush, relaxed part of Waikiki.
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There are a few great choices for parking.
The first is the parking near Ala Wai Yacht Club and the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon. From Ala Moana Blvd coming from Waikiki direction, turn left onto Hobron Lane. Turn left again on Holomoana Street and follow it to the end. There is a parking lot at the end on your left. There is also parking all along Holomoana Street, and some shaded parking under the Ala Wai hotel. The parking lot parking is free. The shaded parking is metered.
The second option is to park in the Hilton Hawaiian Village parking. You can buy a drink at the bar on the beach and get your parking validated so that it's cheaper when you leave. From Ala Moana Blvd, turn onto Kalia Rd. Turn into the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel on your right. Follow the signs to the parking.
The third option is to park using the metered parking on Saratoga Rd. The only problem with it is that it is time-limited and you may need to come back and put more quarters in.
If you are in the military you can park in the Hale Koa Hotel parking off Kalia Rd. Lucky you!
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|lovely place for a picnic in the adjacent park or food from the nearly Hale Koa. We parked at the Hilton and had the parking validated by buying a glass of wine and getting parking validation stamped.|
|It's been an amazing trip on Oahu- highly recommmend!|
|Going on another vacation to Hawaii this December to escape the Chicago cold weather!!|
|Having lived in Waikiki for four years, I feel that I can now pass some accurate judgements about the place. Not as developed as beaches where I'm from yet some awesome nightlife. Parking is a battle but there are spots once you know them. Many establishments to choose from to eat, drink, dance and enjoy yourself. Beautiful island girls. Kalakaua Ave and its immediate surroundings is definitely best to hang out and a walk up and down the beach will reveal many great watering holes. Makes for an enjoyable visit, or extended stay...|