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Hau Tree Beach, Waikiki

Oahu, Hawaii, United States


Hau Tree Beach, also called San Souci or Kaimana Beach, is one of my favorite swims in Waikiki! The water is clear and calm and the bottom is soft sand. Toddlers can play on the shore without waves scaring them. Best of all, there is a huge block of shade on the beach in the morning created by the high rises behind (shade is a rare thing on Waikiki Beach).
Behind the beach is a large grassy area with a zillion coconut palms- it's beautiful! Next to the beach is the historic natatorium, a 1920s hangout that was the "place to be seen." A pretty Hau tree shades the lanai restaurant on the bottom floor of the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel behind the beach. There is a convenience store in the front of this hotel accessed from Kalalaua Ave where you can buy a yogurt or protein drink to take to the beach.
Waikiki Aquarium is right by Hau Tree Beach and is a nice place to visit with your kids. The displays are excellent and the aquarium is small enough that it is easily do-able! There is a great Banyan tree where you can swing like tarzan between Hau Tree Beach and the aquarium- don't miss out on the fun!
Kapiolani Park, a large, pretty park, is across Kalakaua Ave from Hau Tree Beach. You can walk east to Tonggs Beach where you will find a tiny wall and walkway by the sea, plus gingerbread-style houses, and then to Diamond Head Overlooks past Diamond Head Lighthouse from Hau Tree Beach

Photo Gallery

A father and baby girl in the calm waters close to shore.

The Hau Tree Lanai- what a pretty tree!

Hau Tree Beach, the wall in front of it where people hang out, and the classy high rises behind.

Looking to the south from a swim at Hau Tree Beach.

The huge lawn and zillions of coconut trees next to Hau Tree Beach.

The vine-covered walkway between Hau Tree Beach and the natatorium.

The natatorium.

The amazing Banyan tree vines that you can swing on!

The Banyan tree by Hau Tree Beach.

The beautiful Banyan tree between Hau Tree Beach and Waikiki Aquarium.

An abundance of coconut trees at the lawn!

Palm trees and sea.

View of the beach, from the lawn.


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Park along Kalakaua Ave. The parking is metered and costs 25 cents per half hour, and it can fill up on weekends so come early. Bring quarters for the parking meters. There are showers at Hau Tree Beach, and restrooms at the nearby natatorium.
Click "satellite" and zoom in to see the natatorium and shady Hau Tree Beach from above.
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