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Waikiki Beach, near Kapahulu Avenue

Oahu, Hawaii, United States


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.
A few times a year, 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. 
Nearby is Tiki's Grill and Bar (on the second floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel). It's relaxing to sit outside on their balcony among 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.
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.

Photo Gallery

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 Wall" is the name of the bodyboarding spot here.

Movie screen in the sand!

Marvelous clear waters...Oh yeah.

Stunning view of Diamond Head from Park Shore Waikiki Hotel.

Sunset over the water, seen from Park Shore Waikiki Hotel room.

Balcony 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 Grill and Bar has nice atmosphere.

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.

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!

Diamond Head, you are beautiful! Sunrise...

Busy day at the beach!

Tons of people having fun.

You have to swim close to shore because of the reef.

Park Shore Hotel on Kapahulu Ave.

Gazebo and turquoise water.

Coconut trees, plumeria tree, and bright ocean.

Rock fountain along the road.


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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.
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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