Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination extraordinaire. While much of it has been eroded, trampled by millions of feet, or encroached upon by towering skyscrapers, hints of its original beauty can still be seen in the crashing waves and the warm sand. Come night time, the hipsters strut their clubwear on the beachwalk, and lovers find peaceful little nooks under the cover of sweeping palm trees. Waikîkî extends from the Ala Wai Canal (a channel dug to drain former wetlands) on the west and north, to Diamond Head or Lçʻahi on the east. The name means spouting water in Hawaiian for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikîkî from the interior. Today it is considered the center of the tourist industry in Hawaiʻi, with an abundance of both high-rise resort hotels (including the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Halekulani hotel, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, and the Sheraton Waikiki) and historic hotels dating back to the early 20th century (such as the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel).
Well he is simply the father of Modern Surfing or what you would call the "Ultimate Surfer Dude!". His bronze statue welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms. Duke was one of the world's greatest watermen, a master of swimming, surfing, and canoeing, and hero. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was born on August 24, 1890. He grew up swimming and surfing in Waikiki. During the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, he won gold medals both in the 100 meters and in the relay. He finished the 100 meters with a silver medal during the 1924 Olympics in Paris. This statue was erected as a tribute to him. (he is not really a royal duke but that was his first name)
Waikiki Beach is not really one beach its about three beaches and this is one of the most famous beaches in the world. This is where all the people want to be and where all the hotels are at. Well not all the hotels about ALOT of them.
If you havent been here you should check it out. If you have been here before then go to another beach, there are many and other beaches on Oahu are much more beautiful and less crowded.
But you have to at least come here once. There are tons of lifeguards, surf classes, board rentals, showers, bathrooms and food around here. Its great. On the down side, it is crowded, very crowded. You can find the statue of Duke Kahanamoku here. My nephew is named Duke after the famous surfer and he loves taking his picture here. There are also picnic tables and shade to hang out at. You will find alot of entertainment on the beach here too like free hula shows, music, and other times of entertainment.
The world famouse Waikiki beach, what a dissapointment!!! I had really high hops before I came to Hawaii, I mean who didn´t heard about Waikiki beach the paradise on earth.
It was so crouded whit people and it was of season, the beach wasn´t so big as I thought it would be, the sand felt dirty and it was impossible to lie there and enjoy of our paradise vacation. Lucky for us we stayed at Hilton Hawaii Village and the beach by the Hilton is the best in all of Waikiki SEE MY TIP OF THE DUKE KAHANAMOKU BEACH PARK ON MY THINGS TO DO TIP
If you want to see my rankings of the beaches in Waikiki se my Fort DeRussy Beach tip.
I do not recomend this beach, this is a pure tourist trap. Go to Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park or Fort DeRussy Beach instead
The NO.1 Beach in Waikiki. Always clean beach, nice sand and not so crouded. They clean the beach every morning and "airing" the beach every morning. Besides the beach you can enjoy the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, great for small children since it´s not so deep.
The Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park is located right by Hilton Hawaiian Village.
As in every beach in Waikiki you can rent a bunch of funny things for your water activitys, such as surfboards, kayaks small boats and much more. You can also take surflessons.
If you want to see my rankings of the beaches of Waikiki see my Fort DeRussy Beach tip.
A great Beach Park. Here you can rent surfingboards, kayak and much more fun for water activities. Nice sand on the beach aswell.
No.3 in my own ranking (see my tip of the Fort DeRussy Beach things to do tip, there is my whole list of my ranking of Waikiki beaches)
Be a lifeguard for a day???!!!! No I´m just kidding. But you can take a cool picture in the lifeguard tower.
The Fort DeRussy Beach is slightly better beach then Waikiki Beach, WHY you wonder? Well it´s much more cleaner and there a little less people there than Waikiki beach and the sand is nicer. Here´s more tourists from the Hilton Hawaiian Village since it´s so close.
At Fort DeRussy beach you can rent a bunch of funny things for your water activitys, such as surfboards, kayaks small boats and much more.
Fort DeRussy Beach is no.2 in my own ranking of the beaches. The No.1 beach is Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park (SEE MY TIP OF THE DUKE KAHANAMOKU BEACH PARK IN THINGS TO DO TIP)
My rankings of the beaches in Waikiki
*1 Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park (See my things to do tip of D.K Beach Park)
*2 Fort DeRussy Beach
*3 Kuhio Beach Park (See my things to do tip of Kuhio Beach Park)
*4 Waikiki Beach (See my things to do tip of Waikiki Beach)
I´m really dissapointed that WAIKIKI BEACH is the worst beach of them all, this is the world famouse beach but it´s just a tourist trap.
This is probably the most popular place for snorkling. Its also a great place to take the kids. You can rent masks, fins, snorkels and lockers at the beach. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most popular recreational swimming, snorkeling, diving and picnicing areas in Hawai‘i. The bay is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and Conservation District.
$1.00 per car to park and $5.00 per person to enter. The entrance fee is waived for children under 13 and for residents of Hawaii with proof of residency.
Well I guess a trip to Honolulu wouldn't be complete without at least quickly checking out Waikiki Beach... We went down to the beach every day but didn't swim every day... The beach was quite small compared to what we expected (I guess we're used to Aussie beaches) and there were a lot of people there (which we expected anyway)...still we found our own little space and sat around watching the waves roll in for a while. :)
One of the best beaches in the world, is WAIKIKI BEACH. Weather-weary travellers come from all over the world just to experience the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy the sun. The sun shines here at least 300 days a year and the water is warm all year round.
WAIKIKI BEACH has nearly 1.5 miles of beach. KUHIO BEACH is one of a series of beaches that make up Waikiki Beach.
Surfing gained widespread popularity in the early 1900's after the formation of the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Hui Nalu swim club. Hui Nalu members became the first beachboys and began teaching tourists to surf and paddle outrigger canoes --- services that visitors still find on the beach today.
Among Hui Nalu's founding members was Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a statue of whom is on Kuhio Beach, welcoming all to Waikiki and the ocean he loved so dearly.
Enjoy the day at the beach, relax and stay for the beautiful sunset. After you can see the torch lighter running to light the torches on the Waikiki strip.Watch out there is some coral or something hard at some parts of the water, which can hurt your feet.
The main reason you are going to be heading to Waikiki is to see the beach scene. Whether going out and running through the sand is your thing, or if you prefer to sit in a bar and watch the other swimmers, you will have alot of fun people watching!
Did you know that the sand on Waikiki Beach comes from Stockton, Australia? I drive past the Stockton sand dunes every day on the way to work.
It felt like they were cheating....Having one of the most famous beaches in the world and it's not even real!!
Never mind, the sand was lovely and clean and great to walk on. Just make sure you don't trip over people or boat rigging as you walk along the beach. It's not easy to dodge all the obstacles.
If you are into something that gets your pulse rate going a little more than lazing on the beach, you can go parasailing.
I didn't actually go, but one day I saw these spots on the horizon and couldn't work out what they were. A large bird, helicopter? Then as they came into focus, I noticed it was some thrill seekers being pulled along behind a boat with a parachute. Too energetic for me :o)