Kapiolani Beach Park @ Waikiki

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Address 2709 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Often far less crowded than anything near the center of Waikiki.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Concession Stand • Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: No Dogs Allowed • Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Fees For Parking
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Parking: Street only • Good For: Bodysurfing • Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming
• Surfing Level: Beginner • Surfing Level: Intermediate

Getting to Kapiolani Beach Park is easy, just follow the signs to Waikiki (see Waikiki Guide). Since this beach is near the very southeast end of Waikiki there are some free street parking options if you go just a little past Queen's Beach @ Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue. If you can't find a free spot there then turn around when you reach the large fountain and you'll find quite a few metered parking spots on the northbound side of the street. If you didn't bring change with you then turn east on Kapahulu Avenue and park in the parking lot next to the Honolulu Zoo. Note your license plate number then head to one of the many payment kiosks where you can pay with cash or credit card.

On weekends, chances are good that all of these available parking options will be used up. In that case, try one of the paid parking garages like the one behind the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa on Koa Avenue, next to (east of) King's Village Shopping Center. For more on parking, see Free & Cheap Waikiki Parking.

Across from the sandy beach, Queen Kapi'olani Regional Park is a very large grassy area with lots of shade, picnic tables, and even some fitness equipment. It doesn't really get used all that much so it can be a great placed for a walk in the park, playing, doing some yoga, and so on. It really is a nice park but there are often a lot of homeless people living around here.

The beach area itself is a bit small and much of it has eroded away the further southeast that you go. The water is nice but there are some rocky areas on the bottom. It doesn't get used as much as the other bits of Waikiki so you won't have the crowding issues here as much. This is a popular spot for surfing as well.

Overall, it's not a spectacular beach compared to others in the area but it's still good. For more on Waikiki area beaches see The Beaches Of Waikiki.