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The most famous beach on Oahu (and possibly in the
world), Waikiki Beach lives up to the hype. Never
has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the
1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination
extraordinaire. Though the sections in front of
major hotels can get crowded, the scene a mix of
local bathing beauties, Japanese surfers, and pink-roasted visitors is endlessly entertaining. The surf breaks
are far from shore, so there's plenty of gentle
water for swimming. And the options for pre- and
post-beach drinks, dining, and shopping are numerous.
Each grain of sand could tell a story for the millions
of visitors that walk this beach.
This famous stretch of sand offers so many things to do. Getting a tan on Waikiki Beach is only the beginning.
Get a rubber raft at a nearby ABC or E-Z Discount stores and float offshore. Sea turtles frequent the area fronting
the "grand dame" of Waikiki, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel. Cool off with a mai tai under the banyan tree where
"Hawaii Calls" was broadcast for 40 years.
Watch the surfers ride Waikiki's waves.
Better yet, take a lesson or catch some waves on an exciting outrigger canoe ride.
The local beach boys rent the gear, if you're lucky they'll tell the story of surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, now remembered with a statue
across from the Hyatt at Uluniu Ave.
Waikiki has nearly 1.5 miles of beach, really a series of beaches with their own intriguing names. The sand connects a
string of hotels and their oceanview restaurants. Rinse off in public open-air showers and have slippers and a shirt or pareau handy.
A real treat is to have brunch in the Surf Room at the "pink palace", the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. After a nap among the
sunbathers, browse through designer boutiques. At sunset, catch the free nightly hula show at Halekulani's
House Without a Key. After dark, look for the moon over Diamond Head.
Begin your visit by strolling along Waikiki's beautiful beaches. Stretching from Duke Kahanamoku Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the
Duke Kahanamoku statue on Kuhio Beach and beyond, you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or take your first surfing lesson or group canoe ride.
For beginners, the gentle waves at Waikiki Beach (once surfed only by Hawaiian royals) are ideal. Ask a friendly
Beach Boy for a lesson or rent a board by the surfboard racks on the sand.
You'll find almost everything you need for a day at the beach for rent by the Waikiki Beach Boys and other
various vendors. Here is a list of what you will find:
- Beach Umbrellas
- Beach Chaise Lounge
- Beach Chairs
- Air Mats & Tubes
- Boogie Boards
- Mask, Snorkel & Fin Rental
- Aqua Cycles
Explore Waikiki's Beaches
This landmark beach at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in the heart of Waikiki has great conditions for novice surfers.
Rent a surfboard here and take surfing lessons. Kuhio Beach Park includes the section of Waikiki Beach between the historic Moana Hotel and the
Kapahulu Groin. The offshore retaining wall at Kuhio Beach creates a sheltered swimming area, making it a popular beach for family outings.
Queen's Surf Beach
Queen's Surf Beach is a popular bodysurfing, swimming, snorkeling, and surfing beach
located in Waikiki's Kuhio Beach Park near the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and Kapiolani Park.
It was named after Queen Liliuokalani because at one time her
beach house and its pier were located here. It can be identified by the pedestrian walkway jutting into the sea that is known as the Kapahulu Groin
and the huge "Sunset on the Beach"
outdoor movie screen frame on one end of the beach. Queen's Surf beach is inside Kuhio Beach park.
Royal Manoa Beach
The beach in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Sheraton Moana Surfrider is really two
beaches, Kahaloa Beach and Ulokou Beach.
This man-made beach and lagoon on the Ala
Moana end of Waikiki, in front of the Hilton Hawaiian
Village Resort, was named after legendary surfer
Duke Kahanamoku. The Atlantis submarine tours and
dinner cruises pick up passengers at the Port Hilton
Dock which is located on Kahanamoku Beach.
Fort DeRussy Beach
The widest stretch of white sand beach in Waikiki is located in Fort DeRussy Beach Park. It is a popular spot for
snorkeling because of the coral reef a few hundred feet offshore.
This is the beach in front of the luxurious Halekulani Hotel
San Souci Beach
Also called Kaimana Beach, it's located between the War Memorial Natatorium and the New
Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Waikiki. Protected by a reed, this beach is great for families and swimming.
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Sunset on the Beach on Waikiki Beach
Sunset on the beach is a FREE movie shown on a huge 30 foot screen. The movies occur on the weekends and feature quality films for the
whole family to enjoy. And as the event title suggests, the 30 foot screen is on the beach. Sunset on the beach is an idea attributed to
Jeremy Harris, Former Mayor of Honolulu. Wanting to increase community activities and
the local Waikiki Economy, Mayor Harris started the "Sunset on the Beach" movie event in 2001. Sunset on the beach movie event is located at Queen's surf in beautiful Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. Queen's surf is across
the street from the Honolulu Zoo. A Map showing location of Sunset on the Beach movie in Waikiki available here.
There is FREE live music prior to the Sunset on the Beach movie on Waikiki Beach. A large stage is set up in front of the 30
foot screen for local muscians to entertain the movie goers. Sometimes there are 2 bands for the enjoyment of locals and tourists
alike. Music entertainment usually starts 2 hours before the movie is shown. A variety of food vendors provide excellent cuisine for
the movie goers at the Sunset on the Beach Waikiki Beach event.
Quality foods from local cuisines to mainland style pizza is for all to enjoy. Special deserts also make a great treat
topping off a good meal.