Kapiʻolani Beach Park
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Queen Kapiʻolani Statue
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Sunset on the Beach
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Kapiʻolani Beach Park information
Where did all the tourists go? From Kapahulu Groin south to the Natatorium, this peaceful stretch of beach, backed by a green space of banyan trees and grassy lawns, offers a relaxing niche with none of the frenzy found on the beaches fronting the Waikiki hotel strip. Facilities include restrooms and outdoor showers. Kapiʻolani Beach is a popular weekend picnicking spot for local families, who unload the kids to splash in the ocean while adults fire up the BBQ.
The widest northern end of Kapiʻolani Beach is nicknamed Queen’s Surf Beach. The stretch in front of the pavilion is popular with Waikiki’s gay community. Its sandy bottom offers decent swimming. Long-boarders favor the offshore left-handed surf break Publics.