Kuhio Beach Park

Kuhio Beach Park information

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Waikiki , USA
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If you’re the kind of person who wants it all, this beach offers everything from protected swimming to outrigger-canoe rides, and even a free sunset-hula and Hawaiian-music show. You’ll find restrooms, outdoor showers, a snack bar, surfboard lockers and beach-gear-rental stands at Waikiki Beach Center , near the friendly police substation.

The beach is marked on its opposite end by Kapahulu Groin , a walled storm drain with a walkway on top that juts out into the ocean. A low stone breakwater, called the Wall, runs out from Kapahulu Groin, parallel to the beach. It was built to control sand erosion and, in the process, two nearly enclosed swimming pools were formed.

The pool closest to Kapahulu Groin is best for swimming, with the water near the breakwater reaching overhead depths. However, because circulation is limited, the water gets murky with a noticeable film of sunscreen oils, especially later in the day. The ‘Watch Out Deep Holes’ sign refers to holes in the pool’s sandy bottom created by swirling currents, so waders should be cautious in the deeper part of the pool.

Kapahulu Groin is one of Waikiki’s hottest bodyboarding spots. If the surf’s right, you can find a few dozen bodyboarders, mostly teenagers, riding the waves. These experienced local kids ride straight for the groin’s cement wall and then veer away at the last moment, thrilling the tourists watching them from the little pier above. Local kids also walk out on the Wall, but it can be dangerous due to a slippeery surface and breaking surf.