Kahaloa & Ulukou Beaches


The narrow beach between the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotels is Waikiki’s busiest section of sand and surf, making it great for people-watching. Most of the beach has a shallow bottom with a gradual slope. The only drawback for swimmers is its popularity with beginner surfers, and the occasional catamaran landing hazard. Queens and Canoes, Waikiki’s best-known surf breaks, are just offshore. Paddle further offshore over a lagoon to Populars (aka ‘Pops’), a favorite of longboarders.

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1. Moana Surfrider Hotel

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Christened the Moana Hotel when it opened in 1901, this beaux-arts plantation-style inn was once the haunt of Hollywood movie stars, aristocrats and…

2. Royal Hawaiian Hotel


With its Moorish-style turrets and archways, this gorgeously restored 1927 art deco landmark, dubbed the ‘Pink Palace,’ is a throwback to the era when…

3. Kuhio Beach Surfboard Lockers

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Where most cities have bike racks and others have big parking garages, Waikiki has a public facility that embodies the very spirit of the beach: a huge…

5. Duke Kahanamoku Statue

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On the waterfront on Kalakaua Ave, this imposing statue of Duke Kahanamoku is always draped in colorful lei. The Duke was a true Hawaiian hero, winning…

6. Huge Banyan Tree

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Generations of surfers and sunbathers have enjoyed shade under this century-old banyan tree. It's the perfect pictorial backdrop for photos and it serves…

7. Princess Kaiulani Statue

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Princess Kaiulani was heir to the throne when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893. This statue of the princess feeding her beloved peacocks sits…

8. Kuhio Beach Park

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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…