Fort DeRussy Beach Park


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Fort DeRussy is a beach-front military reservation in the Waikiki area. The beach stretches between Kahanamoku Beach and the Outrigger Hotel. While it is under the jurisdiction of the US Army, most of the park, including the beach, is open to the public.


The Army purchased this land from a Chinese billionaire in 1904. The army built defensive batteries there, but after a test of the guns shattered the windows of nearby resorts, that use was discontinued. Battery Randolph then became an R&R installation during the Vietnam War. Today it houses the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaiʻi.


I walked the beach from Kahanamoku to the end of DeRussy each morning to watch the sun rise over Diamond Head. The DeRussy Beach is said to be the largest in Waikiki, which is made up of 6 or 7 beaches. One morning, after it drizzled on me for a bit, I saw a rainbow.


DeRussy Park also has a large landscaped greenspace. We could see people running, walking dogs or participating in a Tai Chi class there in the mornings.


Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Green World Coffee Farm (coming soon)
  • The Dole Plantation (coming soon)
  • Anahulu River (coming soon)
  • Waimea Falls (coming soon)
  • Hau’ula Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm (coming soon)
  • Byodo-In Temple (coming soon)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)


Location: 2055 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Designation: Military Reservation

Date established/designated: circa 1904

Date of my visit: April 2019


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  1. Rather than have all those wives meeting their husbands on R&R go out to the airport, the Army had them wait for their husbands at DeRussy. In December 1970, Alie and I were older than the average couple, so she waited at the end of a double line; I was the first off the bus and had to run a gauntlet of screaming young women before I found her. I’m not complaining; it was one of the highlights of my year.

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