Kahanamoku Beach


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There is a law in Hawaii mandating public access to its beaches which states that any land below the highest wave line is considered state property and open to the public. As a result, resorts and developments must provide free access to beaches fronting their property. Only certain federal lands are exempt from this rule.


Kahanamoku Beach is at the western edge of Waikiki, in front of Hilton’s Hawaiian Village.

It is named for Hawaii’s legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku. His family owned the land before the resort was built.

Duke learned to swim on this beach and went on to become an Olympic Gold Medalist. He was born in 1890 and died in 1968.

While staying in Honolulu,  we had a room at the Hawaiian Village.  Each morning, still on NYC time,  I’d walk the beach and  lagoon, catching the sunrise over Diamond Head and watching shore birds before the beach-goers arrived.


Kahanamoku Beach is adjacent to Fort DeRussy Beach, which is a military reservation


Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park (coming soon)
  • 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: Public access at the end of Paoa Pl, off Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii

Designation: Public Beach

Date established/designated: circa 1954

Date of my visit: April 10 2019