Fort DeRussy Beach Park Video

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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. You can see my original post on Fort DeRussy here.

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When going through my camera roll, I found a video clip I’d forgotten to include in the original post, so here it is. Enjoy!

Location: 2055 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Designation: Military Reservation

Date established/designated: circa 1904

Date of my visit: April 2019

Kahului Harbor

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After departing Honolulu, our cruise ship docked in Kahului on the island of Maui. It was very windy that morning with rough waters, so our snorkeling excursion was canceled. So we decided to explore the port area for a little while since our Haleakala excursion wasn’t until the late afternoon.

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Kahului is the business center of Maui, with shopping malls and shipyards. This town was rural and undeveloped until the sugar cane industry boom. Then, the sugar companies built a railroad to haul their crop to the harbor.

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In 1900, the bubonic plague swept through Kahului. Officials burned down the town to staunch the epidemic. In 1948, the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Company built the planned community that is modern day Kahului.

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The sugar plantations are gone now, the factories shuttered. Kahului is still important to Maui as a port, bringing needed supplies and tourists to the island on a regular basis.

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We walked past the industrial cargo container yards and strip malls and found a decent beach. There were windsurfers and kayakers in the water here and a few sunbathers on the sand. Not exactly paradise, but clean enough to dip our toes in the water before heading back to the ship.

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Maui Posts:

  • Kahului Harbor
  • Haleakalā National Park (Coming Soon)
  • ʻĪao Valley State Monument (Coming Soon)
  • Maui Tropical Plantation (Coming Soon)
  • Maui Ocean Center (Coming Soon)

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Location: 100 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Designation: Harbor, Public Beach

Date of my visit: 4/14/2019

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Hau’ula Beach Park

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As part of our North Shore tour, we stopped at Hau’ula beach to take a dip in the ocean. All beaches in Hawaii are public and this one has a parking lot, restrooms and showers.  Hau’ula translates to ‘red hibiscus.’

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Hau’ula Beach Park is on Oahu’s windward coast and is popular with the locals for picnicking. It was quiet when we were there and we were the only tourists.

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The beach itself is narrow…our shoes almost got washed away when we didn’t leave them high enough up the bank. I also noticed an unfortunate problem with plastic garbage washing up on the shore. But it was peaceful…some of the other beaches along that section of the highway were packed with no available parking, so it was nice to be away from the crowds.

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Location: 54-135 Kamehameha Hwy, Hauula, HI 96717

Designation: Public Beach

Date of my visit: April 11, 2019

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Fort DeRussy Beach Park

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Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! If you are seeing this on Twitter or Facebook, please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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)

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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

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