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Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

The lagoon next to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor is sometimes called the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon but it is actually owned by the state of Hawaii and its official name is the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon. The lagoon is approximately five feet deep and its recirculation system draws about 15,000 gallons of water per minute from the ocean, completely recirculating the water about five times a day. The lagoon has a sandy bottom but the sand in and around it is rather coarse so you will probably want to wear sandals while walking in the lagoon sand.

Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the
	Hilton Hawaiian Village
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

Duke Kahanamoku Beach is just to the left of the above picture, and to the right you can see the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and beyond that, the Magic Island area of Ala Moana Beach Park.

History of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

In the 1950's, as part of Henry J. Kaiser's Hawaiian Village development project, he and the State of Hawaii expanded the old Fort DeRussy Channel, created a new beach, and created a 14 foot deep lagoon. The new Beach and the new lagoon were named after surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku. Kaiser's Hawaiian Village Resort became a Hilton property in 1961.

2007 Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon Beautification Project
Between 2006 and 2007 the lagoon underwent extensive renovations costing approximately $15 million. Upgrades included a sophisticated new water circulation system, an small island, grassy picnic areas, a new lighting system, 60 coconut palm trees, and a boardwalk with benches surrounding the lagoon. The lagoon is slightly smaller then before the renovation, and its depth is more shallow, but the water clarity is much improved and it is still approximately 5 acres in size. The lagoon was officially re-opened at a ceremony on October 16, 2007 attended by Hawaii Lieutenant Governor James Aiona and several relatives of Duke Kahanamoku.

Attractions Near the Lagoon
- Duke Kahanamoku Beach
- Fort DeRussy Park
- Hawaii Army Museum
- Ala Wai Yacht Harbor
- Magic Island in Ala Moana Park

See also:
- Lagoon Drained in September of 2006
- Hawaii Travel Planner
- Activities in Hawaii
- Attractions in Hawaii

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