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Kuhio Beach Park
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Kuhio Beach Park includes the section of Waikiki Beach between the historic Moana Hotel and the Kapahulu Groin. The offshore retaining wall at Kuhio Beach creates a sheltered swimming area, making it a popular beach for family outings.

Kuhio Beach in Waikiki
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

History of Kuhio Beach
This beach area was known as Pualeilani when Prince Kuhio and his wife Princess Kahanu lived here, but in 1918, Prince Kuhio opened the beach to the public, and it was renamed in his honor. There was not much of a beach in this area until the 1951 Waikiki Beach Improvement Project brought sand from other parts of Oahu. The Kapahulu Groin was also part of that project.

Facilities and Activities
Kuhio beach has picnic tables, restrooms, showers, a snack bar, and concessions renting surfboards, bodyboards, snorkeling gear, beach chairs, umbrellas, and other sports and beach equipment.

Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting and Hula Show
Several evenings a week, at sunset, there is a torch lighting ceremony on Kuhio Beach and Hula performances at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound. The hula performance is free and it typically takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., two to seven evenings a week, depending on several factors including the weather and the time of year. The hula mound is located near the point where Uluniu meets Kalakaua Avenue, near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. For current information about the Kuhio Beach torch lighting ceremony and the hula show call 808-843-8002.

Attractions near Kuhio Beach Park
- Historic Marker 2: Surfing in Waikiki
- Historic Marker 4: Prince Kuhio Statue
- Historic Marker 5: Duke Kahanamoku Statue
- Historic Marker 6: Stones of Kapaemahu
- Kapahulu Groin
- Queen's Surf Beach
- Kapiolani Park
- Honolulu Zoo
- Waikiki Aquarium

See also:
- Another Picture of Kuhio Beach
- More of Waikiki's Beaches
- Other Attractions on Oahu
- Activities on Oahu

Related Links
Oahu Island - Main Menu
Islands of Hawaii
Hawaii for Visitors

Elsewhere on the Web
Kuhio Beach Safety Information
Aerial Photo of Kuhio Beach Park (JPG)
City of Honolulu Live Web Cam at Kuhio Beach
2007: DLNR Wants $1 Million to Study Beach
2007: Kuhio Beach Sand Restoration Completed
2005 Summary of Kuhio Beach Improvements (PDF)
2004 Honolulu Advertiser Kuhio Beach Profile
2001 Kuhio Beach Expansion Project

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