Kuhio Beach
Kuhio Beach
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A great surfing beach being renovated with new sand, landscaping and the addition of a plaza.
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MJ_ontheBAY
Honolulu, HI79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Kuhio Beach is picturesque, convenient, safe and a delightful place to spend the day. Although, why stop there when you can stay for the sunset?

This spot is typically super calm and is great for little kids and/or those with limited swimming ability. This is in part due to rectangular rock wall jettys that box in swimming areas and protect you from the surf break. It also has lifeguards during daytime hours, rinsing stations and small restrooms. If you want a little more adventure, there are gaps in the jetty where you can bypass the swimming area on your surfboard or paddle board to get out to the breaks

On the downside, Kuhio can get very crowded and there is limited space in the sand to spread out. The water can also get super shallow during low tide to the point where you practically need to lay down to fully submerge and cool off. Lastly, it’s off of a busy Kalākaua Ave which makes it a bit noisy with folks blasting music and revving engines while driving back and forth.

Worth the stop here regardless!
Written 6 June 2024
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Sunday
Milan, Italy37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The emotion triggered by the afterglow is a true blessing. My eyes will never and ever forget such a beautiful sunset at Kuhio Beach.
Written 5 March 2024
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Arnold B
Watsonville, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful sky, beautiful water! My daughter and I met people who were vacationing from all over the world! We had wonderful conversations with the other travelers, and we were truly in the most beautiful place in the world!
Written 1 January 2024
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Andrew G
Killarney Vale, Australia10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I've always wanted to surf Hawaii. Unfortunately, some locals are not welcoming. Just harassing (intimidate) and yell at you in the surf. Being an experienced surfer, they don't like to share. Even though the immature ones are few in numbers, others sit ideally by and laugh. If you want a great surf and happy people who welcome you, come to Australia. Thank you for recking my dream.
Written 6 September 2023
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whiskeysix
Honolulu, HI586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great for families, especially little ones. Calm waters in the section with the breaker wall. Fun to watch the sunset here.
Written 17 July 2023
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
From the Twin Fin and our balcony, we looked out onto Kuhio beach in Waikiki. There is a nice walkway wall with a covered roof at end where you can take lovely pictures of the whole Waikiki area hotels and beach/water. The beach itself is not that big but the sand is nice and very clean. A rock wall in the ocean closes off a very good shallow swimming area from the ocean and waves. It was fun to swim here!
Written 26 April 2023
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romadaro
Washington DC, DC1,558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I don’t get it. Waikiki Beach and Kuhio Beach run together and they are basically one and the same. Granted, there’s a sign near the Zoo designating Waikiki Beach and there’s another sign less than a mile down Kalakua Avenue designating where Kuhio Beach begins, but otherwise there’s no difference. Most people refer to the entire strip as Waikiki Beach. I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone, other than locals maybe, who refer to or know where Kuhio Beach is. Oddly, the homeless seem to congregate near the big banyon tree, which is where the Kuhio Beach sign is located, so I guess that’s an easy marker between the two.
Written 26 December 2022
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mcgon1979
Cabinteely, Ireland125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Yikes. Shocked to see the recent reviews.. Yes there are several homeless people who live near the pier but the beach itself didn't have homeless on it and it was clean and safe. The beach seat rental hut was well staffed and we felt safe the entire time there. Water was not too crowded either way beach. I imagine weekends are more crowded everywhere in Waikiki. I loved kuhio and would return with my kids age 6 and 8. I often feel intimidated by the homeless it mentally ill but it wasn't an issue here. Saw them on the strip in front of these beaches but also do a very high police presence and ambassador level. The ambassador's wear bright polo shirts and walk up and Waikiki beach area to support tourists. Looks like everything is back to normal.
Written 14 April 2022
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ESPASSOC
Pittsburgh, PA273 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Honolulu City and County has the product, but recommend tourists wait until covid19 is over and multitudes of mainland and Japanese visitors return with herd immunity solidly in place. The county parks and Waikiki beaches from the Wall to the yacht harbor are overrun with homeless tent cities, drug dealers and the deranged. The luxury beach front hotels Moana, Outrigger Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian have outside contractors renting lounge chairs and beach umbrellas even for hotel guests, who can only use the pool. There is a police station at Kuhio Beach who are hassling tourists while not intervening with obvious, homeless, the deranged, drug dealers, as well as vagrants eating out of the garbage cans . Many restaurants close before 9PM and hotel amenities/services are just not available!
Written 6 March 2021
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WL_Mpls
Minneapolis, MN46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
While most of Waikiki / Kalakaua Ave is kept clean and fairly safe, homelessness is endemic in Honolulu and this park/beach where the Duke statue is located is a hub for the homeless day and night. We stayed in a hotel across the street for 11 nights, so we often walked in this park and nearby, and experienced several homeless incidents first hand. Sadly, this park is adjacent to the Waikiki police station, but the police here pretty much cast a blind eye to the situation except in more extreme cases. That means homeless people, often with what appears to be severe mental illness and/or drug issues, can be seen and heard yelling to themselves or others on the street or in the park, often expletive-laced, with on-lookers wondering what’s gonna happen next and keeping their distance for safety. Of course none of the homeless wear masks, and often can be seen going from trash can to trash can, opening the lids and picking through the trash. Others lie on park benches, in the street, or can be seen pushing shopping carts loaded with junk down Kalakaua Ave, with everyone else giving them a wide berth.

At the McDonalds across the street, someone offered/was coerced into paying for a meal for a homeless guy. The homeless often crowd the entrance in hopes of getting a meal. After paying, the man left as quick as he could, leaving the homeless guy to wait for his order. Wearing no mask, he’d come up to people waiting for their order and try to start conversation, then he complained that his order wasn’t correct (believe it or not) and became belligerent with the staff to the point that they called the police. He yelled and swore the whole time until the police came. As they passed me, I heard one cop say to the other, “oh, that’s George...” meaning they knew him by name and doubtlessly he’d had more run-ins with the police so they knew him by sight. Not sure what they did with him- we didn’t wait around to find out- but it seems like whatever it is, they’re back on the street shortly thereafter.

It’s a sad situation made worse by lack of an effective policy to deal with the problem. And as a visitor it is disgusting, to be honest, to have so many homeless milling about everywhere in Waikiki. Obviously not the paradise one expects when vacationing in Hawaii.

We also spent one morning at the beach here, as it is sheltered and therefore less waves, and for that reason is popular for families with young children. Unfortunately, we left and came back only to find someone had stolen one of our floating chairs we bought at the ABC store nearby. Not a big deal, they’re $9, but somewhat disconcerting to know someone is stealing stuff when the opportunity presents itself. Considering we had more expensive stuff in the beach bag, we didn’t leave it unattended after that, and didn’t return to that beach.

Bottom line, I’ve been to Oahu 10-12 times over the years, and have never seen homelessness as bad as it is now. Perhaps because of COVID, perhaps some other reason, but the problem is a growing problem that local authorities don’t have a solution for. In the meantime, I’d avoid this area. Sad taste of reality in what is otherwise a beautiful place.
Written 14 November 2020
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