Kuhio Beach Park (swim, water sports, landmarks and free hula on the beach)
One of the more popular sections of Waikiki Beach area is Kuhio Beach. Although most tourist cannot really differentiate where Kuhio Beach in relation to Waikiki, Kuhio does have a lot more landmarks and activities that do attract visitors to this particular area to take pictures with the Duke Statue. Swim in the protected waters or do some fun water adventure on the ocean areas.
The Beach is also known as Kuhio ponds because of concrete walls that stretch out 40 feet out into the ocean and create a protected enclosure area that is kid friendly to swim in.
Explore Kuhio Beach Park in Waikiki
Activities at Kuhio Beach
The area around Kuhio beach is popular for water sports and you can go swimming, snorkeling, body boarding, surfing and body surfing.
Amenities at Kuhio Beach
Around the beach area are some limited parking areas, concession stands, water recreation rentals, restrooms, showers, handicap access and lifeguards
Kuhio Beach Location
The Kuhio beach area starts around the Maoana Surfrider hotel and the Kapahulu groin or the cement wall that protects from the open ocean waters. The wall was built in 1951 to protect the beach area and now the area by the cement wall is a popular surfing and body boarding spot. The remainder of the enclosure is a family friendly water enclosure that is calm and shallow for swimming in.
There are three other important monuments located at Kuhio Beach that are typically photo ops for visitors to take pictures. These include:
Duke Kahanamoku Statue – festooned with fresh flower leis and other displays, visitors come to see the statue and take pictures of this iconic ambassador of Aloha and the gorgeous Waikiki beach fronting the statue
The Prince Kuhio Statue was created by sculptor Sean Browne and was dedicated in 2002.
The Stones of Kapaemahu, also known as the Wizard stones which represents the four legendary Hawaiian men: Kapaemahu, Kahaloa, Kapuni and Kinohi, who came to Hawaii from a faraway land.
In Hawaii they were famous for their great wisdom and healing powers.
A brief history of Kuhio Beach
Kuhio Beach Park was named after Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole who was born in 1871. Prince Kuhio had a home called Pualeilani (meaning “flower from the wreath of heaven”). It was located here and he lived here with his wife Princess Elizabeth Kahanu and eventually opened a section for the public to use the beach. After his death the property was given to the city and the park was officially dedicated in 1940.
The beach area is now named in his honor for all the contributions and good deeds he did for the people of Hawaii including deeding this beach area for the general public to enjoy
Further outside of the protected enclosures are surfing areas at Queen’s and Canoes where they hold annual surfing competitions in this area Waikiki.
Free events at Kuhio Beach
There are free music and hula performances at Kuhio beach area by the giant banyan tree where a variety of small bands and hula halau (hula troops) perform free to the public. The shows happen on Saturdays from 6:30 to 7:30. In winter from the months of November to January the times change from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
The event starts close to the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and listen to the conch shell sounding for the start of the performance.
For information on the show, call 808-843-8002
Check more details to the shows here for more information
Here’s a hula performance preview of the Kuhio shows below
Here’s a video highlight to visiting Kuhio beach below
Details to visiting Kuhio Beach Park
Kuhio Beach Park Hours open 24 / 7
Location: 2453 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Hula Events here at Kuhio Beach
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The surfing and boogey boarding is good at Kuhio beach below
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Conclusion to visiting Kuhio Beach Park in Waikiki
If you want to be right in the center of all activity in Waikiki then head out to Kuhio Beach Park
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