Kuhio Beach

Kuhio Beach, Honolulu: Address, Kuhio Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

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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mcgon1979
Cabinteely, Ireland119 contributions
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, PA235 contributions
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, MN37 contributions
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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Andrew
Honolulu, HI1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Family
I have been living in Waikiki for a year now. The beach has eroded to no space. No social distancing of any kind. Police looks the other way on multiple violations. Bathrolms closed, public urination by homeless, loud music, tents, open barbq, non discreete consumption of alcohol on the beach and lots of homeless people occupying pergolas and sleep on adjacent to beach parkgrounds. The smell is unbearable. The beach wreaks of dead fish and life products of homeless people. The beach is dirty, no maintenace. Based on police statement it is legal to fish from shore of Kuhio beach the only shallow 2 areas of waters in Waikiki. Some fishermen are considerate and fish from pier, some dont care and fish from shore. So your kids and elderly may be injured by flying fish hooks. It may change when mainstream tourism reopens. For now its a huge getto. Its a shame really.
Written 22 July 2020
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia45,631 contributions
Mar 2020
Kuhio Beach is a nice family friendly beach located a few blocks from where we were staying.

It is protected by a breakwater.

It has a pleasant park attached where one cansit and have a picnic or just sit in the shade.It has a very large Banyan Tree located within this park.

On Tuesdays and Thursday nights there is a free cultural show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound.
Written 21 March 2020
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Anthony D
Boston, MA59 contributions
Mar 2020
It's a nice beach;but I have to admit, it's really crowded! I had too wait at least a half hour, so someone could leave, to get their spot on the sand! The beach unfortunatly is not that wide, and the shade shacks have to do something about the homeless that sleep there.
Written 21 March 2020
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Edwin F
Calgary, Canada1,555 contributions
Jan 2020
Great family beach to visit, in walking distance from most hotels in Waikiki. It is surrounded by a breakwater which protects the area and keeps out the surfers. It also has a small stand serving drinks etc. at the back of the beach.
Written 18 February 2020
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Pradeep N
Calgary, Canada84 contributions
Feb 2020
This beach in central part of Waikiki, and close walking distance from several hotels
There is free entertainment on some nights as well, and can see a bit of the fire works each Friday night. (if you can walk, go further down toward Lewers street and walk to beach from there for fireworks. Expect for that this has everything you need
Written 14 February 2020
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Twins1961
Cold Spring, MN82 contributions
Feb 2020
Forecasts projected rain for parts of the day, but we managed to soak in a lot of sunshine during our 3 hour stay on the beach! The beach area has some protection from deep waves with a break a little ways from shore. It creates a nice area to be in the water! We were able to watch ships on the horizon, surfers in the deeper water, and other beach visitors! We had a great time—very relaxing!
Written 12 February 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
Aug 2019
We go to Hawaii at least 3x times a year! We love it! It’s much more convenient to families. Great place for the entire group! It’s so much calmer than Kuhio Beach 🏖. Perfect place to play for kids 💕🌺😃
Written 5 February 2020
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