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- Take a drive up to Makiki Heights to experience winding Tantalus Drive and the views from Pu'u Ualaka'a wayside. You'll be out of town quickly and into lush, beautiful surroundings with great views of the city and the coast. The higher you go, the better it gets. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll feel you've left the city and entered a troplical jungle.
Note: The road is sometimes closed for repairs at the higher level.Written 3 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This large urban park sits right on the water in the heart of the city. It has a long, uncrowded beach, a protected lagoon for children, acres of trees and lawns, ample free parking, and accessible walking paths. Every evening, people gather here to watch the sunset. Add the nearby hotels, restaurants, and shops, and this is so much better than Waikiki.Written 3 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I used to go there nearly every day to swim a mile in the 70's in graduate school at UH-Manoa. Rode a bike down from Manoa Valley.Written 22 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- What a wonderful place to stop and watch the world go by. It can get very crowded as there are sheltered areas for children to swim and playWritten 3 August 2022
- A good sized park located between Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. There are frequently displays, free Hawaiian Band Concerts and today the Waikiki Art Fest, Zoo Wall Art and the Na Hula Festival all on the one day.Written 7 August 2022
- I took a bus from Wakiki close enough to get a seven dollar Uber to the park. The buses are easy enough to get around on if you have a Moovit app. However the short walk would be on the interstate so not advised. There’s a five dollar entry fee and it’s very worth a pleasant afternoon.Written 31 October 2019
- I love the Kahala coast beaches. There is so much street parking and easy access, it's hard not to want to stop. One issue for some, is there are no bathrooms or showers. That's where Waialae Beach Park comes in!
Located just outside of the Kahala Resort area, it's super easy to find and park in the dedicated free parking. Look for the park with the giant bridge connecting the two sides. The park has nice restrooms, plenty of showers, picnic tables, charcoal disposal areas, and a shade stand for parties or people wanting to stay out of the sun.
The beach here is gorgeous; it offers a view of Kahala all the way to Hawaii-Kai and Koko Head beyond. It's very shallow, easy to wade or walk out far. The bottom is a mix of tough coral rock and soft sand, so watch where you step. The sand is nice here. There are many trees that offer to shade to those wishing to keep cool. It's also a nice and easy walk to the little islands at the resort, all open to the public of course.
This is a genuinely nice place to spend the afternoon, not at all far from the bustling beaches of Waikiki.Written 4 December 2018
- There were some big waves crashing in with lots of surfers riding them.
We watched for several minutes, enjoying the blue water and landscape. It was a fun spot to visit.Written 8 July 2021
- ... don't bother coming. Like all the other reviews say, this place is a small city park with a just a nice little waterfall. I saw this one guy smoking a cigarette and fishing by the falls and he looked like he had some found some solitude. I on the other hand could not. Earlier, I had stained my shirt while gagging on my overpriced lunch. T-shirt stains always cause me serious 7anxiety. Now it looks like the equally overpriced toe wraps I bought to prevent my right ring toe from becoming blistered and deformed was/is also disappointing. Looks like some chronic homeless people live under a bridge at the end of the park. By the way I didn't see really any plumeria or flowers in this botanical garden. A couple shrubs were labeled.Written 16 September 2021
- Stopped at the Marina part of Maunalua Bay Beach Park because there was parking. Next to the beach the parking was all full. The bay looks very nice, really prettyWritten 6 June 2021
- We visited Sand Island recently to attend an ship commissioning at the Coast Guard base that occupies the southeast corner of the island. While here, we also took a look at the beaches and the recreation area. Compared to other Honolulu beaches, the conditions here are pretty austere (no snack shacks, etc.), but it also is much less crowded - we were here on a Saturday morning and except for a few locals, there wasn't a soul to be seen. There are some nice ocean views from the beaches and even some views of the Honolulu skyline from the east end of the island - much of the island, particularly the Coast Guard base, can be seen to advantage from the observation deck of the Aloha Tower across the harbor.
The island was previously known as Quarantine Island during the 19th century when ships carrying passengers thought to be carrying contagious diseases were quarantined here. It's reputation didn't improve much during the 20th century as the Army setup an internment camp here in December 1941 to house Japanese Americans and German and Italian foreign nationals at the start of World War II. Over 600 Hawaiians, many citizens, were kept here until 1943 when they were sent to other camps on the mainland or elsewhere on the islands. Later during the war, a POW camp was located here - at war's end, 1,000 Korean and 1,000 Italian prisoners where still here. More recently, the island has been a refuge for homeless people, but these have now mostly been moved out.
Today, besides this somewhat underutilized recreation area and the Coast Guard base, the island houses a municipal wastewater treatment plant, and various industrial and shipping facilities, about a third of the island being a container terminal for Matson, the well known shipping line.Written 16 September 2019
- I took a moment to be grateful for groups of men who fought and sometimes died to preserve our way of life from an enemyI walked through this park on my walk. I saw several different birds. The World War II memorial has very meaningful inscriptions commemorating the brave men who served. It includes some of their events and service awards, which is very interesting. It took me to their time for a moment to give me the pause to stand grateful for their sacrifices and accomplishments.Written 15 May 2022
- We have found the staff at Waikiki Gateway very friendly and helpful.
In particular,the reception and the housekeeping staff.
Mhila Talledo who looks after our room is very efficient and more importantly, very helpful and friendly.
Jean and Steve ConnickWritten 14 November 2018
- We were in search of the Elvis statue and happened upon this public park. It is named in honor of the admiral who returned Hawaii back to native rule after the British siege of 1843. It was named to honor British Rear Admiral Richard Thomas. On July 31, 1843, Thomas restored the government to Kamehameha III. The Hawaiian flag was raised replacing the British Union Jack flag. When sovereignty was restored, Kamehameha III said: “Ua mau ke ea o ka āina i ka pono" means "The Sovereignty of the Hawaiian nation is restored by righteousness". In the park is a statue of King Kamehameha III. The open space park is conducive to exploring or simply enjoying a respite from sightseeing, having a lunch break, or sitting near the fountain watching the birds.Written 26 June 2022
- This expansive park features so many spaces good for: baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, fitness drills. Lots of parking, except during intramural events.Written 27 September 2019
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