Duke’s Beach at Waikiki / Fort DeRussy Beach / Kahanamoku Beach

One of the nation's top ranked beaches

The Beach

A beach as legendary as the man it’s named after, Duke Kahanamoku Beach is one section of Hawaii’s most visited Beach, Waikiki. It is located to the front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It is Waikiki’s largest stretching beach that also has a nearby lagoon of the same name, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.

This beach was voted one of the nations top beaches for its family friendly environment. It’s maintained in superb conditions year round and offers its visitors a few different rental options for water sporting. Duke’s lush golden sands and gorgeous blue waters are significant features that earned this beaches rankings as one of the best. For those who are just beginning to surf to those who are at a more moderate level, Kahanamoku’s an excellent site to catch some waves, as the waters are normally calm.

Excited to explore Kahanamoku’s surrounding region? Take a hike on Diamond Head, one of Oahu’s inactive volcanoes that offer its visitors a breathtaking view of Oahu’s entire South Shore. Also nearby Diamond Head you’ll find many local restaurants and bars like Pioneer Saloon for those looking for Japanese fusion plate meals, Da Cove Health Bar & Cafe who offer delicious smoothie bowls and Morey’s Cafe where you can enjoy local musicians jamming while you find yourself indulging in a brunch style cuisine.

When at Kahanamoku’s Beach you have many options for dining. As mentioned above, you have the local eateries near Diamond Head. You also can walk down the Waikiki strip where you’ll find Duke’s Waikiki and Rum Fire, both popular choices by beach goers. Take a stroll down Kalakaua Avenue for a wider range of choices.

Beach Activities

  • Sunbathing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Swimming
  • Sporting
  • Picnicking

Food Options Nearby

There are a few great options for food nearby for dining in or for grabbing some grub to bring along.

  • Duke’s Waikiki (dine in/order to go)
  • Rum Fire (dine in/order to go)
  • Pioneer’s Saloon (dine in/order to go)
  • Da Cove Health Bar & Cafe (order to go)
  • Morey’s Cafe (dine in/order to go)
  • South Shore Grill (dine in/order to go)
  • DECK (dine in/order to go)
  • Lulu’s Waikiki (dine in/order to go)
  • Barefoot Beach Cafe (dine in/order to go)

Where to Stay


At Kahanamoku’s you can find a few different parking lots nearby as well as parking along the street. You also have the option to take the bus to a nearby stop. Bus Accessible (click for bus directions from your current location)


Kahanamoku’s Beach offers a great place for fun with your family and friends. Additionally, the surrounding area has many activities for you to explore.

  • Parking
  • Hotel
  • Tennis Courts
  • Aquarium
  • Local Eats
  • Bus Accessible