Kaimana Beach

Kaimana Beach, Oahu

If you're staying in Waikiki, Kaimana Beach (view panorama) , named after the nearby hotel, is just a stroll away and a nice beach to go to. Walk toward Diamond Head, along Kapiolani Park on your left, and you'll get to Kaimana Beach. It is located between the War Memorial Natatorium and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel.

Kaimana Beach is relatively wide, unlike Waikiki Beach, which is narrow in many areas. It is a nice family beach and many locals like to go here because it is protected by a wide reef and because the nearshore ocean bottom is shallow and sandy. The beach is also an access point for surfers, who paddle out to surf at the popular surf spot Old Man's.

Kaimana Beach (view panorama) is also the place where an important historic event took place on December 28, 1902. The steamship Silvertown, which came from San Francisco and had laid a submarine cable from California to Hawaii, anchored here after a 12-day crossing of the ocean. The end of the cable was brought ashore through the Kapua Channel at Kaimana Beach, in a canoe steered by David Pi'ikoi Kahanamoku, an uncle of Duke Kahanamoku (who is perhaps the most remembered and respected Hawaiian surfer).

This cable was the first telegraphic link between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. The first message was sent to President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington D.C. on January 1, 1903. Up until today, remnants of the cable, which was abandoned in 1951 for newer communication systems, still lie on the ocean floor in the channel at Kaimana Beach.

If you're swimming in this channel, be aware that the current can be quite strong, especially after a high tide when the water is flowing out. Ask the lifeguard on the beach if you're not sure about the tides and wear fins if you plan to swim further out.

Kaimana Beach Overview

  • Within walking distance of Waikiki Beach
  • A nice family beach, great for swimming and snorkeling
  • Historic event took place – first submarine cable from California to Hawaii was brought ashore here

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Reviews and Comments:
This beach is so much better than Waikiki Beach! It took me three trips to Hawaii to discover it, even though it is next door to Waikiki Beach. Contrary to Waikiki Beach the ocean bottom at Kaimana is sandy and does not have rocks. The water is usually very calm and you can even snorkel. If you go, bring a hat. The beach has no shade.
Lora, Thu Feb 02, 2012