Kuhio Beach

Kuhio Beach, Oahu

Kuhio Beach Park (view panorama) is part of Waikiki Beach, located between the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Kapahulu Groin (The Wall), which was built in 1951 as part of the Waikiki Beach Improvement Project. It is an extension of a storm drain that runs under Kapahulu Avenue. The project also included building a low wall on the Diamond Head side of the groin and importing sand to create the beaches on both sides. Today, this area right in front of the groin is a popular surf spot among bodyboarders. Surfboards are not allowed here. To the west of the beach park are two of Waikiki's popular surf sites, Queen's and Canoes.

Three popular landmarks are located in Kuhio Beach Park: the Prince Kuhio Statue, the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and the Stones of Kapaemahu.The Prince Kuhio Statue was created by sculptor Sean Browne and was dedicated in 2002. The Duke Kahanamoku Statue was created by sculptor Jan-Michelle Sawyer and dedicated on 1990, the hundredth anniversary of Duke's birth. He is considered the “Father of Modern Surfing,” a great Hawaiian watermen, Olympic swimmer, surfer and canoeist. The Stones of Kapaemahu, also known as the Wizard Stones, represent four legendary 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.

If you were in Waikiki between January and April of 2012, you may have wondered why there was this large barge offshore and construction going on right on popular Kuhio Beach. It's because the beach is literally disappearing due to the erosive force of the ocean. So the City decided that it was again time for a sand replenishment project. A barge collected about 24,000 cubic yards of sand offshore and pumped it through a pipe to the beach. Some local residents were concerned that the sand was taken from the same area where ashes of the deceased have been scattered for generations, including the ashes of Don Ho and Duke Kahanamoku. Prior to the start of the 4-month project the state held a blessing ceremony, and officials from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources told the people that work crews are sensitive to their concerns. The beach is all fixed up now and is wider than it was before.

Kuhio Beach Park was named after Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, born in 1871. His home, Pualeilani (meaning “flower from the wreath of heaven”) used to stand here, and he lived here with his wife Princess Elizabeth Kahanu.

Kuhio Beach Overview

  • Part of Waikiki Beach
  • Located between the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Kapahulu Groin (view panorama)
  • Named after Prince Johah Kuhio Kalanianaole
  • Site of three popular landmarks: the Prince Kuhio Statue, the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and the Stones of Kapaemahu (Wizard Stones)

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Reviews and Comments:
Due to Covid19, we have missed our month in Hawaii. We should be there, right now, on Kuhio Beach.
This beach is heaven on earth for young and old.
Mardi Junker, Sun Jul 11, 2021
The water is wonderful in the enclosed/protected area. I (senior woman) could finally swim, while elsewhere the waves were too strong. Need chairs and umbrellas (for rent). i did not know what was the rig in the Ocean. I figured it was off-shore drilling. Was there 3/23-26/12
luci cohen, Thu Mar 29, 2012
We visited two weeks ago. Thank you for posting the construction update. It is interesting to see how a new beach is being built. Too bad we came now while the construction was going on, so we couldn't use the beach. Cant't wait to see how the new beach will look like. Please post an update when the sand replenishment project is finished. Mahalo.
Cathy, Thu Feb 23, 2012