A place where locals and travelers intersect in Waikiki.
Located in the tourist-centric area of Honolulu sits one of the most recognized beaches in all of Hawai'i, if not the world...Waikiki Beach. There is an undeniable buzz you get from the shores of Waikiki that attracts millions of travelers and locals alike. Conveniently steps away from city life, Waikiki actually consists of 8 connecting beaches, each offering up a unique topography of surf, sand, and beach goers. Today, we are highlighting a place that offers up a good glimpse of it all called Kapahulu Groin, or what locals simply refer to as Walls.
Walls is located where Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues intersect, a place where locals and travelers cross paths in Waikiki. What was once a stream that ran from the valley into the Pacific Ocean has evolved into an elevated concrete walkway that protects the sandy beaches while draining excess rain water back into the ocean.
It is here where you'll experience a mix of beach goers - young to old and locals to travelers, all congregating on the wall while taking in all that Waikiki's urban shoreline has to offer.
There are three distinct sides of Walls that reveal a different perspective and attraction to Waikiki. The west side (Ewa) of the wall is recognizable for its connecting sea wall that lies parallel to the shore, shielding incoming waves from reaching the beach. Known as the 'pond' for its calm waters and pool-like atmosphere, it is a safe place for floaters and families with kids to swim. Views from this side of the wall capture the infamous pink hotel along with the towering high-rises in the backdrop. And at night, the city lights of Honolulu glow off the waters of Waikiki.
The east side (Diamond Head) is barrier-free and allows surfers and boogie boarders to ride out waves back to shore. Highlights on this side of Walls involve views of Diamond Head and kids on boogie boards zooming past you.
The end of Walls is a great vantage point to watch surfers catching waves and thrill seekers jumping off the wall and into the ocean. You'll find a nice rush of activity here as the waves crash below you. Be prepared to get a little wet here.
If you time it right, you can catch Waikiki's dazzling show along the water at sunset! Tropical hues of orange, pink and purple light up the sky and reflect off the Pacific Ocean as animated shadows from beach goers get their last minute fix of warmth from the sun. It's truly an all-access pass to an arena of beach goers and activities on the South Shore of O'ahu.