Aloha Hawaii: Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach in one of the most famous beaches in America, if not the world. It’s a very popular destination because of its proximity to downtown Honolulu and Diamond Head mountain. As an urban beach in the heart of the tourist district, it can get very crowded. And while Waikiki Beach lacks the more rugged, natural beauty of Oahu’s North Shore of Oahu, it’s still worth checking out at least once in a lifetime.

I got my chance to check out Waikiki Beach a couple of years ago. On my way to American Samoa, I had an overnight layover in Honolulu. Somehow, I ended up in a penthouse suite overlooking Waikiki Beach. The suite was nice, but I couldn’t resist the chance to go down to the beach and get some good photos. Since I only had a couple of hours to kill, I couldn’t really go swimming, but I did take my shoes off to walk in the surf. I was glad that I went early, though, because a big ole thunderstorm rolled into town that afternoon. One of these days, I’d like to go back to Waikiki for more than a couple of hours. Then again, there are plenty of other beaches I have yet to explore.

Highrise Shadows

Shadows over the beach

The highrise hotels cast shadows over the beach.

Surfer Dude

Surfing kid statue

Hawaiians invented surfing. Here’s a statue that commemorates this contribution to the field of awesomeness.

Statue of Some Guy

Statue of some guy

A statue of some guy. I really ought to look these things up.

Highrise Hotels

Hotels in the distance

Hotels in the distance.


Sailboats in the distance

Sailboats in the distance.

Shade Tree on the Beach

Tropical tree

A tropical tree casts shade over beachside benches.

Clouds Roll In

Clouds roll in over Waikiki Beach

Clouds roll in over Waikiki Beach.

Kids Swimming

Not many swimmers

It was early February in Hawaii, and the water was colder than you’d expect. Only crazy little kids were swimming that day.

Too Much Pink

Overboard with pink

I think they went a little overboard with the pink here.

Diamond Head

Diamondhead looms over the beach

Diamond Head looms over the beach.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at

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