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 get 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.

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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