Duke Kahanamoku Beach (Hilton Lagoon Beach)

Duke Kahanamoku Beach is the only public beach in Waikiki that we can legally photograph at (with a commercial film permit). It is located next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village and is a popular surf spot for locals. Neighboring hotels are the Hale Koa Hotel, Ilikai Hotel, The Modern Honolulu, and Prince Waikiki.

Due to the direction of the sun, mornings will have a more washed-out background whereas you'll get more vibrant colors in the evening & sunset.

It is not as crowded as the main Waikiki Beach but will still be more crowded than all of the other beaches outside of Waikiki.  Aside from the ocean and Hilton lagoon, we get a nice view of Diamond Head and there are some nearby canoes and coconut trees that are great scenery for the background.  One of my favorite spots is the black lava rock wall which contrasts nicely with the deep blue ocean. If you don't mind having a few people in the background of your photos, this can be a nice location that is just a few minutes away from your Hotel.

Parking: Moderate
Restrooms: No
Sunset: Yes