Kakaako Waterfront Park and Kewalo Basin


Up until today I had only heard of these places.  I frequently hear the names on the news in reference to the surf report.  When we parked at the Children’s Discovery Center I realized we had stumbled on Kakaako waterfront park.  So I decided we would have to check that out while we were there. 

Kakaako is just short distance down from the Aloha Tower and it’s an off the beaten path retreat.  The park itself is actually the site of an old landfill so there are several mounds with large trees to sit under, have a picnic and overlook the sea.  Large ships can be seen coming and going from here as well. 

Aside from the beautiful shaded picnic spots there is a great walkway that goes along the shore make from pavers and even has a nice pattern.  You can tell from the start this the local people take pride in this park.  We found 2 different sculptures along the path.  Also beyond the path toward shore is a rock break wall make with huge Volcanic rocks.  It’s evident that a lot of time and resources were used to make this wonderful retreat.  Along the path are 3 areas with open air aisan style gazebos along with 3 different sets of rest rooms.  There are also 2 sets of stairs leading down to the sea for swimming, snorkeling or SCUBA diving. 

At the west end of the park is the “point panic” body surf area.  Its a little strange because there was a small dingy going in and out with a motor so I’m not sure how you have boats and body surfers together.  The stairs are pretty darned close to a red buoy.  Maybe if I was a local, or less of a chicken it wouldn’t freak me out.  But I’m not too keen on swimming where there is possible boat traffic.    However, this is a great place to sit and watch the surfers out in Kewalo basin.  It’s also a great scenic point of waikiki and diamond head. 

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As with any municipal park there is a homeless presence but no one did anything but smile and nod as we walked by.  I didn’t feel threatened in the least.  I have learned that most people in hawaii that are homeless are just like you and I.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and adopt one but most of them just go about their business and leave you alone.  I have encountered parks where the presence of homeless people is more imposing with tents and outdoor cook spaces.  These people who are down on their luck need a place to be too and there are not enough shelters.  So if you encounter someone that you think is homeless just mind your business and they will do the same. 

This park is a diamond in the rough for me.  I generally avoid Waikiki like the plague because I don’t like the touristy, trendy, traffic nightmare that it is.  But this park is nestled in the center of it all and feels as peaceful as a north shore beach.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. emily
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 01:36:20

    looks lovely!! 😀

    Reply

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