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Parking, then surfing in Waikiki

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Staying in the north, in August,,,,coming down to wakiki to enjoy bigger waves,,,will thisbe difficult with traffic,parking etc?

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You can park at the zoo parking lot or in Kapiolani Park. There are other paid parking lots around Waikiki too. How full they are and what kind of traffic depends on what day of the week and what time of day you go.

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If you're surfing on your own, you can also consider parking at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Free parking and the surf breaks there (Rock Piles, Bowls) are pretty popular with locals. Some surf schools hit those breaks as well. Just keep in mind that it's not as sandy on the bottom there as other parts of Waikiki.

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Two great contributions. Thank you.. yes. I do not need the hotels and the bustle of the city. I just need a place to surf. And I understand traffic. But immediate City traffic I can do without

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I'd park at Fort DeRussy then paddle out to Threes or Pop'lars.

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You have your own surf board? Or you need to rent one at Waikiki?

My suggestion is in #1. That "end" of Waikiki around Kapiolani Park always feels less congested to me. And surfing seems to be good down at that end too.

You have no reason really to be in the middle of Waikiki district, so as long as you're willing to pay for it, should be easy to park. And possible for cheap or free but with more effort to find??

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I guess before deciding where to park, you really need to decide which break you want to surf. If you look at the three miles from Tonng's (just the other side of Kaimana Beach) to Ala Moana Bowls, there are probably two dozen, maybe more, named breaks. I like Threes because it is a very long paddle out so it has few tourists. When I've stayed at the Kaimana Beach Hotel I've gone to Old Man's or Tonng's. Queen's is crowded, but a super fun little break.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLT1-9hDsZc

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Again great advice from scott ca mahalo.

Queens Beach is where I've *watched* (haha) surfing most often. It wasn't all tourists out there. I've seen some pretty serious looking locals at that end as well.

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I have a surfboard. Staying up north. But I'm afraid to put it on my rental car for fear of scratching the rental.. I guess I should not assume that all beaches rent surfboards.... I'm particularly interested in comment number two where they talk about the surf schools. My son it's interested in either taking a lesson or trying his hand at the sport.

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If only up north I had these pleasant 2-4-ft waves. That would solve all my problems but I understand not so in August do these waves appear

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There are several different places you can rent a surf board right on Waikiki.

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