Kaimana Beach Hotel is the most overlooked accommodation in the Waikiki area due to its location at the far end of Kalakaua Avenue near the base of Diamond Head crater. Nevertheless, it has caught the eyes and ears of numerous visitors of late, especially those who are looking for a different experience than what they are accustomed to from staying along Waikiki’s main thoroughfare. Is it worth the 20-minute walk from the property to the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue (the focal point of Waikiki)? For valuable insight, we’ve asked four of our most trusted contributors (yours truly included) to weigh in with unique perspectives on the property. Below are Kaimana Beach Hotel reviews by locals, for anyone in the world in search of an authentic accommodation experience on Oahu.
Up to Date Reviews from Oahu Locals for Kaimana Beach Hotel Near Waikiki Beach in Honolulu
Kaileina’s Review of Kaimana Beach Hotel
“I really enjoy everything about this hotel, but if I had to pinpoint the biggest highlight, it’s the small but perfect collection of boutique shops that are connected to the property. Somehow, Sunset Provisions merged my two favorite things in one; espresso and boutique shopping. This cute little shop/cafe also has the best patio seating on the South Shore!”
Marcus’ Review of Kaimana Beach Hotel
“When I come over from the North Shore to stay in Waikiki for a week or more, I quickly tire of the crowds at the main beach. However, after surfing at Queens or Canoes the last thing I want to do is hike all the way to Diamond Head Beach for some downtime. I typically stroll over to nearby Kaimana Beach to recharge, which is what led to my discovery of Kaimana Hotel. I was instantly drawn in by the interior decor, which featured vintage surfboards and related ephemera on the walls of the property. After a pair of cocktails at their oceanfront Hau Tree restaurant and bar I was convinced that I had to give the hotel a proper try on my next excursion from the other side of the island. A month later I spent a full weekend at Kaimana Beach Hotel and didn’t leave the embrace of the property once – a huge rarity for me! I’ll definitely return soon.”
Summer’s Review of Kaimana Beach Hotel
“What’s not to love? It has pretty much all of the amenities as the beachfront hotels and resorts on the main drag, but without the bustle! In fact, I’ll take morning, afternoon, and evening dining and cocktails at the property’s Hau Tree open-air eatery over Duke’s Waikiki any day. I love waking up in the affordable suite, coming down the elevator, and stepping into the uncrowded breezy lobby to begin my day. On more than one occasion I’ve sidelined my plans to explore the South Shore (I’m a windward girl) and opted to stay on the property to swim at Kaimana Beach, and maybe expend some energy strolling around Kapiolani Park across the road. Of course, no day at Kaimana Beach Hotel is complete without browsing (and spending) not-so-hard-earned dough at the boutique shops (including Sunset Provisions).”
Editor’s Review of Kaimana Beach Hotel
“Kaimana Beach Hotel is without a doubt the most underrated hotel in the Waikiki area. For one, the price for a basic room averages around $200 (plus $30 resort fee) during non-peak seasons which is at par with desirable properties in the vicinity. What most guests love about the hotel is the outlying location that keeps them away from the madness of Waikiki, yet close enough to saunter into the main area as desired. Moreover, Kaimana Beach (which is adjacent to the hotel) is a small but fun beach that is ideal for swimmers and sunbathers alike. The latter are often joined by Hawaiian monk seals which come right to shore to bask in the UV by the lifeguard tower. Kaimana Beach Hotel’s boutique stores are also enjoyable as they sell quality locally made clothing, accessories, art, and wellness products without a tacky souvenir in sight. However, the best part of Kaimana Beach Hotel in this editor’s opinion is the Hau Tree restaurant and bar which begins in the lobby and extends all the way to the sands of the beach. There is nary a better place to spend an afternoon and evening in Waikiki than in the cradle of this hidden gem.“
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