Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hidden charms of Whacky Whacky Waikiki

The shortest distance between two points—in this case the high rises of Kalakua Boulevard in the center of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean—is a straight line. A sea of flesh is the norm along the shore of Prince Kuhio Beach Park.

But, hang a left along the surf on a short barefooted stroll and relative solitude is to be found at Sans Souci (Without Care) Beach, which borders the huge greenspace of Kapiolani Park. And, for those willing to don flip-flops and and walk another 10 minutes toward Diamond Head, a truly out-of-the way jewel awaits. There is no parking at the little Makalei Beach Park, fequented by locals only in a ritzy enclave. It's small beach (Kaluahole) is a freaking dream, and you can also walk a seawall path in the backyards of the zillion-dollar homes to little Leahi Park. Oahu Trailblazer has more details on page 53.