Free & Cheap Parking at Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

If you have ever been to Waikiki Beach, you probably know that finding a free or inexpensive parking space can be challenge. We’ve created this list of resources to help you find the best parking deals in Waikiki.

Cheap and Free Waikiki Parking for Short-Term Visits – Less than 10 hours

If you are driving into Waikiki for the day or evening, you can find some very reasonable parking locations. See these resources for low-cost and/or no-cost parking options.

* The Shell parking lot on Monsarrat Avenue offers free parking. This parking area is located on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, near Honolulu Zoo and Kapiolani Park.

* Get three hours of free parking between the hours of 10am and 3pm at the Waikiki Beach Embassy Suites port cochere. You will need to provide a same-day receipt from any Waikiki-Beachwalk restaurant or shop. Follow this link for the coupon and instructions.

* Royal Hawaiian Center is offering one hour of free parking with validation. After the free hour, you’ll be charged a modest rate of $1 per hour for another 3 hours. After that, you will pay a rate of $6 per hour.  See this link for more information.

* Metered parking is available at the Honolulu Zoo parking lot entrance at Kapahulu Avenue. The rare is $1 per hour. You can pay for parking remotely by phone. For more information on paying by phone, see this link.

* See this list of Waikiki parking garages and locations with their associated fees.

Cheap Waikiki Parking for Long-Term Visits  – More than 10 hours

If you’re staying in a hotel in Waikiki Beach, you can expect to pay around an approximate average of $25 per day for self-park.Valet parking rates can be even more. Be sure and check your hotels parking rate before you shop around for something cheaper. If your hotel charges $20 or less per night, you’ve found a pretty good parking deal.

Over the years, options for free overnight parking have virtually vanished. Many of the spaces that were previously free and now metered. All that being said, with the following resources, it is possible to find more reasonable parking rates.

* The best 24-hour rate that I’ve found is at the Waikiki Banyan Building on Ohua Avenue. Parking at Waikiki Banyan Building is only $15 for 24 hours with unlimited in and out privileges. You can also get a weekly rate of $80, which works out to $11.43 per day — a bargain! Find more information about this low-cost Waikiki parking location at this link.

* This Waikiki Beach information site provides a useful list of parking garages with their rates.

* Pro-Park is currently listing the Pacific Monarch parking garage for $20 for 24 hours. You can see their daily Waikiki parking  list here.

* If you are staying for a week or longer, you might want to consider a monthly parking option. For example, via ProPark, there’s one monthly Waikiki parking deal of $120 plus tax. For a seven-night stay, that would work out to around $18 per night. I recommend you  directly phone the parking providers to verify the parking rules and conditions before agreeing to a monthly parking deal. For example, you’ll want to find out if you can park overnight and what sort of in and out privileges you’d have. You can check ProPark’s monthly parking listing here.

Waikiki Beach Parking Tips

* If you park in a parking garage, take photos of your parking space number or any other “landmarks” with your cell phone to help you find your car when you return. Trust me, it’s easy to forget where you parked.

* Never leave any valuables in your car.

* If you know which parking garage you’d like to use from the lists above, it’s very helpful to check the street view on Google Maps to get familiar with the location.

* If possible, bring cash for parking as some garages require cash only.

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Please note that parking rates and policies are always subject to change without notice. I do update this list as and when I discover changes. I highly recommend you phone ahead directly to the parking providers to check their current rates and policies.

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26 comments

  1. I could have so used this! I’ll definitely save it for next time.

  2. Thanks for the map – very helpful indeed!

    Just a reminder that you should never leave anything of value in your automobile. Our island has a small but efficient bunch of opportunists!

    Would you mind if I used your map and referenced your post on my blog in the future?

    Thanks,

    Going2Oahu

  3. @ Lissete – Same here. I wish I had known about this map back in June.

    @ Going2Oahu – Those opportunists are everywhere in this world, unfortunately. I certainly don’t mind you linking directly to the map or to this post. Please note that I didn’t develop the map.

  4. My favorite place to park in Waikiki at night is next to the Honolulu Zoo. I believe the main parking lot is free at night. It is a long walk to restaurants in the middle of Waikiki, but if you are going to have a big dinner, you might as well walk off some of the pounds anyway (and save some bucks while you are at it). I think the most expensive parking lot is at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. The more convenient a parking lot is, the more expensive it seems to be.

  5. Wow, what a great resource, just when I need it! I’m heading to Hawaii in May in that very area. I found your blog thanks to Stephen Hopson over at http://www.adversityuniversityblog.com.

  6. Welcome to Go Visit Hawaii, DeafMom! I’m so glad you find us and I hope you’ll find lots of good tips to enhance your vacation to Hawaii! Thanks so much for your first time comment!

  7. Does anyone know where I could find a list of inexpensive overnight parking near Sharaton Princess Kauilani in Waikiki?

  8. JustSurfingThrough

    This price list might also help in deciding where to park:
    http://travel-hawaii.com/waikiki_hotel_parking.html

    Came across it while surfing (the ‘net, of course)!

  9. Very useful map. Last year I used to park next to honolulu zoo and I saved a lot of money on that for a couple of days, until my car got broken in to. So just be careful people. I’m going back this April and I’m probably going to use the honolulu zoo parking again : )

  10. Damian – I’m glad you’ve found the map to be useful. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’re car isn’t broken into this time.

    Always be careful about leaving valuables in your car. See my post about protecting your valuables when you sight see in Hawaii:
    http://www.govisithawaii.com/2008/03/18/hawaii-advice-lock-your-car-doors/

  11. tourist should have to pay for parking instead of taking the free parking we that live here try to get its 150 a month for us to park here and that on top of our rent, if your coming to visit have a great time but do us locals a favor and get parking at your hotel leave the ala wai and the meters for us .

  12. My hotel was right besides of monsarrat ave. and it has free parking on kapiolani park. We used that through our stay and saved lot of bucks ($20 per day)! they always has plenty of parking available whenever we reached there in night or day. Sometimes parking there is banned, if they have some event going on. Read the signs carefully before park.

  13. where is reasonable parking near Marriott Waiki please?

    • Deb – you might try finding free or metered parking near the zoo or at Kapiolani Park. You’ll probably have to walk at least a couple of blocks. I know paying for parking is a pain, but we stayed at the Marriott less than a year ago and just found it more convenient to opt for their valet parking which was $28 per day and only a few dollars more than the hotel’s self-park. By the way, here’s my review of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort

  14. Are there any overnight parking garages within reasonable walking distance from the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel that charge less than $24/day?

  15. Hello
    Love the site
    I will be visiting Waikiki in September and staying at the Hilton. I am recovering from breast cancer and low on funds and energy. Was also wondering if their is affordable parking near Hilton.
    Thanks
    BCSlayer

  16. @ Tesh & Shelby – I am not aware of any cheap parking lots near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. There is a parking lot at Fort DeRussy (adjacent to the Hilton Hawaiian Village), but if my memory serves me right, it won’t really save you any money, plus you’d have to walk a bit further.

    I’ve asked one of my contacts at the HHV for any additional ideas, but I don’t expect any alternatives. If I hear differently, I’ll post it in the comments here.

  17. Update — I heard back from my really helpful contact at the HHV — the only suggestion was to park at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor IF you can find parking. Currently it’s 25 cents an hour, but it will go up to $1/hour at the end of 2009. Parking there is very difficult to find and you still have a little bit of a trek to get to the HHV.

    As much as I dislike paying for hotel valet service, sometimes I think it’s worth the trouble in Waikiki.

    Hope this helps!

    • We parked overnight at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor when we stayed at HHV two years ago. Now, if they are charging $1/hr, it’s not worth it anymore since the hotel charger $24/day ($30/day for valet parking).

  18. Too bad. I anticipated free parking when I priced out this trip a year ago.

  19. I will be staying at Wyndham Waikiki beach walk… Any parking bargains near there?

    • Off the top of my head and after a quick glance, I couldn’t think of any inexpensive parking spots near Wyndham Waikiki. Do check and research the resources listed in the article along with mapping out your accommodation to find the nearest cheap parking garage.

      We try to avoid expensive parking like the plague, but sometimes we find that the convenience of the hotel’s own parking is somewhat worth the splurge, especially when carrying bags and luggage.

  20. Hi,
    Thank you so much for posting these helpful tips. Can you please tell me if there are cheaper parking available around Aqua Palms Hotel?

    Thank you.

    Georgenia

    • Georgenia – not to my knowledge. Cheap parking anywhere near that end of Waikiki is pretty much non existent, unfortunately.

      Further away from Waikiki, there’s free parking at Ala Moana Center, a shopping center, but that would be between a half mile to a mile walk. I’m not sure they allow overnight parking. You could call them and ask. I’m not sure how desireable it would be to drive around a mall’s parking deck looking for a space, then walking about a mile in the hot sun to your hotel.

      With that being said, do double check with the resources and links provided in the above article.

  21. Perfect timing, we’ll be there at the end of the month! I can wait to put this post in action! As always, thanks for providing great tips and advice!

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