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 $2 per hour for another 2 hours. A minimum purchase is required for the free/reduced rate. 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.
* The Waikiki Shopping Plaza offers $5 flat rate parking specials with cash only some evening and weekend hours. See this link for more information.
* 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 an approximate average of $25 per day for self-park.Valet parking rates can be even more at about $35 or more per night. Some hotels only offer valet parking. Be sure and check your hotel’s parking options and rates before you shop around for something cheaper. If your hotel charges $25 or less per night, you’ve found a pretty good parking deal for Waikiki Beach.
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 $20 for 24 hours with unlimited in and out privileges. Depending on your length of stay, you might want to consider the monthly rate option, which is $140 for a calendar month. Check the most recent rates and find more information about this low-cost Waikiki parking location at this link.
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.
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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