Free Waikiki Beach Hula Show at Kuhio Beach Park

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What is your favorite four-letter word? My favorite  is free! It’s not often that you find quality entertainment that’s free, but on Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach, you’ll find a beautiful free hula show. It’s really a lovely setting with sounds of the ocean mixing in with the Hawaiian music.

The show includes authentic Hawaiian music and hula performances as well as a torch lighting ceremony. It’s offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights, weather permitting. Please note that there will NOT be a show on December 25, 2014 due to the Christmas holiday.

You’ll find the show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound on Waikiki Beach near the intersection of Uluniu and Kalakaua Avenues in Waikiki. Look for the beachside, grassy mound near Duke Kahanomoku’s statue and the large Banyan trees.

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Show times alternate from 6:00pm and 6:30pm depending on the season and sunset. Generally during the winter months of November, December, January) the show is held at 6:00pm. Generally, from February – October, the show starts at 6:30pm. The schedule is subject to change. For more information call 808-843-8002.

The show lasts about an hour. If you’re going, you may want to bring a towel or a beach mat as there is only lawn seating. Another idea for you, bring a little snack, picnic or ice cream treat with you and enjoy dinner and a show. :)

The following video shows some brief scenes from one of the hula shows at Kuhio Beach Park.

Mahalo to the Honolulu Office of Economic Development for providing the free show and to the Waikiki Improvement Project for the photo.


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19 comments

  1. We are planning to go in April and will see this show. Do you know if there is any free parking available around there?

    • Hi Rohit – Do you know where you’ll be staying? If you are staying in Waikiki Beach, by chance, it’s very walkable.

      Finding free or low cost parking in Waikiki can be a real challenge. Here’s a post listing free or low cost parking options in Waikiki Beach: http://www.govisithawaii.com/2007/11/13/finding-reasonable-parking-in-waikiki/
      From zooming in on the map included in that post, it looks like you can find inexpensive metered parking by Kapiolani Park on the mauka side (mountain side) of the street.

      Another option, you might want to consider is that there’s a great sushi and seafood restaurant just across the street in the Waikiki Beach Marriott. It’s called Sansei and it’s one of my personal favorites. They offer validated parking per their website: http://www.sanseihawaii.com/location_waikiki.html

      Does that help?

  2. I just checked on google. This place is 2 blocks from my hotel on waikiki beach. It is gud then.

    Only thing sucks about my hotel is $18 daily valet parking. I will use the map above to find cheap parking around. I hope i can find some empty space to park there. :)

    Thanks again, sheila.

  3. Hi Rohit – oh, good! You’ll be in a great location. A parking rate of $18 per day is really not that bad for Waikiki standards, but I hate paying for parking at all, don’t you?

    Here are a couple more tips about rental cars for Waikiki:

    Be sure that you don’t leave any valuables in your car.
    http://www.govisithawaii.com/2008/03/18/hawaii-advice-lock-your-car-doors/
    http://www.govisithawaii.com/2008/11/25/hawaii-vacation-driving-stress-reducer-navigation-system/

  4. This show is now on tues, thurs and sat at 6:30 at hula mound. Nice free show.

  5. Hi Rohit – can’t beat the price, right? ;-)

    Starting May, 2009, they’re adding another show on Sunday nights.

  6. Indeed, Sheila! :) It is nice show to attend while you are walking around in town.

  7. I have seen this hula show and came back for more shows while I was in Ohau this past Jan. The show is different every time and it is a great show to see. I saw this beach show 4 times over a 2 week period. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to catch the fantastic sunset on Waikiki Beach. The show is narrated and has many explanations of Hawaaian culture. It is full of humor and best of all it’s FREE. If you buy the cookies that are sold for fundraising of this show, they are delicious!

  8. Thanks, Tammy, for letting us know what you thought of this free hula show.

  9. Does anyone know who is in charge of the entertainment on this stage? …..Jon

  10. Will there be a free hula show on Friday night, April 20? My wife and I are on a cruise and the ship will only be in Honolulu on Friday. If not are there any other free shows of the same quality?

    Thank you.

  11. Hi!!!
    My name is Elena, I’m italian and I’m finally here in this paradise!!!! :)
    I’m looking for a hula show, where do I can find it?
    I read about the Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach, is it still going? What time and days?
    I’m staying at the hilton at waikiki beach, so it would be very close!

    Ciao

    • Hi Elena — as the article says, this free hula show “offered every Tuesday*, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights, weather permitting. You’ll find the show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound on Waikiki Beach near the intersection of Uluniu and Kalakaua Avenues in Waikiki. Look for the mound near Duke Kahanomoku’s statue and the large Banyan trees.”

      It will probably be about a 20 minute walk from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It’s quicker to go via the beach.

  12. I want to take my kids this aug when we are in Hawaii. Does it get real crowded? What ate the best days to go? Thanks

  13. Would like to use your image of the Hula show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound for a National Geographic travel book titled ABROAD AT HOME showcasing ethnic neighborhoods and cultures throughout the US and CAnada. Let me know if this image is available.

    • Kay – we don’t own the rights to the photo. Check the last sentence of the article where we indicate that.

      We have a collection of photos from the Kuhio Beach Park Hula Show here. If any of those photos are of interest, contact us to discuss the next steps.

  14. No Sunday show! There was one up until a few months ago and it was cancelled, so be aware.

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