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.

* Waikiki Shell parking lot on Monsarrat Avenue offers inexpensive parking. When we checked on October 2019, the rate started at $6 per day. See this link for parking options and pricing. This parking area is located on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, near Honolulu Zoo and Kapiolani Park. No overnight parking is allowed.

* Complimentary valet parking is offered if you spend $20 at a Waikiki Beach Walk shop or restaurant between the hours of 10am and 3pm. See this link for more information.

* Royal Hawaiian Center offers free parking with validation for up to two hours. After the first and second hours, 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 rate is $1.50 per hour. You can only park up to four hours maximum. For more information, see this link.

* The Waikiki Shopping Plaza offers $7 and $10 flat rate parking specials some evening and weekend hours. See this link for more details and any updated pricing and policies.

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

Cheap Waikiki Parking for Long-Term Visits  — Overnight Parking

If you’re staying in a hotel in Waikiki Beach, you can expect to pay an approximate average around $40 per day for parking. Valet parking rates can be even more. Be sure and check your hotel’s parking options and rates before you shop around for something cheaper. If your hotel charges $40 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 are now metered. This site has some of the Waikiki parking options for the general public for you to get an idea of what various garages charge.

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.

* See our article with tips for driving and parking in Waikiki.

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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. It was most recently updated October 2019.

I highly recommend you check the parking providers websites and or phone ahead directly to them to check their current rates and policies.

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33 comments
  1. 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

  2. @ 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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 : )

  7. 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 .

  8. 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.

    1. 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

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

  10. 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

    1. We just got back from Oahu and stayed at Hilton Waikiki Beach resort and we parked at Diamond parking which was about 5 blocks from Resort.. $18 for 24 hr parking

  11. @ 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.

  12. 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!

    1. 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).

    1. 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.

  13. 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

    1. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. Hi reading your blog. Good info. Two question.
    1. What is phone no for ala Moana shopping center for parking?
    2. How I get entertainment book for coupon?

  16. Bill – our advice is to take a look at the cheap-ish parking garages we’ve mentioned in the above article and then use Google Maps to determine the walking distance to your hotel. From that you can determine if you think the walking distance is worth the difference in the savings. Sometimes, it’s worth paying the high fees for the convenience.

    We know how frustrating it is to pay such high rates for Waikiki parking. In December, we paid over $35 per night to park at the hotel where we stayed. We hated doing that, but the included valet service was very convenient as compared to walking a 1/4 mile or more to a different parking garage.

  17. Could you provide the name and contact info for the company that operates the parking meters at the Honolulu Zoo parking lot at Waikiki Beach? Thanks.

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