Mahalo and aloha! Big improvements are coming to Hawaii’s Waikiki beach


This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Major renovation is coming to Hawaii’s best-known tourist attraction, Waikiki Beach. The Hawaiian legislature passed a state budget that included around $13 million “for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall and other man-made structures at the state’s most visited beach.”

Related: The 7 Best Starter Travel Credit Cards

If you’re planning a getaway to Oahu in late summer or early fall, you may want to be mindful of where you stay in Honolulu. Per an Associated Press report, the funding is “sufficient to shore up the Royal Hawaiian seawall between the Waikiki Sheraton and Royal Hawaiian hotels and return a seawall to Kuhio Beach.”

(The Waikiki Sheraton recently moved from a Category 6 Marriott property to a Category 7, with off-peak rates starting at 50,000 points per night and peak rates at 70,000 points per night.)

Dolan Eversole of the University of Hawaii said this work “is the largest appropriation for beach improvements on Oahu in recent memory.” It’s unclear what impact the work will have on tourists, but it could get noisy on those areas of the beach.

Before planning your trip, be sure to check out our guide to getting to Hawaii using points and miles. If Waikiki Beach feels too crowded in general, we’ve got you covered with guides on other Hawaiian islands below.

Featured image courtesy of Waikiki Sheraton.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Apply Nowt

Darren Murph holds a Guinness World Record as the planet’s most prolific professional blogger. He’s an explorer at heart, having traversed nearly 50 countries and all 50 US states. He’s flown over one million miles on Delta alone, and serves as a senior writer at TPG.