The Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a picturesque lagoon in Wakikiki. The waterfall adds a charming and fun addition to the lagoon.

Lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village: Everything You Need to Know About Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon in 2024


Officially known as Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, this idyllic spot also goes by names like Hilton Lagoon, Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon, and Waikiki Lagoon.

But no matter what you call it, I’m so glad you’re here! Welcome to the ultimate guide to Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon – your one-stop resource for all things related to this hidden gem within the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. πŸ–οΈ

I’m thrilled to provide you with my firsthand insights into everything you should know about this lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Whether you’re a traveler planning your visit or a local looking to explore the lagoon, we’ve got you covered!

In this post, we’ll cover topics such as locating the lagoon, parking options, available water sports, and whether reservations are necessary. Additionally, I’ll share some valuable tips to ensure that your experience is truly unforgettable! 🌟

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Brief Overview of the Lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a picturesque 5-acre man-made, salt-water lagoon located within the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The lagoon is named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer, Duke KahanamokuπŸ„β€β™‚οΈ. This oasis provides a serene and family-friendly environment not only for resort guests but for the public too. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦

With its calm, turquoise waters and sandy beach, the lagoon offers a safe and enjoyable place for swimming, paddleboarding, and other water activities.

Adding to its charm, a beautiful waterfall graces the lagoon, offering serenity and excellent photo opportunities. πŸ“Έ

Surrounded by lush tropical landscaping 🌺🌴and with views of the iconic Diamond Head crater in the distance, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a popular spot for relaxation and water-based activities in the heart of Waikiki.

Where is Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon?

Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is positioned between the Rainbow Tower and the Lagoon Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort.

If staying at either the Lagoon Tower or Rainbow Tower, you certainly won’t miss it. However, if your accommodation is in one of the other towers, like the Tapa Tower where we stayed, finding it might not be as straightforward.

And the reason it might not be so straightforward is that Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is HUGE!! – Did you know it’s the largest Hilton Resort in the world? 🀩

So, if you’re staying in the Tapa Tower like we did, there are two ways to reach the lagoon. You can stroll past the open-air lobby area towards the Lagoon Tower, or you can head in the direction of the Super Pool and walk alongside Waikiki Beach. The lagoon will come into view on your right.

Parking for Lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village

If you’re not a guest at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, accessing the lagoon is still pretty easy.

If driving a car, you’ll find free parking spaces available alongside the lagoon, as shown in the picture below. πŸš—πŸ…ΏοΈ

A beautiful aerial shot of the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village and the parking area.

Additionally, there’s a parking lot right across from these spaces at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor. Note, that there is a fee to use this parking lot though. πŸ’°πŸš€

Watersport Activities

This beautiful Waikiki Lagoon is the perfect spot for swimming and relaxing. In fact, it’s a favorite among families with young children. πŸ–οΈ

The water is shallow and calm, making it a perfect spot for little ones to have fun and swim without worries. Plus, you won’t have to concern yourself with sharks or other intimidating ocean creatures because the lagoon is separate from the open ocean. 🦈🚫

Additionally, if you’re looking to add a little excitement to your Oahu vacation, the lagoon is also an ideal place to try watersports.

My 10-year-old’s favorite thing he did on our Hawaiian family vacation was paddleboarding at this lagoon! I’m so glad we were able to squeeze this activity in our last morning at the resort before checking out and heading to Disney’s Aulani Resort.

Waikiki Beach Activities is the company responsible for watersport equipment rentals, as well as chair and umbrella rentals at the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village. πŸš£β€β™€οΈπŸ–οΈ

They have two stands: one on the beach and one at the lagoon. For lagoon rentals, make sure to go to the Lagoon Stand.

The Lagoon Services Stand at the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village is where you go to rent equipment and pick up your Hilton towels.

The Lagoon Stand operates from 9:00 AM to 4-5 PM (depending on the season) and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Please keep in mind that you CAN’T reserve any water sports equipment or beach amenities like chairs and umbrellas.

If you’re looking to try out snorkeling, both stands offer Mask and Snorkel Sets for around $25. 🀿

Now, let’s take a look at some of the watersports and beach toys available at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon.

🌺 Stand-Up Paddle Board

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the most popular things to do at the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The lagoon’s calm, shallow waters are ideal for paddleboarding, especially for beginners and families with children. The tranquil environment allows you to practice your balance and paddle at your own pace.

I highly recommend giving it a try because like I said it was my 10-year-old’s favorite thing he did in Hawaii! πŸ‘

Ethan paddleboarding at the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

COST: $54.80 for 1 Hour


At the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village, you can also join a Stand-Up Paddle Board Fitness Class. This 90-minute class is suitable for ages 8 and up, regardless of skill level. The cost is $75 per person, and classes are available every day except Sundays, running from 8:30 AM to 10 AM.

You can reserve your spot online, but be sure to check in by 8:15 a.m. at the Lagoon Stand. It’s a fantastic way to stay active and enjoy the lagoon’s beauty!

🌺 Kayak

Kayaking at the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a fun water activity for all ages. The calm waters and lush surroundings make for a fun and relaxing experience.

COST: $58.80 for 1 Hour

🌺 Aqua Bike

Renting an Aqua Bike is a stable and fun way to explore the Waikiki Lagoon’s waters. These Aqua Bikes are pedal-powered watercraft that fit up to two riders. Enjoy the unique experience of pedaling on water while taking in the lagoon’s tranquil surroundings.

COST: $68.80 for 1 Hour

These Aqua Bikes are one of the fun watersports you can do at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon.

🌺Tubes & Rafts

Renting tubes and rafts at Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon offers a relaxing and group-friendly way to enjoy the water. These inflatable devices are perfect for floating comfortably on the serene lagoon waters.

Tube Rental: $12.80 Daily
Raft Rental: $19.80 Daily

EXPERT TIP: Be prepared for frigid water temperatures. πŸ₯Ά The water temperature at the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is much cooler than you’ll find in the pools or the ocean.

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Lagoon Beach Chair & Umbrella Rentals

At Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas for a daily fee. These rentals offer comfort and shade for a relaxing day by the water, protecting you from the sun’s rays.

This is a convenient option if you prefer not to carry your own equipment, ensuring you have a comfortable and enjoyable time at the lagoon.

πŸ–οΈ Chaise Lounge

COST: $24.80/day


COST: $39.80/day

πŸ–οΈ Chaise Lounges & One Umbrella

COST: $89.40/day

Tips for Visiting Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

Ethan swimming in the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

βœ”οΈ Arrive Early

Mornings at the lagoon are usually less crowded, offering a more peaceful and relaxing start to your day. You’ll also have a better chance of finding a prime spot on the beach. πŸŒ…

βœ”οΈ Towels

If staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, make sure to bring your “towel card” to receive your towels. If NOT staying at the Hilton, make sure to bring your own towels. πŸ‘

βœ”οΈ Sun Protection

The Hawaiian sun can be strong. Apply sunscreen generously, wear a hat, and bring sunglasses to protect yourself from sunburn. 😎

βœ”οΈ Shade

If you prefer shade, arrive early to secure a beach umbrella or you can bring your own beach tent or umbrella. There are some great palm trees in the grassy area around the lagoon that can provide great relief from the sun. ⛱️ 🌴

βœ”οΈ Water Activities

Take advantage of the various water activities available, such as paddleboarding and kayaking. Rentals are often available at the lagoon. πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

βœ”οΈ Food and Drinks

There are MANY great dining options at the resort where you can grab a meal or a quick snack or drink. Your closest option is the convenient Dairy Queen located right next to the lagoon in the Rainbow Tower. The nearby Hau Tree Bar is a great place to pick up a cocktail. There’s also frequently a food truck in the parking lot between the lagoon and the Ala Wai Boat Harbor area. πŸ”πŸ₯€

Also consider, packing snacks and drinks for ease and convenience to keep you refreshed throughout the day.

βœ”οΈ Enjoy the Sunset

If possible, stay until evening to witness a stunning Hawaiian sunset over the lagoon. It’s a memorable experience. Also, every week on Friday nights at 7:45 p.m., you can watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village Fireworks Show right from the lagoon. πŸŽ†πŸŒ΄πŸŒ…

My Favorite Things to Do at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Here are some of my favorite activities to enjoy at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. You don’t need to be a guest to enjoy these experiences!

πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈTake a Leisurely Stroll Through the Resort 🌺

One of my absolute favorite things to do at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort is to take a leisurely stroll through its stunning grounds.

You'll find quite a few beautiful water features at the Hilton Hawaiian Village including this beautiful koi pond.

The resort feels like a lush tropical paradise, with palm-lined pathways, fragrant flowers, and soothing water features at every turn, including koi ponds with beautiful fish and the sound of chirping birds.

⛩️ Explore the Rainbow Bazaar 🌈

When visiting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, make sure to explore the Rainbow Bazaar. This vibrant marketplace within the resort has a mix of Asian architecture. You will feel like you have been transported to Asia with its incredible atmosphere.

Exploring the Rainbow Bazaar is a must while at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  You will feel like you have been transported to Asia while walking around here.

At the Rainbow Bazaar, you’ll discover a variety of gift shops, boutiques, clothing stores, and jewelry shops. Some of my favorites include the Honolulu Cookie Company and the Waikiki Christmas Store. You’ll also find several restaurants, including our family’s favorites, Round Table Pizza and Fresco Italian.

πŸ›οΈ ABC Store πŸͺ

There are a couple of ABC Stores on the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort property, with one located in the Rainbow Bazaar. However, this store is so amazing that it deserves its own category. 🀣

ABC Store is a great place to pick up snacks, drinks, Hawaiian clothes, gifts and more.

ABC Stores are convenient little hubs where you can find everything from snacks and drinks to beach essentials, Hawaiian clothing, jewelry, and more. It’s super handy for picking up last-minute items or simply browsing their intriguing selection. I was quite the frequent visitor here, and once you walk into one, you’ll know why.

FAQs-Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon

Chris and Ethan paddleboarding on the lagoon.
Is the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village clean?

Yes, the lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is clean. This lagoon features a state-of-the-art water circulation system. Efforts are made to keep the lagoon area clean, including regular cleaning and maintenance of the water and surrounding areas.

Does the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon have fish?

Yes, you might find fish in the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Some people even like to go snorkeling in the lagoon to look at the fish. 🐠

Can anyone swim in the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon?

Yes, the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is open to both resort guests and the public, so anyone can swim in the lagoon. This Waikiki Lagoon is family-friendly and designed for swimming and water-based activities. It’s a popular spot for those to looking to enjoy the calm and shallow waters.

Is the Hilton lagoon safe to swim in?

The Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is considered a safe place for swimming. It features shallow and gradually deepening waters, making it suitable for families and less-experienced swimmers. The lagoon is also protected from strong ocean currents and waves since it’s man-made. However, it’s important to follow posted safety guidelines, stay aware of your surroundings, and keep an eye on children or inexperienced swimmers.

Is the Hilton Lagoon ocean water?

Even though the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is separated from the ocean it has fresh ocean water pumping in it consistently. This man-made saltwater lagoon is designed to provide a controlled and safe environment for swimming and water-based activities.

What are the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon hours?

The lagoon is open from sunrise to sunset. However, if you are looking to rent paddleboards, beach chairs, or other equipment, they usually don’t open til around 9 a.m.

How deep is the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon?

One of the best things about the lagoon is that it is shallow. The deepest part is said to be around 5 feet. This is perfect for families with young kids looking for a calm and safe place to play in the water.

The Wrap-Up

The Waikiki Lagoon is the perfect spot for swimming and paddleboading in Oahu.

Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a hidden gem that offers a world of relaxation and adventure.

With its serene waters, lush surroundings, and a host of water-based activities, it’s a destination great for both travelers and locals seeking the perfect Hawaiian getaway.

From swimming and paddleboarding to kayaking and lounging by the water, this Waikiki Lagoon provides an oasis of fun and tranquility.

Whether you’re planning your visit or are already on the island, we hope this guide has equipped you with the essential knowledge to make the most of your time at Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.

So go ahead, dive into the beautiful turquoise waters, take in the stunning scenery, soak up the sun on the sandy beach, and create unforgettable memories in this incredible Hawaiian paradise.

~Aloha! 🌺 😎


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