WAI‘ALAE BEACH PARK
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I

Waiʻalae Beach Park is a prominent park that is located on the South Shores of Oʻahu. This popular park is accessible by car or walking and is a favorite for weddings, wind surfing, kite surfing, picnicking, soccer playing, swimming, fishing, and numerous other park activities.

Oftentimes a project may start off as a simple request, such as to design a handicapped accessible pathway. This was the case with Waiʻalae Beach Park. The Vision Team from the Waiʻalae Kahala district saw the need to spend a portion of their allotted 2 million funding to plan a 10’ wide straight pathway. This appeared to look like two roads and did not seem to me to be in keeping with the feel of an ocean beach park. I felt that it was important that these new pathways should be an integral part of the entire Beach Park that would connect the park activities, while being aesthetically pleasing. I suggested that rather than just designing an uninteresting straight pathway, a master plan should be developed incorporating the entire 4.23 acre park. Working together with the Vision Team, the Neighborhood Board and the City and County of Honolulu design team, Civil Engineers, the City maintenance crew and after many meetings, a master plan was developed. The Master Plan was designed to revitalize the park by improving the circulation, while maintaining the open space and views to the ocean thus providing an interesting park experience.

Waiʻalae Beach Park will be aesthetically beautiful and functional and will continue to serve the public well in providing a natural park in a beach setting along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Revitalizing the park and keeping the charm of old Hawai’i, compliment this special place, Waiʻalae Beach Park.

Waiʻalae Beach Park was recieved a Certificate of Appreciation from the Betty Crocker Landscape Awards sponsored by Scenic Hawai‘i in 2005.