Free parking in Waikiki? Yes!
Are you looking for free parking in or around Waikiki? Here are some tips on where you can get free or cheap parking in Waikiki.
Ala Wai Canal
Every Waikiki local knows that the first place to look for free parking is along the Ala Wai Canal. Parking is always free along the canal and stretches not only the length of the canal but also includes the smaller stretch across from the Hawaii Convention Center. These free spaces easily fill up, cross your fingers you’ll get a chance to snap one up. Just be aware to move your vehicle before 8:30 am on Mondays and Fridays as there is no parking from 8:30 to 11:30 on those days of the week because of tree trimming. If you don’t, you will get towed!
You’ll find free parking on Montserrat Avenue which is available almost any time. Just note that the start and end of the free parking areas are marked by No Parking signs before and after. Also be aware of signs for occasional closures due to special events at Kapiolani Park. The stretch of Kalakaua Ave that lines the ocean south of Waikiki has free parking on the ocean side only. It is very popular so can be difficult to find a spot. If you are willing to walk a bit further Paki Ave has free parking on the other side of Kapiolani Park. If you are in a pinch for parking and willing to pay a reasonable amount the Honolulu Zoo parking on Kapahulu Ave is very convenient and only charges $1 per hour.
Ala Moana Beach Park and Mall
Always remember to read the signs carefully. There is free all-day parking inside the park on Ala Moana Boulevard, but you would not want to leave your car overnight. All parks in Hawaii are officially closed overnight and cars left there are prime targets for break ins. On weekends, make sure to go early as it gets very busy and crowded.
You can head to the Ala Moana Mall for covered parking during the day. Also, additional free parking is available after 12 noon at the Ala Moana Building on weekends.
Hilton Hawaiian Village
There’s free parking along the side of the lagoon of Hilton Hawaiian Village which has a 6-hour maximum stay and available from 4:30 in the morning up to 10:30 at night. And since its free parking, it tends to get crowded. Just across are metered lots that are open 24 hours for a dollar an hour. So if you’re staying around or near this area, you can try to park at the free lot during the day and move to the metered lots for overnight parking afterwards.
Central Waikiki Street Parking
Are you looking to park on the street in Central Waikiki? Good luck. There are limited pay meter spots in a few central locations but they are expensive and usually taken. However, there are a few streets still in Waikiki with free street parking. If you are hunting for the free street spot look on Keoniana Street and Kuamoo Street on the Ala Moana end and Paoakalani Ave on the other end.