Sunday, July 14, 2024
Beck Millan

Running in Waikiki

Honolulu is known for its hot semi-arid climate and comes with mostly dry summers. There are really only two seasons in Hawaii: summer (called “Kau” in Hawaiian) from May to October and winter (“Hooilo”) from November to April. The average summer daytime temperature is at around 85º F. (29.4 C), while in the winter it’s slightly cooler with 78º (25.6º C). The most rain occurs during the winter months, with very little rainfall during the summer; similar to California’s mediterranean climates. Now that’s my kind of weather and makes it perfect for all-year-around outdoor exercising and running.

When we first visited Oahu in 2014 we stayed in Waikiki and there are a couple of great runs you can do if you stay in that area. I love to go in the mornings before everybody’s out and about. Besides experiencing the gorgeous Hawaiian morning sun, the temperature is just perfect and there are less people on the sidewalks.

Here is one must-do loop I recommend if you’re a runner and stay in Waikiki:

Waikiki Loop [~4.8 miles] Map by “Greatruns”

The run starts at Kapiolani Park, next to the Honolulu zoo and follows Kapiolani Avenue through the beachfront neighborhood with views of the ocean. You pass the famous “Duke Kahanamoku Statue” and then hang a left on Lewers, followed by a right on Kaila Rd. From there, run down to the beach and follow it all the way to the Hilton.


Continue to run around the Lagoon [The “Super Pool” at the Hilton] and then turn back towards the start through Fort Derussy Beach Park. There used to be an outdoor gym in the park, with pull-up bars and different fitness stations but they removed it in July 2016 (due to liability issues, I think). However, there is an outdoor fitness station in Kapiolani Park, right across from the Aquarium. A great opportunity to “Hang loose” after your morning jog. 🤙🏽

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