Free And Cheap Waikiki Parking

I don’t like paying $20 or more for overnight parking in Waikiki.  While hotel parking used to be quite parkinginexpensive here, it’s edging up towards the unreasonable.  With the car rental bargains available, it’s easy to spend more on the parking than on the car itself.

Before accepting your hotel’s charge for parking, you might want to do some checking on your own.

We typically prefer staying at one of the two ends of Waikiki (either near Ala Moana or the Zoo).  This week, we’re staying close to the Zoo, and came determined to do some quick research and avoid the $120 charge for six days of hotel parking we would have otherwise incurred.

At the far end of Waikiki, near the Honolulu Zoo.

  • We’ve found free parking available 24 hours a day along Montserrat Avenue, which is off of Kalakau just beyond Kapahulu.
  • There’s also unlimited free parking in the lot next to the Waikiki Shell, just off Montserrat.  We park here overnight.
  • The Honolulu Zoo, on Kapahulu, just off of Kalakaua, has 24 hour metered marking, for just 25 cents an hour.  It’s closely monitored so don’t forget to bring your quarters and watch your time.
  • Nearer to central Waikiki is the Waikiki Banyan Hotel (on ‘Ohua Street), which charges $10 per day or $60 per week for unlimited parking with in/out privileges.

Near Ala Moana.

There is still free parking along the Ala Wai Canal, on Ala Wai Boulevard.  We’ve heard rumors, however, that this may change to metered parking soon.

If you have suggestions on discount parking in Waikiki, we’d love to hear about them.


  1. elisa (4 years ago)

    Is parking along Ala Wai Canal still free, or has it changed to metered parking?

    • Rob (4 years ago)

      Hi Elisa,

      It is still free but quite limited.

      Aloha, Rob

  2. Billy (5 years ago)

    Yes, please kindly advise as new updates are much appreciated. I am staying at Moana Surfrider and rate for self parking is 25$ per night. Since I’m staying 7 nights, that is definitely a whip on my wallet. Please advise. Thank you in advance!

    • Jeff (5 years ago)

      Hi Billy,

      Hopefully another reader can be of assistance.

      Aloha, Jeff

  3. Joy Jacot (5 years ago)

    Jeff, you seem to know your way around a bit. We are also wondering about parking. We are staying at the Ilikai. Valet only at $20. However someone mentioned they thought there was a lot behind this hotel that went for $8/day. What do you know if this? If it’s true, do you know if there are in-and-out priviledges. We’ve been tryng to get info, but no one seems to know.

  4. Curly (5 years ago)

    Sorry. I was wondering if free parking 24 hours is still available along Montserrat Avenue and in the lot next to the Waikiki Shell, just off Montserrat? Is there much risk with parking at these places? And is it still $10 per day for parking with in/out privileges at the Waikiki Banyan Hotel (on ‘Ohua Street)? Can you park there if you’re not staying in that hotel? Are there any other cheap or free parking options near the Royal Garden at Waikiki hotel, 440 Olohana Street? The hotel is about midpoint between the zoo and the Ala Moana center, about 1 1/4 miles to each. It’s 1.6 miles from the Waikiki Banyan hotel.

  5. Curly (5 years ago)

    Can anybody update this 17-month old article? My husband and I are making our first trip to Hawaii in August, staying at the Royal Garden at Waikiki. We thought we’d rent a car for 2 or 3 days, to see the island, but otherwise use public transportation. We would like to get the best deal available for both car rental and parking. All suggestions will be appreciated. I plan to reserve a car soon.

    • Jeff (5 years ago)


      If there’s anything specific you’d like to ask, we’ll try to answer.

      Aloha, Jeff

  6. Jeff (6 years ago)

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for your additions.

    The RQ Waikiki Beach Tower parking is indeed free, although I believe it is valet only. The way I come and go, that turns out to be somewhat expensive, tip-wise.


  7. Daniel (6 years ago)

    If you are staying in specific hotels or condos, there are a couple that also offer free or reduced parking. Staying at the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Tower gives you free parking for 1 car. Staying at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki used to give free parking with a minimum 3 night stay. However, as of January 1st, 2009, they charge a $25 daily self-parking fee, but with a 4-night stay or longer, they cut that in half.