Tracking free parking in Waikiki is something we’ve started to make a tradition. It’s a passion, even a bit of a game if you will. This past week we saved well over $100 using these tricks, which is no chump change.
If you’re staying at a hotel in Waikiki (or just parking there for the day), read on to save enough money for an evening on the town!
Free Parking in Waikiki and Cheap Parking in Waikiki
There are some easy alternatives to paying ever more expensive parking rates in Waikiki. We’re talking about some of the more costly parking rates in the country. Here’s our updated list starting at the Ala Moana side of town and heading up to Waikiki’s Diamond Head side. Please let us know your tips too.
Ala Moana Beach Park
If you’re staying at any of the hotels near Ala Moana, there is free all day and overnight parking along side the park on Ala Moana Park Drive. There are some places where parking is not permitted overnight including the side fronting the Waikiki Yacht Club, so read signs carefully. It gets very busy on weekend days with beach goers. A suggestion is heading to the mall for parking during the day, then parking overnight along the park, which is virtually unused.
Hilton Hawaiian Village
You’ll also still find free parking behind the Illikai Hotel and the Hilton’s Duke Kahanamoku lagoon. But remember this free Waikiki parking lot does close at 10:30 nightly. Google Maps. This lot tends to get crowded and people will wait for others to leave.
Ala Wai Canal Free Parking
Get there early and you may find free parking along the Ala Wai Canal (no parking Monday or Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am). Continue on Ala Wai Boulevard until you are on the opposite side of the canal from the convention center for more free spaces available 24 hours a day. It can happen, we found 2 open spaces last week around 10:00am. Image below.
Honolulu Zoo Area
At the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, nearb the Honolulu Zoo, you’ll find free unlimited time parking which is almost always available on Montserrat Avenue. Do watch for signs indicating occasional closures for special events. This works great for overnight parking at nearby Waikiki Hotels. Google Maps. There is also free parking in the Waikiki Shell’s parking lot which is located on the same street.
Kaioo Drive and Wai Nani Streets
Located at opposite ends of Waikiki, these streets have free parking too.