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Kūhiō Beach Park closure hours modified for consistency with nearby park

Nightly closure from 12 a.m. (midnight)to 5 a.m. effective immediately

O‘AHU -- In conjunction with Waikīkī community and law enforcement efforts to increase safety and create consistent park regulations, the Honolulu Department of Park and Recreation (DPR) is modifying the closure hours for Kūhiō Beach Park in Waikīkī. Effective immediately, nightly closure for this beach park will begin at 12 a.m. (midnight) and last until 5 a.m. every morning. The previous closure hours were from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., with this change expanding the nightly closure by two hours.

The change was approved following input from Waikīkī residents, Waikīkī Neighborhood Board #9, the Honolulu Police Department, the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, the Waikīkī Business Improvement Association, and DPR staff. It creates a consistent closure schedule with the adjacent Kapi‘olani Park, which is closed nightly from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

"We appreciate all of the discussion and input from the numerous stakeholders who help us oversee this historic stretch of beach," said Laura H. Thielen, DPR Director. "It is important to remember that while we are expanding the nightly closure of this park for consistency, the public may traverse a closed public park, especially to access other public resources like the ocean. A closure indicates that you may not remain in the park, unless otherwise permitted."

DPR staff completed changes to the physical signage listing the closure hours along Kūhiō Beach Park this week. The hour change is also reflected on the official list of closure hours for City parks online at: Other park closure hours vary from park-to-park, with the most common City park closure hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

Transferred to City jurisdiction in March 1936, the 3.4-acre Kūhiō Beach Park is named after Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. Born in the Kōloa District of Kaua‘i, Kūhiō was named prince of the Hawaiian Kingdom by Royal proclamation at age 13. Following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government in 1893, Kūhiō was arrested and imprisoned for a year for participating in the armed resistance known as the Kaua Kūloko. He later served as a Hawaiian delegate to the U.S. Congress for nearly 20 years before passing in 1922 at the age of 50. The father of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, he is also recognized for many accomplishments such as: introducing surfing to the United States with his brothers, helping establish numerous parks around the islands, advocating for women's suffrage, forming the Hawaiian Civic Clubs, implementing our current county system of government, and mastering lua (Hawaiian martial arts). To honor Kūhiō and these many philanthropic efforts, a State holiday is recognized annually on his birthday, March 26. For more information about the life and many accomplishments of Prince Kūhiō, pleased visit:

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email at least three business days before the scheduled event. Without sufficient advanced notice, it may not be possible to fulfill requests.

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