Duke Kahanamoku Beach — the go-to swath of sand most easily accessible for guests of THE MODERN HONOLULU — was voted the #1 “Best Beach in America” by Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman, a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research.
Although Leatherman is a self-proclaimed expert on beaches, he uses an algorithm that weighs safety, ease of access, crowds, number of sunny days per year — even sand softness — and a host of other factors. In essence, his selections are legit.
Dr. Beach described Duke Kahanamoku Beach saying: “Far from the large crowds elsewhere… It is [the] widest beach on this stretch of famous sands and protected by an offshore coral reef.”
A five-minute walk from THE MODERN HONOLULU’s Sunrise Pool (which has received national attention for exquisite design), guests can opt to snorkel at the lively reef that safeguards the tranquil waters from breaking waves. There are surfboard rental companies just off the beach, or the hotel’s concierges can help arrange guided surf lessons throughout your stay.
Another popular spot for hotel guests is the adjacent Duke’s Lagoon — a man-made shallow lagoon fed by underground springs separated from the ocean by a swath of sand and boardwalk. The lagoon is visible from THE MODERN HONOLULU’s rooms and hotel pool decks, as well as the outdoor dining room at Morimoto Waikiki.
Factoring in the oasis that is the Sunset Pool (for adult guests only), it’s clear THE MODERN HONOLULU put a priority on satiating the aquatic needs of its international clientele.