The Ala Wai Canal, or "Freshwater Way", is a beautiful waterway at the western entrance to Waikiki. Constructed in 1922, the canal drains up to 150 inches of rainwater that falls
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Ala Wai Boulevard
The Ala Wai Canal, or "Freshwater Way", is a beautiful waterway at the western entrance to Waikiki. Constructed in 1922, the canal drains up to 150 inches of rainwater that falls in the mountains above Waikiki each year. Prior to the completion of the canal, southeastern coast of O'ahu was a swampland of fish and duck ponds.
After the canal was completed, the land was reclaimed and the result was the most famous tourist and beach area in the world - Waikiki. The walkway along the canal is well-lit and perfect for jogging, strolling, and relaxing. Most afternoons, outrigger crews can be seen practicing along this beautiful waterway.
The beautiful Hawaii Convention Center, golf courses, apartments, and condominiums line the long stretch of waterway all the way to the ocean where it empties into the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.
The Ala Wai Canal marks the entrance to Waikiki. Ala Moana Boulevard, Kalakaua Avenue, and McCully Street all cross the canal leading to and from this popular tourist area. Ala Wai Boulevard borders the Western and Southern edge of the Canal.
No swimming or fishing allowed
Do not drink the water from the canal