The cry of “Point Panic!” is a familiar one to those who love vintage surfer music. Best thing is it is actually a real place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Being a local I decided to take my instant camera down there to the water front.
When on the island of Oahu and visiting Honolulu or Waikiki there are a lot places you want to visit as a tourist. If you are a local there are a lot of places you might want to go hang out and relax. One of those places is the famous Point Panic, which is often called the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. These days it is tucked away quietly between the local children’s museum and the new University of Hawaii medical college.
When you arrive you can expect to find a nice large parking lot with free parking, which is actually a very rare thing here. From there all you will see at first is a giant grass hill and walking trails meandering over the hill in various directions. Don’t worry, this is indeed the right place. Locals kids actually come here just to slide down that grassy hill on cardboard boxes.
After an extremely sort walk over the grassy hill you’ll discover lots of shady pavilions along the sea wall that is Point Panic. This is the ideal place to bring the family or that special someone for a picnic and a stroll along the sea wall. This is the Point Panic immortalized in the song by the same name by the vintage surf band The Surfaris.
If you are a surfer you will find steps leading over the sea wall and right into the ocean. They call it Point Panic for a reason and when the surf is up it is UP! So you’ll not want to do any first time surfing here.
Besides picnicking and surfing you’ll find some statues to photograph along with palm trees and the ocean. People also like to walk out onto the sea wall to do some fishing as well. The only point of caution is that, like all Hawaii beaches, there are some homeless people. They will keep totally to themselves as long as you do the same.