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Where do you park when you go to Tiki's?

Of course, Tiki's offers free parking for 3 hours in the hotel valet. Just turn into the porte cochere at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel at the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Paoakalani Avenue, entering on the Paoakalani site, and the valets will be happy to accommodate you.

But what if you don't like to valet? Yes, there are some of us that don't like valets, or anybody for that matter, in our cars...for whatever reason. Where do we park?

Fortunately, if you want to go to Tiki's, there are numerous parking options nearby. The easiet self-parking is on Paoakalani Avenue along the Ewa (west) side. The stalls are metered and if you decide to stay longer than you planned (no doubtedly because you're having so much fun) you are just across the street to run and feed the meter.

The next best choice for metered parking is along Kapahulu Avenue between Tiki's and the Honolulu Zoo. There are stalls on both the Diamond Head (east) side and about a block up there are metered stalls on both sides of the street.

The zoo parking lot has one of those parking management da kine, where you pay money and put the receipt on your dash. It's generally crowded during the day, but stalls start opening up around happy hour, and are easy to find in the evening.

There's also metered parking on Kalakaua Avenue past the zoo along Kapiolani Park. The mauka (mountain) side of the street is lined with metered stalls and there's usually spots open. Better yet, and if you're lucky enough to find one, the stalls on the makai side of Kalakaua are FREE. However, they seldom turnover.

Speaking of FREE, the stalls in the Waikiki Shell parking lot are free and plentiful. Unless there is an event at Kapiolani Park or at the shell, these stalls are usually open.

Waikiki has a reputation for being a tough place to find parking. On the other hand, people save their whole lives so they can come and have a nice dinner overlooking the beach and maybe sip a cocktail. You just gotta know where to park!

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