Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon)

Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon)
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Address 92-1185 AliInui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707
Great for swimming and snorkeling. Protected from the open ocean.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Showers • Type: Kid Friendly • Type: No Dogs Allowed
• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming

Ko Olina Lagoon 1, which is also called the Kahola Lagoon, is in the city of Kapolei on the west side of O'ahu in the Ko Olina Resort. It is the biggest of the four Ko Olina Lagoons and is home to the Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa and the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina so it does get a bit crowded on most days from all of those guests. The parking situation here is pretty bad with around 18 public spots in the 1A lot and another 18 in the 1B lot. Arrive early if you want a spot, after that it may be tough to come by and impossible on a weekend.

All of the lagoons in Ko Olina are man made and nicely protected from the ocean by breakwaters so this makes them a great place for the kids as the surf will usually be low to nonexistent, though there are no lifeguards here. That also makes the snorkeling here pretty good on most days and you'll find all sorts of fish to view. The fish are a reminder that the lagoon is still open to the ocean so this has all of the potential dangers of any other beach in Hawaii as well.

There can be a stronger current near the breakwaters, especially the center opening where the water exits the lagoon for the ocean which is roped off so you know to stay away from it.

There is a lot of sand to play on here and a decent amount of grass (some with shade from trees) as well along with public showers, drinking fountains, and toilets.

Ko Olina Lagoon 1, like all of the Ko Olina Lagoons, is one of the best beaches in Hawaii and one we highly recommend you try. If it's too busy then try Lagoon Ko Olina Lagoon 2 (Honu Lagoon), Ko Olina Lagoon 3 (Nai'a Lagoon), or Ko Olina Lagoon 4 (Ulua Lagoon) because they're all very similar. All four of the Ko Olina lagoons are connected by a very nice concrete beach walk.