Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon)

4.5 stars from 8 reviews
Address 92-1185 AliInui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707
Great for swimming and snorkeling. Protected from the open ocean.

Features
• 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

Matt Anderson's Take
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.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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A great beach overall. Waves are often small here so it can be very family friendly. It does get crowded, this one more than the rest because of how Disney has taken over the beach.
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aukanaii
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 3
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It's the type of beach to just sit and watch the sunset while you eat and enjoy family company. It's not really meant for surfing but over all it's a nice beach to just relax and chill.
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Annette W
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 32
Likes Received: 3
Fantastic for children or anyone that wants to enjoy the ocean without the big waves. Safe and calm waters.
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
One of the most beautiful lagoons in Oahu. Great for family's or honeymooners. Gorgeous scenery and water are beautiful. I go here every year! Go check it out.
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Beth
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
Lagoon 1 is a great beach, but it is very crowded because the Aulani resort guests have basically taken it over.
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Clara S
Joined: Apr 2015
Reviews: 15
Likes Received: 1
This is where I go to play tourist. Love it here though the parking situation is terrible.
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Jessica M
Joined: Mar 2014
Reviews: 7
Likes Received: 4
I love spending my day here. Although this spot is quite popular for tourists and weddings/parties, not even the busy crowd can ruin my time at Lagoon 1. While you're there, don't forget to check out what's beyond the boulders! But be careful on the rocks. They might be too uncomfortable to walk barefoot on, but the breathtaking view you'll get of the tidepools and the ocean is absolutely worth it! Also, you might even get to meet one of the seals who sunbathe at Lagoon 1 regularly!
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Vuong
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 6
Likes Received: 3
Another perfect man-made lagoon and another spot we love taking the little ones. The Aulani hotel in the background is nice but that also means nothing but tourists here. Still, this is the biggest of the 4 lagoons and probably the best one over all when it's not too packed with tourists.
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