Sand Island State Recreation Area

2.5 stars from 3 reviews
Address 90-206 Sand Island Pkwy, Honolulu, HI 96819
Large park area used mostly by locals. Decent, but not great, beaches.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Camping
• Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Picnic Tables
• Facilities: Showers • Facilities: Sports Field
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: No Dogs Allowed
• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Fishing • Good For: Swimming

Matt Anderson's Take
With a name like Sand Island you can't help but assume this is going to be an amazing place with an amazing beach, right? Unfortunately, most would probably agree that isn't the case here.


It's an enormous park area with ball fields, campsites, tons of parking, showers, bathrooms, and plenty of shady areas. The park portion here is a peaceful place to hangout during the week because there won't be many people here at all then. But it's not in the best shape, just another park that isn't being maintained very well.


On weekends you can expect to see locals and probably nothing but locals here because this just isn't a place tourists visit.


As for beaches, Sand Island has two of them. One is fairly long and the other is a small man made lagoon with a breakwater rock wall so it remains fairly calm and protected from the open ocean.


They aren't horrible beaches but really nothing special either and you'd really be better off at nearby Ala Moana Beach & State Recreation Area or even The Beaches Of Waikiki.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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It's not that the beach here is terrible, it's just not very good. The area around the beach never feels well maintained and beyond the recreation area is all industrial. Locals love this place on the weekends so leave it for them, you can find a better beach almost anywhere else.
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Beth
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
Sand Island is a good place to look for sea glass and other treasures, that's pretty much all I do here. I like it because you basically have the whole place to yourself on weekdays.
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Clara S
Joined: Apr 2015
Reviews: 15
Likes Received: 1
Not a place I swim at but great for hanging out and having a picnic. Not too many tourists which is nice.
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