Kaluahole Beach & Makalei Beach Park

Kaluahole Beach & Makalei Beach Park
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Address 3065 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Two beaches on the southwest side of Diamond Head Crater.

• Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers • Type: Dog Friendly • Type: Shady
• Parking: Street only

Makalei Beach Park is the main beach park here and has a fairly large grassy area with shade provided by trees. There is no parking at all right near the beach park so you'll either need to park over a quarter mile west of here in Kapiolani Park or along one of the residential streets (Coconut Ave, Kiele Ave, Kalakaua Ave to name a few) if you can find any open spots.

The actual sandy beach at Makalei isn't much to speak of and has a pretty rock bottom so not a great place to play in the water. Right next to Makalei (west side) is Kaluahole Beach (accessed through Makalei Park) which is slightly better and not quite as rock but still not very good.

The only real nice thing about these beaches is the peacefulness you are likely to find since they are usually either completely empty or have one or two of the local residents there. It's a nice place to sit and relax and enjoy a great ocean view but not really much else in our opinion, especially with better options nearby. The picnic tables, some of the pavement areas, and benches here are in very sad shape and downright dangerous so be careful!

If you head towards the ocean here, then turn left, you will find a very narrow beach walk bridge that heads east. Follow that walkway and you'll end up at nearby Leahi Beach Park which is actually less desirable than Kaluahole Beach / Makalei Beach, but it's a neat little walk and you've come this far, right!