Wai'alae Beach Park

3 stars from 3 reviews
Address 4840 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Nice beach park. Popular place for weddings.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: Murky Water
• Type: Shady • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Fishing

Full Description
Wai'alae Beach Park is located right next to and behind The Kahala Hotel & Resort but don't confuse this beach with Kahala Beach which is located further west of here. This beach is one of the more popular places for weddings on O'ahu.


On the positive side, there is a nice and large grassy park area with picnic tables and shady areas to hang out in and is fairly well kept up. It also has a good size parking lot (at least during the week), bathrooms (with changing areas inside), showers, and a drinking fountain. So, a good list of facilities. It might get a bit more crowded on weekends and/or when wedding parties come here for photo shoots which can make parking a bit more of a challenge.


The beach itself isn't bad but it has a lot of rocks and other sea debris all over it so it's odd that they don't bring the beach cleaning machine over here every couple of centuries to clean things up! The water here isn't bad but the Wai'alae Stream empties into the ocean after it runs right through the center of the park.


If it just rained then this is going to lead to some murky waters so they built a short seawall that extends into the ocean which keeps (in theory) that murky water on the west side of the wall and thus makes the best option for playing in the water on the east side of that wall.


As you head east towards The Kahala Hotel & Resort, you'll see a tiny man made island and just beyond that is probably the best area here since the bottom won't be as rocky as the other parts. This area is directly behind The Kahala Hotel & Resort and kept up fairly well and probably the place to hang out if you plan to spend time on this beach.


Another option is to head from the parking lot towards the ocean and turn right (west-ish) and if you don't mind (up to) a half mile walk along the beach you'll end up along portions of lovely Kahala Beach that are otherwise difficult to access.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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It's not a bad beach but it's just not all that great. The part behind the hotel is the best and a nice place to spend some time but near the stream it's not nearly as nice.
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Lani
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 168
Likes Received: 4
Wai'alae Beach Park is never crowded. In fact, you'll hardly see anybody there. The water is shallow, but since there is so much wind here, ripples form and make the water sort of rough. I hate the feeling of sand pelting my body on windy days. On the bright side, there is plenty of parking. It's not one of my favorite beaches because it's not a comfortable beach to hang out.
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