Ka'a'awa Beach Park

Ka'a'awa Beach Park
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Address 51-390 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaaawa, HI 96730
Picturesque beach with the large, sheer Hawaiian cliffs as a backdrop.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Picnic Tables • Type: Dog Friendly • Sand Type: Regular • Sand Type: White
• Parking: Street only • Good For: Fishing • Good For: Snorkeling • Good For: Sunrises

Ka'a'awa Beach Park is a long but narrow sandy beach along the windward side of O'ahu. It has a shallow reef, which provides interesting snorkeling when the ocean is calm. However, exercise caution during the winter when the water is surging. Nothing worse than having an unexpected wave thrust your body against a jagged reef. Ouch.

The beach itself is quite beautiful, but it is narrow, and not ideal for sunbathing since most of the sand isn't dry. Although it's located alongside the Kamehameha Highway, the noise from the road is not much of a distraction. The beach is picturesque with the majestic Ko'olau Mountains in the background.

Ka'a'awa Beach is not great for snorkeling as the water can be cloudy. The ocean is shallow off shore with gentle waves in the summer. The floor of the ocean just off the shore is not sandy but has a rock / reef bottom. The reef is not sharp, but it's not a nice sandy bottom to stand on. It's easy to stub your toe if not careful.

The park itself has 2 sections. One section on the eastern side usually has few people and a tire rope swing that children enjoy playing on. Not many people use this part of the beach park. There isn't much parking and the beach is very narrow, but lined with trees for shade. The main section has restrooms, picnic tables, and a large grassy area. Better for larger groups such as birthday parties.

Local fisherman often come here to catch octopus, which is always fun to watch. This is a dog friendly beach, but there are restrictions where and how your pooch can meander and animals must be kept on leashes at all times. As with many beaches on this side of the island, be on the lookout for Portuguese Man-O-War.