Alan Davis Beach

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Address Kaiwi Shoreline Trail, Honolulu, HI 96825
Remote, secluded beach on Oahu's southeast tip.

• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty

Alan Davis Beach is an interesting place because it's located in Honolulu but still feels like you're light years away from everything. During the week when it's not used all that much, it feels like a genuine hidden and secluded beach.

On the weekends it will certainly have some people using it. It used to be a popular spot with the local kids because it had a utility / telephone pole lying on its side. The pole hung off the edge of the cliff a bit and daredevils would jump off the end into the ocean below.

The pole was removed a while back. Some blamed the state parks for this but they didn't take credit (blame?) for the removal. After that some planks appeared in place of the pole but those too have been removed. Whether there are or aren't any jumping platforms when you visit, we suggest skipping the jump. A broken neck is no way to start or end your Hawaiian vacation.

So how do you get here? You'll find it next to Pele's Chair which is about half way along the Kaiwi Shoreline Trail which is an easy hike for most but we're still talking about a walk of over a mile. Park in the lot for the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail and veer right onto the Kaiwi Shoreline Trail right at the beginning of the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail.

There are no facilities out here either so plan well and improvise as needed. On that note, there are no lifeguards either and you're a long way from help. Swim at your own risk.

As for the Alan Davis name? Apparently, a guy named Alan Davis used to own a lot of land in this area. When you own a lot of land in a place where there (back then) not a zillion people, apparently you get to name your own beach or have one named after you. Pretty sweet deal.