Keawa'ula Beach (Yokohama Beach)

4.5 stars from 8 reviews
Address Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792
Huge beach, tons of sand, rarely used on weekdays. In winter, waves may try to kill you.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area
• Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: No Dogs Allowed
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Bodysurfing • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming
• Good For: Turtle Sightings • Good For: Whale Sightings
• Surfing Level: Advanced • Surfing Level: Intermediate

Matt Anderson's Take
Keawa'ula Beach is known locally as Yokohama, or even just Yokes. You will find this beach in Waianae on the island of O'ahu and you get here by taking the Farrington Highway (west side of Oahu) as far north as it will go. When the road ends you are at Yokohama Beach as well as Ka'ena point (in Ka'ena State Park) which is the westernmost tip of Oahu. This is also home to the Ka'ena Point Trail - West Shore that leads to the Ka'ena Point Bird Sanctuary and the Kaena Point Cave & Pillbox Hike.


If the road would keep going then you'd end up on the north shore (west side of it anyhow) but the road does not go around the tip of the island. If you're planning on hiking the Ka'ena Point Trail - West Shore to the Ka'ena Point Bird Sanctuary, then parking at the very end of the road is where you'll start. Otherwise, you'll park in the lot near the showers and restrooms.


Although it can get busy on weekends, this place is usually slow during weekdays as it's mostly visited by locals and they're probably working during the week (and it's a bit of a drive to get here). This is a beautiful beach and can often have some crazy-high waves (especially in the winter months) and if that's the case you shouldn't go near the water unless you know what you are doing. See those locals riding the waves and crashing surf like it's nothing, that's because they know what they're doing and you may not!


If the waves are calm then this can be a good spot to bob around in the waves, break out the boogie board, do a little snorkeling, or maybe some shell collecting. This can be a great place to spot whales during the whale season (Dec - May) as well. There is a lifeguard here so check with them before entering the water, this beach can be dangerous. For facilities, there is a bathroom and shower but no shade at all. There is plenty of parking in the lot and on the main road here. If the wind is really blowing this may not be a great option as the winds tend to come down the mountain with great speed and make a sand storm on the beach.


We tell a lot of people about this place and they always end up loving it because it's a great place to hang out, play in the sand, watch the waves (especially if they are pounding), and just relax due to it's spectacular ocean views and mountain backdrop.


Most didn't know it was here and those that did avoided it due to the shady reputation that the Waianae coast tends to get. If you are avoiding Waianae due to some sort of fear of the locals (or whatever) then you are missing out and have some really bad and really outdated information. In fact, we've been saying that Waianae is home to some of the friendliest people on the entire island and we've never had any issues out here. It's always quite the opposite with super friendly locals who are just hanging out and having a good time. Be nice to others and they'll be nice to you.
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Lynn F
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 10
Likes Received: 3
This is, at least to me, the most beautiful beach in Hawaii. I am very hesitant to even tell anyone where it is because it is so perfect and so unspoiled. There is something truly spiritual about this beach. When you come here you can't help but feel immediately relaxed and part of the natural beauty. The water is spectacularly clean and refreshing.

Be careful though, the waves can get very high and they are what I call "sneaky waves" in that you can get to the beach and it will be totally flat, wait a few minutes and a 10 foot set is rolling in. The waves here do come in sets that are a few minutes apart so it is a very good idea to sit and watch for at least 15 minutes before deciding to go in or not.

During the winter months you can see whales, and throughout the year, if you are observant enough, you will see dolphins, turtles, and an occasional monk seal. A lot of local folks go out spear fishing and catch numerous types of fish and octopus. The views of the surrounding mountains are absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. Please respect this beach and keep it clean.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 780
Likes Received: 105
One of my favorite Oahu beaches. Though it does get used a lot by locals on the weekends, it's such a huge beach that there is plenty of room for everyone. During the week it's often almost completely empty. The views are unbeatable here.
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brandy s
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 47
Likes Received: 0
Truly one of the last secluded beaches on Oahu. You can have white sand all to yourself. Consistent waves crashing on the shore make you want to relax and listen to the sound of the ocean. A majestic place to watch the sunset. One of the best kept secrets on Oahu!
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
Keawa'ula beach just beautiful nice sand great ocean beautiful water. Not too many people and just nice to sit and watch the beautiful waves. Beautiful away from the crowds head down and take a look. Awesome photo opportunities too.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 578
Likes Received: 33
This beach is nearly perfect. It's one of the most secluded, local, and beautiful beaches on Oahu. It's located on the Leeward (West) side, where not many tourists visit. Back in the old days, this Yokohama Beach was seldom visited by residents from outside the area. Locals from Makaha and nearby Waianae have been known to be quite protective of the area and their beaches. More than a few soda pop cans full of sand have been thrown at "haoles" visiting the beach. However, it's mellowed out a bit, and as long as visitors are respectful of the beaches and the people, there shouldn't be any problems.

Yokohama or "Yokes" has 3 different breaks for body boarding and surfing. The beach itself is long with good sized surf when the swell is up. It's a steep shore break, similar to Sandy Beach, and folks need to be mindful playing here in the pounding surf. There are restrooms, and plenty of parking and visitors should not leave valuables in the car. I also don't recommend non-locals to hang out past sunset when the partying and drinking from locals can get rowdy.

In summary, a beautiful, but very local beach that's good for surfing, body surfing, and body boarding.
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Alexandria Z
Joined: Jun 2015
Reviews: 10
Likes Received: 2
This is by far one of the best beaches on Oahu. Beautiful water and awesome waves. The beach is very expansive with beautiful sand and a nice slant for sitting and watching the waves or surfers. Highly recommend for all ages.
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Mark A
Joined: Mar 2014
Reviews: 15
Likes Received: 3
Want to stray a little and land at an uncrowded white sand beach, backed by mountains, with the usual crystal blue water? Then go to Yokohama Beach on a weekday while the local kids are in school. Upon my first visit, instead of scowls from territorial locals, I was invited into a football toss, and offered some homemade BBQ. Several hours were passed taking in the warm offshore breeze, a fine display of local boogie boarding skills, and the beautiful Waianae mountains that are a stone's throw from the beach. Even the ride out was worthy, capped by a bona-fide double rainbow, and a stop at Makaha to watch some locals do their thing at a world renowned surf spot. Good times.
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Antun
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 2
This is a 5-star beach for sure, love the pounding winter surf here.
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