Paiko Lagoon Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park
Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park is a beautiful neighborhood park next to the peaceful Paiko Lagoon, which is a wildlife sanctuary. Located near Hawaii Kai in south Oahu, the park offers beautiful views and lots of water and land activities.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Since it is a lagoon, the water is very calm and perfect for swimming, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding. You'll often see families with young children here, as the park is located at the back of a neighborhood. Since it is set off of the main road, it is quiet and typically uncrowded. Dogs are welcome here!
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, picnics, snorkeling (if the water is clear)
WARNINGS!: The wildlife sanctuary part of the lagoon is protected, and can't be entered without having a permit.
AMENITIES: Restrooms, shower, parking lot
Just a short drive from Waikiki, the Paiko Lagoon is gorgeous and makes a perfect backdrop for a wedding, portrait, or family day at the park. The Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park is located on the lagoon, with views overlooking the wildlife sanctuary to the right and Koko Head to the left. Although the parking lot tends to fill up on the weekends, there is plenty of parking along the sides of the surrounding neighborhood streets.
Since there aren't really waves here, being that it's a lagoon, it's great for toddlers or young children who are still getting accustomed to the water. The park features a nice sandy beach, fronted by a huge grassy area with a basketball court, picnic tables, and ample space for throwing a football or Frisbee, or setting up a tent for a birthday party or other event. There is quite a bit of tide change here, and at low tide you can walk farther out for a change of view.
Since it is a wildlife sanctuary, fishing is not permitted in the lagoon.
Closest town: Honolulu (Hawaii Kai area)
- From the west/Honolulu: Take the H1 east. It will become Kalanianaole Hwy/HI-72. Turn right onto Bay Street, and follow it to the back of the neighborhood. The park will be on your left.
- From the windward side: take Kalanianaole Hwy/HI-72 down the coast toward Honolulu. Turn left onto Bay Street (just past Hawaii Kai Dr), and follow it to the back of the neighborhood. The park will be on your left.