Kailua Beach Park
Kailua Beach Park
The town of Kailua is a charming oceanfront community on Oahu's Windward side. At the heart of this community is Kailua Bay, and all the activities that beach and ocean living can provide. Kailua Beach Park is a multi-use family-friendly beach haven that is the perfect launching point for a day of beach adventuring or just lounging in steady on-shore breezes. With plenty of tree shade, multi-use pavilions, a bike path, canoe club, and grassy parklands stretching through 35 acres, this is the base camp for this ocean-loving community. Kailua Beach Park starts a 2.5 mile stretch of white sandy beach lining the edge of Kailua Bay. As you walk northwestward up the beach towards Kaneohe, you will be rewarded with great panoramic views.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Beautifully scenic, with soft white sand and aqua blue water. Full array of amenities and plenty of parking and shade. Close to Kailua for shopping, refreshments, or equipment rentals.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, long beach walks, picnics, windsurfing, outrigger canoeing and kayaking.
LIFEGUARD: YES. 2 towers staffed 9 am to 5 pm daily, and buoys marking protected swimming areas.
WARNINGS!: Near-shore waters are safe, shallow and protected by the reef. However, conditions change off-shore as does the amount of boat traffic. Proceed with caution if outside the swimming buoys.
AMENITIES: 3 parking areas, restrooms, showers, picnic pavilions, bike path, boat ramp, pay phones, convenient to town for food and shopping.
For guests of the Kailua area, this park is your "go-to beach" for best amenities and lifeguards. If driving in from elsewhere, come early and be prepared to spend the day, as there are several beaches in the area to explore, and nearby shopping and food options are abundant.
Though the park and beach is popular with the residents of Kailua, especially on the weekends, it, the crowds rotate steadily so the atmosphere stays relaxed At sunrise there are many beach walkers and joggers, whereas later morning is the more popular time for water sports. Families usually come out in the early afternoons or weekend in the mid-mornings. The beach is long and it is easy to walk a short distance to claim your own quiet space on the sand.
The views are stunning with cerulean-blue ocean as far as the eye can see, enhanced by several small islands off-shore that act as bird sanctuaries. Close to shore the shallow ocean is buffered from the surf by the outer reefs, making it safe for children and families. On-shore ocean breezes cool off this east-facing beach all day long, and park trees back up onto the beach to provide some afternoon shade.
There are several nearby kayak rental companies that rent kayaks with wheeled carts to roll them down to the beach. This activity is best on light-wind days or in the mornings before trade winds pick up.
Launch area is by the east end boat ramp and has its own parking. Buoys separate the open ocean windsurfing area from the near-shore designated swim area. Steady wind at this location makes this spot a popular Oahu windsurfing destination.
Beach bike path: A five-mile-long regional bike path stretches through the park, and onward to Lanikai to the east, and downtown Kailua to the west.
It can get busy here on the weekends, so you may want to try nearby Lanikai Beach or Kalama Beach Park if the park is too crowded. Choose weekdays for your visit to avoid crowds.
Ocean safety link for Kailua beach:
Closest town: Kailua
Take Highway 61 North/ Pali Highway to Kailua. Continue on Kailua Road into town following the road as it bends into a shopping district followed by a park on the left. The road narrows and comes to a traffic light. Make a left onto Kailua Road. Take this extension of Kailua Road for half a mile until you can bear right onto Kalaheo Road. Kailua Beach Park is on your left. There are two main parking lots on your left. One before the bridge and one after (which can be full of canoe club members during the weekends). Cross the bridge over the canal and follow Kalaheo Road as it bends to become Kawailoa Road. A third parking area is reached by taking a left at the 4-way stop onto Mokulua Road. Look for parking lot on your left before the bend in the road.