This beautiful beach is located along the northeastern shore of Oahu in Laie. Featuring soft sand, turquoise water, ample shade, and a grassy park, it has something for everyone and is the perfect destination for a day at the beach. It also makes a great picnic stop en route to the North Shore.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Set in an idyllic tropical setting, Hukilau Beach is peaceful and typically not too crowded. It's a popular family beach as the waves are calm in the summer, making for a good swimming environment. The clear water also makes it a good spot for snorkeling.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, snorkeling, bodyboarding, picnics, sunning, surfing, fishing
WARNINGS!: The currents can be strong, particularly during the winter. The parking lot is closed on Sundays.
AMENITIES: Parking, shower, picnic tables
"Hukilau" is an old Hawaiian way of fishing. It means "pull a lau (a lau is a rope with leaves attached to it) and is done by a group of people. Following a hukilau fundraiser held in 1947 by members of the local Church of the Latter-Day Saints after their chapel burned down, the popular event became a tradition on this beach to bring more tourists to the town. The hukilau fishing event no longer takes place but the name remains.
Laie is largely a Church of the Latter-Day Saints community and the Hukilau Beach parking lot is closed on Sundays, along with most other things in the town. However, you can park elsewhere and still walk on to the beach.
Just as it was years ago, fishing is still a popular activity herealthough now in a more modern way!
If you're a '50 First Dates' fan the Hukilau Caf that played such a big part in the movie is located just around the corner from the beach park and has awesome (and affordable!) food. Although the film used the name of the place more than the actual location, it is still a fun little local spot to stop in and see.
Closest town: Laie
Directions: 55-692 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie HI 96762
- Hukilau Beach Park is located in Laie, along the Kamehameha Highway. Heading north, it will be on the right just before the Malaekahana State Recreation Area.