Nanakuli Beach Park
If you're looking to get away from the city and experience a beach that is a bit more "rural Hawaii," Nanakuli Beach Park is a must-see. On any given day of the week you'll find that the majority of beachgoers here are locals and with plenty of parking, huge grassy park areas, and a long, wide stretch of beach, it rarely feels over-crowded.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Nanakuli Beach Park stretches across 40 acres and features several parking lots, picnic areas, a playground, plenty of grassy space for ball games, campsites, and the rambling, wild beauty of Oahu's leeward coast.
ACTIVITIES: Camping, cliff jumping, swimming, body boarding, snorkeling
WARNINGS!: During the winter months, swimming is not recommended due to the high surf and strong currents. There are strong currents and a heavy shorebreak year round, so use caution when swimming even in the summer. Lock your vehicle and don't leave any valuables in sight. Take plenty of sunscreen, as there is not much shade on this beach.
AMENITIES: Restrooms, showers, campsites, several paved parking lots.
Whether you're stopping by Nanakuli Beach Park for a few hours or plan on booking a campsite for a few days, you are sure to love this scenic, peaceful slice of paradise. The west side is hot and dry, so be sure to hydrate and pack plenty of sunscreen. The beach park is very spacious, and there are a few parking lots so you can drive through and choose what section of the park you want to park closest to (ie the campsites, playground, etc).
You'll probably see local kids cliff jumping from the rocks at either end of the park, although there are signs warning against diving. If you're feeling adventurous, just use caution and be sure to check the depth of the water before jumping, as it can fluctuate some depending on the tide.
The currents are strong, and swimming here can be dangerous. If you are in doubt, check in with the lifeguards to see what the current conditions are.
Closest town: Nanakuli
- Nanakuli Beach Park is located right off of Farrington Hwy in-between Waianae and Kapolei.
- From Honolulu: Take the H1 W. Keep left to take H201 W/HI-78 W (exit 19B) toward Fort Shafter/Aiea. Merge onto H1 W toward Pearl City. H1 W will become HI-93/Farrington Hwy. Nanakuli Beach Park is right off of Farrington Hwy and Nanakuli Ave
- From the west: Nanakuli Beach Park is located south of Waianae. Follow Farrington Hwy toward Honolulu, and the park will be on your right at the intersection of Farrington Hwy and Nanakuli Ave.