Ulehawa Beach Park
Away from the main "tourist zones" of Oahu, Ulehawa Beach Park offers a refreshing break from the crowds and chaos of other beaches. The beach features ample space, shade, and a long stretch of white sand, but due to hazardous conditions it is not the best beach for swimming.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Covering 58 acres, Ulehawa Beach Park is a peaceful, picturesque spot for fishing, relaxing in the sun, or having a family picnic. The park is conveniently located right off the highway leading up the west coast.
ACTIVITIES: Because of the less than ideal conditions for swimming, the main activities you'll see on this beach are fishing, throwing a ball or Frisbee in the park, or relaxing in the sun.
WARNINGS!: The rocky reef shelf that lines most of the beach makes for hazardous swimming conditions. The current can be very strong, particularly during high surf. If fishing, don't wade too far into the water to avoid being caught up in the current. Make sure to lock your vehicle and don't leave any valuables in sight, as break-ins are common on the west side.
AMENITIES: Restrooms (not the best), showers, ample parking
The beach here is long and narrow, with rocks lining the shore in most spots. At the south end of the beach, there is a small area with sandy (rather than reef) bottom. This is the best part of the beach for swimming, and there is also a lifeguard in this area.
Fishing is a popular activity at this beach, however if there are tourists out fishing you'll more than likely see one venture too far out and get knocked over by a wave, and then cut on the reef. Be aware of this if you choose to wade into the water! The currents can be very strong, and the rocks lining the shore are slippery.
Closest town: Waianae
- 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. Ulehawa Beach Park is right off of Farrington Hwy, on the left, north of Kapolei and just after the large power plant, which you'll see on the right.
- From the west: Ulehawa Beach Park is located south of Waianae. Follow Farrington Hwy toward Honolulu, and the park will be on your right just past Maili Beach Park and before the large power plant, which will be ahead on the left.