Nature & parks in Waianae

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Nature & Parks in Waianae

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  • Sean C
    Haleiwa, HI1,357 contributions
    You need to be a HI resident and obtain permit to be able to access this park. Great area for 4X4 access, hikes, and private secluded beaches. You can see whales breaching (in season), sea turtles, dolphins, and plenty of seabirds. Great place to hit the beaches for the day without anyone around you.
    Written 9 January 2023
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  • LJT
    Winnipeg, Canada86 contributions
    Stopped here after doing a hike in the area. Lots of beaches along this stretch of the highway, but this one was large and not very busy - just a handful of people/groups spread out down the long sandy beach, most either surfing or watching the surfers. Water was a bit choppy, but in spots was calm enough to swim. Very relaxed vibe here, more locals than we saw other places.
    Written 13 March 2022
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  • HeidiGraves
    Camden, SC41 contributions
    This hike will take your breath away! It is a brisk walk (I wore flip flops) Make sure to bring extra water and were a hat! This was a highlight of our trip!
    Written 10 May 2019
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  • CarmenV3
    Fall City, WA1,258 contributions
    The hike is relatively short and the views are amazing but this is not a “walk in the park” The first 1/2 mile of the trail is a climb over loose gravel, uneven ground and some large boulders. The remaining trail is series of switchbacks of narrow path and more loose rocks. The views from the pillboxes are amazing. Get inside to get some relief from the sun and wind. Before attempting to climb here, please wear appropriate athletic shoes.
    Written 29 June 2021
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  • Gerry N
    Austin, Texas, United States12 contributions
    Our first time there and it was a pleasant experience. The history behind Ku’ilioloa Heiau was explained and the maintenance crew is all voluntary.

    We’ve lived on Oahu and return often but this was the first time we’ve seen the Hawaiian Monk Seal.

    Don’t miss the newly opened Pokai Bay Restaurant across the road. Their Homemade Ice Cream is the best.
    Written 28 February 2022
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  • CarmenV3
    Fall City, WA1,258 contributions
    This beach is best enjoyed early in the morning and on weekdays. This is very popular with the locals so if you’re looking for a nice stroll on the beach, best to avoid the crowded times.
    We walked the length of this beach, both directions several times during our vacation to the island. I love the views and the sandy shores.
    Written 29 June 2021
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  • Brendee23
    Bendemeer, Australia142 contributions
    Stunning adjacent beach framed by the range. A short wander on the rock ledge (left). Near private property so be considerate. Plan for low tide as the entrance is a scramble and would be easy to get stuck.
    Written 25 January 2023
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  • BobandDenise1979
    Watsonville, CA155 contributions
    This is a local favorite. Smelly restrooms are the norm on this side of the island, but the swimming here is very safe and fun. I saw a few turtles not far from the shore. People climb down into a cave and take their phones for photos down there. Brave folks will jump into the surf from one particular hole, but I'd be careful with that and ask a local for tips. Even the guys I saw diving had scrapes and bandaged legs!
    Written 29 October 2018
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  • Studyhardallday
    Waianae, HI95 contributions
    I hiked here this morning great hike amazing exercise. Lots of people hiking. It will be a beautiful day if you take this hike.
    Written 14 November 2019
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  • Chrisinkingwood2
    Houston, TX5,671 contributions
    The west shore offer some really nice beaches that are less frequented but might not have restrooms or showers. This beach is pretty with white sand but there are rocks so step carefully. The surf was nice the day we went but could be bad if the winds are stronger. Also as always on the west side never leave valuables in your car or on the beach, crime is always worse on this side of the island.
    Written 19 June 2018
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  • Erik B
    Powell River, Canada203 contributions
    Went to Aki's Beach which was near by our Air BNB and was welcomed by some very large piles of dog excrement and garbage down the path. The surf was high so the kids didnt get to see any of the turtles or go swimming but I could see that it might be beautiful at times. May try to go again when the surf isnt pounding and try and see some turtles
    Written 15 February 2019
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  • MLol
    Greenwood, IN32 contributions
    Great beach to visit. Smooth sand, kayakers and paddleboarders were also using the water. If you swim further out, there are beautiful areas to snorkel and see fish, turtles, and coral reefs.
    Written 21 June 2019
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  • travelmeisteren
    Honolulu, HI3,250 contributions
    5 stars for the beauty on the first half. 1 star for the terrible trail markings (lack thereof).

    We got the required permit to access the site through DLNR (simple enough) and breezed right through the gate. Parked the car and began hiking at 0930. Finished what was supposed to be 5-6 miles at 1530. Missed a turn where the only sign read "4WD". Prior to that we'd seen one or two signs that clearly Id'ed the Kuaokala trail. But not nearly enough even with the TWO sets of trail guides we brought with us.

    So, here's the deal. The first 1/3 to 1/2 of the trail is absolutely gorgeous with views of Yokohama and Makua Beaches, North Shore, and the beautiful Makua Valley. We should have, and will next time, quit and returned after getting to the first gate where you've got beautiful views of Makua Valley. After this point the trail doesn't offer any sights worth continuing. But it does offer you the chance to get lost! And hot as heck. So we did complete the trail after walking for 6 hours in the heat and ran out of water (only brought 1/2 liter each). It was very difficult to complete without signage, water, or cell signal! Trust me, just turn around at the first gate as you'll get to see everything worth seeing by that point.
    Written 22 July 2015
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