Surrounded on three sides by the majestic Ko'olau Mountains, Kahana Bay (see more photos, view panorama) is one of the best-kept secrets of windward Oahu. The crescent shore is set against a beautiful backdrop of ironwood trees and the steep and lush Ko'olau Mountain Range. The sandy beach is a great spot for sunbathing, and the ironwood trees provide plenty of shade for a picnic. On the south end of the bay where Kahana Stream enters the ocean is an ancient Hawaiian fishpond called Huilua.
The waters are generally calm, but few people go swimming here because the water is murky from the runoff of Kahana Stream and the nearshore ocean bottom is rocky. Local residents like to camp here during weekends, so this is when the beach can get busy. A camping permit is required. For more info on how to get a permit, see here.
Kahana Bay Beach Park Overview
Located on Oahu's windward coast
Scenic views of the Ko'olau Mountains
Huilua fishpond located in the bay
Good beach to have a barbecue, plenty of shade and picnic areas
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Reviews and Comments:
Very scenic views when the rains aren't clouding
them; water is warm and chest-level out to about 400
meters from shore, the mountains surround the bay and
the parasailers make their landings on the beachfront
near the mouth of Kahana Stream. The terminus of the
stream is swimmable, the water is cold and
clear(spring-fed), but there are dozens of local kids
diving from the heavily trafficked bridge that passes
10-12' overhead. Grounds are fairly well
maintained, but facilities are cleaned once or twice
weekly; so, by Saturday afternoon, the Port-o-potty
isn't fit for man nor beast! All in all a nice
park, but book early and guard your site
carefully...lots of car, foot(loud music) and animal
traffic day and night!
E.H.Dixon, Sun Sep 23, 2012
One of the most scenic locations on the island!
Swimming isn't really possible here, but the views are