Malaekahana Beach Campground, Oahu
Editor's Note: After extensive renovations, the Malaekahana Campground is now open again and taking reservations! Call 808-262-3628 to make a reservation. The picture gallery above is outdated. New pictures will be added soon.
The Malaekahana State Recreation Area (Kahuku Section) is located on Oahu's windward coast, between Kahuku and Laie, about 55 yards (50 m) off Kamehameha Highway, directly on the beach (look for the "ENTER" sign along the highway).
The 37-acre campground (see more photos, view panorama) is surrounded by ironwood trees and has picnic tables, restrooms, a food truck, activity rentals and hot outdoor showers. Every campsite also has a fireplace and picnic table.
The campground has 26 campsites for tent camping, 5 vehicle campsites, 40 plantation huts with beds that sleep up to 4 people (bring your own mattress), 4 plantation suites that sleep up to 4 people but are significantly larger than the huts and include a private bathroom and shower and larger accommodations for groups. With the plantation huts and suites, you have the option to add additional tent campers in your area to accommodate groups. If you don't want to bring food, the campground has a new food truck with plate lunches and other island favorites. There are also supermarkets in nearby Kahuku and Laie. It's about a mile to Kahuku and two miles to Laie. If you don't have a car, the campground is accessible by bus (route #55).
Malaekahana Bay is a great spot to go swimming and bodysurfing. The waves aren't as big as on the North Shore, but it can still be a lot of fun. The beach is a bit busy on weekends, but usually calmer during the week, especially further south. But the best area for swimming is the northern part of the bay because the nearshore ocean bottom is sandy here. Further south where the beach homes are, there is a coral reef.
Another fun thing to do there is to visit Mokuauia Island (Goat Island). There are no goats on this tiny island, only nesting seabirds. This seabird sanctuary is situated at the southern end of Malaekahana Bay. During low tide, it is possible to walk there. But if you don't have shoes to wear in the water, it's better to swim, because there is reef and this can be quite sharp. Also, the current can become strong when the tide changes or the surf is high. Most people, who paddle out there, have their bodyboards, surfboards, or small boats with them. The center of the island is off-limites to people because the birds build their nests here.
Most campgrounds on Oahu require permits, which have to be obtained at the State Park Office in advance. But to make a reservation at this campground, all you have to do is either go to their website, malaekahana.net and book online, or call their reservation line at 808-262-3628. It is recommended to make your reservation as early as possible. During peak seasons (June to August and December to January and on long holiday weekends), they are often times booked out. Currently, the fee for a tent campsite is $9.41 + tax per person per night. Kama'aina rates (for Hawaii residents) are available.
Malaekahana Beach Campground Overview
- 26 tent campsites
- 5 vehicle campsites
- 40 plantation huts (sleeps 4 adults)
- 4 plantation suites with private bathroom and shower (sleeps 4 adults)
- Group camping section (Tent Pavilion package - room for 20 campers in 5 huts)*
- Fire pits
- Picnic tables
- Hot outdoor showers
- Coming soon: Equipment rentals (single kayak rentals, double kayak rentals, stand up paddleboard rentals, surfboard rentals, bodyboard rentals and bicycle rentals)
- Coming soon: Activity lessons (surfing lessons, stand up paddleboard lessons, Hawaii sailing canoe tour)
* You also have the option to add additional people as tent campers in your area.
56-335 Kamehameha Highway,
Malaekahana Beach Campground is located between Laie and Kahuku on Oahu's northeastern shore. It's a 35-mile drive from Waikiki. After you pass the town of Laie (driving north), it's about 2-3 more minutes. Look for the white/blue sign that says “Enter.” Follow the driveway to the first building. This is the main office where you check in.
|Reviews and Comments:|
|You can call their number but right bow the campground
is closed anyway until at least January 9th.|
|Kani, Fri Dec 12, 2014|
|If anyone has been here can u PLEASE tell me how to get
|Kanani Guerland, Fri Dec 12, 2014|
|This is one of the best spots on Oahu to go camping.
The beach that fronts the campground is pristine and
has good surfing conditions (when the ocean is calm,
which is usually in the summer). Many of the campsites
are quite big, which is nice if you come with a larger
group. Some of the oceanfront spots can get pretty
|Chris, Fri Feb 10, 2012|
|This was the best vacation ever! I wish the showers
were "hot" not just warm but besides that, it was still
an awesome place to spend a week! Would definitely
|MS, Sat Oct 29, 2011|