Punalu'u Beach Park

Punalu'u Beach Park, Oahu

Punalu'u Beach Park (view panorama) on Oahu's windward coast has a narrow sandy beach. The nearshore ocean bottom is shallow and has a reef, so the swimming conditions are poor. Snorkeling is possible when the ocean is calm.The beach park is a popular fishing location, mainly for he'e (octopus).

On the northern end of the park, Punalu'u Stream flows into the ocean. Large rocks were placed near the water's edge here to prevent beach erosion. Punalu'u means "to dive for coral" in the Hawaiian language. The beach park is located along Kamehameha Highway.

Punalu'u Beach Park Overview

  • 3-acre beach park on Oahu's windward coast (view panorama)
  • Reef offshore makes swimming here difficult
  • Popular fishing location for octopus

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Reviews and Comments:
Nice grove of coconut palms, giving this beach a classic South Pacific look, this is a good place to just get out of the car for a little while and chill since it's right along the road. You can also walk down the beach to the south and find some areas without any people, same is true to the north actually (on the other side of the stream). Keep an eye on your belongings just to be safe.
Eric Rosenfeld, Sun Sep 21, 2014