Haleiwa Alii Beach Park
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
This is confusing – HALEIWA actually has THREE BEACH PARKS – from the north: HALEIWA BEACH PARK about 700m before you cross the ANAHULA BRIDGE coming into town – then HALEIWA ALI’I BEACH PARK on the town side of the bridge just south of the neat small boat harbor and on the north end of town beach – finally KAIAKA BAY BEACH PARK about 1km south at the southern end of the town beach.
Unfortunately this website’s map has labelled the latter as the ALI’I park – hopefully it will be corrected by the time you read this report. No matter really, all are nice locations with good facilities and nice sections of beach. If size is important, they get bigger going south. However I think ALI’I’ has an advantage in being close to main street. The gang might want a diversion after the picnic and beach.

SIZE AND FACILITIES
The flat grassed area is about 800m north to south, 200m at its widest, 100m at its narrowest.
There is an amenities block at the northern end of the park – close by is a reasonably big PARKING LOT: turn off HALEIWA RD soon after turning right at its intersection with the KAM HWY just south of the bridge. The nearby boat harbor also has plenty of parking, When I strolled by on a real nice weekend a lot of native Hawaiian families had set up big sun shelters for picnic tables etc: quite a few people had actually parked on the adjacent grass, more roadside.

THERE ARE TWO BEACHES – starting just south of the boat harbor entrance is SPOT X BCH (I don’t know its proper name) which is fairly short at maybe 250m – then after a small low mini-mini headland is the TOWN BEACH proper – longer at a curving 1000m (it continues south of the park behind HALEIWA residential areas). I thought SPOT X the nicer – the sand seemed to be whiter and It was backed by those iconic swaying palms.
Both were protected from big ocean swell by a series of offshore reefs so that waves getting thru to the sand were mainly ankle/shin slappers. However in my 3 days in the area (I stayed in a room at the far end of TOWN BEACH) I saw SURFERS catching quite good waves on the outer reefs. Bit of a paddle for the unfit. Ain’t too many unfit surfers.
I didn’t SNORKEL up near the park, but found central and southern sections of the beach had sand affected coral close to shore, getting better further out. Lotsa fishies in all areas.
For the nervous, there are LIFEGUARD TOWERS on both beaches.

EXCURSION INTO TOWN.
The main street starts at that junction of the KAM HWY and HALEIWA RD less than 400m north of the park. It runs down the HWY for over a km to the romantically named WEED CIRCLE – a big roundabout junction of incoming roads. Businesses tend to be clumped in several discontinuous sections along here – the northern section closest the park has no shortage of interesting joints.
HALEIWA is an old surfer town which has been prettied up in recent years. However it is not like similar places back on the mainland and in my own country, in which renovations have been overdone and businesses are orientated towards RICH POSEURS who want to pay outrageous prices in too many coffee shops, art galleries, clothing boutiques and trinket joints selling overpriced junk made in Taiwan. HALEIWA is still orientated towards the surfer crowd and to offering eats and snacks to visitors and locals alike.
CAVEAT – this place is so popular that traffic can get pretty bad on nice weekend afternoons.
When you hit the main drag from the park you will run into a section of surf shops, bikini boutiques and food joints. The iconic MATSUMOTO’S SHAVE ICE is on the right abt 150m from the corner. This place is supposed to have the best shaved ice in all HAWAII – let alone OAHU or HALEIWA. I didn’t have the time to do a comparison but it sure was yummy and reasonably priced.
Closer to the corner is TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS – yep they were big and real nice, not outrageous in price to this budget traveler. Even better is their HAPPY HOUR BEERS (my kinda hour from 1400 to 1630) at $2 in a sports bar like setting. Seemed popular with locals – can’t think why.
If you accommodation hasn’t got a nearby supermarket (note the WAIKIKI HOTEL AREA doesn’t, although there are seemingly dozens of those smaller ABC variety stores), HALEIWA MAIN ST has the mid sized MALAMA MARKET on the left about 350m on from MATSUMOTO’S.

GETTING THERE
Most tourists will come from WAIKIKI. Oahu’s rabid anti-development “KEEP THE COUNTRY COUNTRY” ethos means there are few hotels, resorts or even motels outside the near-WAIKIKI area. Best bet from WAIKIKI is to get to nearby ALA MOANA BUS INTERCHANGE** on any number of buses and then jump on BUS 55 which goes the long but scenic way around the top of the island to terminate in HALEIWA, or BUS 52 which comes across the island’s middle. By using one of the two transfer stubs on your ticket you can make the whole journey for $2.50 either route. Both buses stop near the north end of the park.
On its trip down from the north point of the island bus 55 goes past the 3 iconic NORTH SHORE BIG WAVE SPOTS – SUNSET BAY, the BANZAI PIPELINE and WAIMEA BAY. The BIG 3 beaches are close together (3.2miles/5.2km by road).
Just north of WAIMEA is top fossicking/snorkeling/diving location SHARK’S BAY and a few kms south is LANIAKEA BEACH, best known for turtle watching – traffic slows here as people try to spot the critters from cars – I saw one from the bus. Sit on the right hand side for best views here abd around the island.
But MUM and queen bee daughter KAAAY LA (don’t these millennium names kill you?) will want to rent the so cool canary yellow Camaro convertible for the trip from WAIKIKI (how sweet will that look on FACEBOOK?) – okay it will take 35 mins to an just under an hour depending on traffic, but be aware if the day is real nice the run along the NORTH SHORE and around HALEIWA can be real slow. If the surf is HUGE (you are just coming for a look right?) traffic and parking can be HORRENDOUS.
**btw ALA MOANA BUS INTERCHANGE has an associated giant shopping mall including a big supermarket. This may answer your shopping needs on the way home. The complex also has a big parking area for people with cars.

MAKE A DAY TRIP OF IT.
You could easily spend a day at the park, beach and main street but after 4 hours or so the gang might be raring to see something else in the area. There is no shortage of good options, kemosabes,
HEADING NORTH:
-LANIAKEA BAY (aka TURTLE BEACH) is 4 km north of HALEIWA. The possibility of spotting a turtle is quite good (although I saw them and a seal basking on HALEIWA town beach).
-WAIMEA BAY BEACH is the BEST on OAHU in my opinion FOR FAMILIES WITH TEENAGED KIDS on account of the fabulous JUMP ROCK there, plus the fun shore-break when the swell isn’t too big. But DON’T GO THERE when the surf reports say the swell is 4 ft or more.
- Spend some time at SHARK'S COVE rock pool which is only 2km north of Waimea. As a matter of fact if you have sub-teens in your posse this may be a better overall destination than WAIMEA or HALEIWA – a nice tidal pool to explore and older kids can swim and snorkel in the deeper water towards the cove proper. Coral and fish good.,If any of the family is a qualified diver, the cove is rated one of the top dozen dive sites in the world. Good grief – THE WORLD baby, not just OAHU or HAWAII!! A fairly big FOODLANDS supermarket across the road.
- Also across the road is a very popular FOOD TRUCK PARK.
- If any of the family is a surfer they would enjoy a wave at the other big wave spots, PIPELINE and SUNSET BAY. But unless experience big wave riders, stay away when the swell gets big.
HEADING SOUTH.
The coast south of HALEIWA is more or less one stretch of sand to the end of the FARRINGTON HWY 18km away.
- If you feel like a trek there is a 4km track along the coast south of the hwy’s end to KAENA POINT, the western-most tip of OAHU.
- If you are into ISOLATED, PRISTINE SECTIONS OF SAND with azure water, okay snorkeling and the high possibility of basking turtles and seals, there are many places you can pull over between DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD (14km from HALEIWA) and the end of the hwy.
- If you are a naturist, NTH POLO/MOKULEIA BCH (known by the locals as NUDIE BEACH) is 10km south – looked for the parked cars on the hwy opposite the public access track to the beach.
- I took a closed access road a little north of NUDIE’S access track which goes to the top of the WAIANAE RANGE from where a proper bush track, the KUOAKALA TRAIL took me along the ridge top and doubled back to where I could descend to DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD. Great views of the lower NORTH SHORE and upper LEEWARD (DRY) COAST. But this is a major activity – 5 to 6 hours – you would need to leave ALI’I BEACH PARK REAL EARLY to fit it into the day. Not suited to little kids.
CAVEAT – you really need a car for these destinations. BUS 76 heads south from HALEIWA but terminates about 50 minute’ walk north of NUDIE.
TO THE EAST
-Going back across the island the kids might enjoy touristy DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION store/restaurant/train tour - particularly if they catch the store's pineapple peeling demo after which there are free samples of yummy pineapple.

Have a great visit trendsetters.
Written May 2, 2016
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K2Y2
Calgary, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We drove up here 3 times to watch the surfers. Lucked out on Monday as several of the Pros competing in the Hawaiian PRO (starts Friday) were out! Brought our snorkel gear but a local suggested we didn’t as the water in the next bay was quite murky and had a lot of debris washed down from the rivers. We decided to watch the surfers instead!
Got to the parking lot early (8:30am) and people we’re starting to park along the street. It will be busy with the Hawaiian Pro on but well worth the drive!
Written November 13, 2019
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SavanePat
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
lot of parking, quiet beach.you can see big wave and surfer, turtle on the beach. constant sea breeze to keep you cool from hot sun. you can enjoy the famous shave ice on the beach.
Written April 18, 2018
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Huzzy
Red Deer, Canada36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
This was a nice beach to visit for a few hour stop. Good snorkeling small waves to boogie board not crowded at all the midweek day we went
Written March 26, 2018
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Mike P
Anchorage, AK1,660 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
This is a large grassy area on the edge of "downtown" Haleiwa. It is popular picnic spot, especially on weekends. There are restrooms, limited picnic tables and not a lot of shade.
Written March 6, 2018
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peggyf944
Sierra Vista50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
This was one of many beaches we visited on our 10 day visit. It was absolutely beautiful! The beach was easy to access, had adequate parking and very clean! There were showers to rinse afterwards and the restrooms were clean.
Written December 5, 2017
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Sharks come closer to shore to feed for the night. So before the sharks arrive, the ancient sea turtles crawl onto the beach, thumbing their noses at the sharks. What do they do on the beach? Nothing in particular. Lie motionless, sleep unmolested, that's about it. Meanwhile out in the water young Polynesians with plastic buckets and slender fish spears industriously try to spear themselves poke fixings for their evening meal as their ancestors did centuries ago. I'm still on Oahu, but as far from Waikiki luxury hotels, military bases and Honolulu traffic jams as I can get. Sun's going down in paradise, and probably on paradise. When these children have children, will this secluded beach still be theirs, or will it just be condos and resorts and no place to park? Well, you can always pray, so the Polynesians stack a few stones on the edge of the sea and hope that Pele hears them. (See Beach Prayer, Shore Spearing, Three Turtles, and Turtle Closeup photos).

Note: The beach has restroom facilities and you can shower after a swim. Don’t expect spectacular topography a la Manapu’u Beach. It’s a locals beach, so you’ll see considerably more native Hawaiians and Asian-Americans than you would at the luxury resorts elsewhere on the island. Two cautions: (1) don’t molest the turtles—give them their space (the “close-up” photo I took was done via zooming in); (2) be respectful of traditional Hawai’ian religious practices: let those stacks of stones be. Misbehavior on either issue could get you into hot water. And one tip: The problem with getting here to see the turtles from Honolulu is that the best time to see them—dusk—almost guarantees you a drive in miserable afternoon rush-hour traffic most of the way. If you also want to go swimming at Ali’i Beach, that compounds the problem, since sometimes swimming is prohibited due to high surf or dangerous rip currents. Various public safety websites provide current conditions on Ali’i Beach Park and current traffic conditions heading north out of Honolulu. So, if you’re in Waikiki and want to go swimming at Ali’i Beach before seeing the turtles, I’d recommend checking both the beach and the traffic conditions before deciding whether the destination is worth the hassle of getting here.
Written February 2, 2017
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klenglish
San Francisco, CA23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
We wanted to see turtles and had heard of the more popular beaches to do so, but didn't want to watch fight our way through tour buses to see them. We took a risk and tried this place and it paid off.

When we arrived we thought "this can't be where the turtles are". It was a normal beach with people sunbathing on it - seemed pretty ordinary. We asked the lifeguard where the turtles were and he pointed toward a small stretch of beach and we headed that way. Low and behold, there were several there. AMAZING! The things are huge. They swam in the water, came up onto the beach and were just a few feet from us. And the best part...nobody was there! We had these turtles all to ourselves.

This beach is just a 3 minute drive from the cute town of Haleiwa so do yourself a favor and stop by for a few minutes if you stop in Haleiwa. You'll be glad you did.
Written August 10, 2016
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kitkat242
Saint Louis, MO115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
This is a great beach during the day or at dusk for the sunset. There is a long coastline and nice wash off/bathroom facilities. There is plenty of parking space, AND it is close to lots of shops/restaurants in Haleiwa. Best of all, there are TONS of sea turtles hanging out on the beach. I've been there a few times and have seen at least five each time up close. Just be careful on the sand, as there are a number of rocks/shell fragments.
Written July 22, 2015
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Leslie M
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Saw turtles!! Found parking near a field and walked to a spot where other families had gathered in the shade under some trees.
Written August 28, 2019
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