Kailua Beach Park
Kailua Beach Park
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Located on the southeast end of Kailua Beach, this pristine shoreline on Oahu's Windward side is popular for water sports and scenic strolls.
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  • Zoom_Gotti
    Henderson, Nevada1,559 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Beach Experience On East Coast
    Really nice stretch of beach along Oahu's east side. But this is not a quiet, secluded spot. There're actually three parking lots that pretty much stay on full during peak day times. But locals and visitors alike enjoy it here because of the many recreational opportunities. Swim, surf, kayak, boogie, etc. Restroom facilities, picnic shelters, a small market and a steak house are nearby. If you do kayak, note the Mokulua Islands out at sea about 2 miles. They currently serve as bird sanctuaries and a paddle out is well worth it. Otherwise, if you're on foot, follow the beach south to the boat ramp parking and continue walking on Mokulua Drive a bit. At your first sight of beach through the private residences, take the alley and make your way to Lanakai Beach. No facilities here and no parking, but a truly spectacular spot. If there's road construction going on, access to the beachfront might be a little difficult. So follow the locals along Kalaheo and Lihiwai Roads into Mokulua. If you don't have your own vehicle, the efficient island bus system will get you here though you'll need to walk a bit. Take Kamahele street through to the beach or opt on the way for the Pillbox trail.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Don K
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach!
    One of the best beaches that I have ever been to. If you are looking to get away from Waikiki crowd, go here. Very nice sandy beach, not crowded, crystal clear water. Kailua town itself is very interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • markbkeller
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite Beach in the World
    This beach was so nice we went twice. We are seniors so this was perfect. Totally beautiful, ample parking, bathroom, clear calm water, some trees, perfect sand which does not stick, calm breeze.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Emma W
    Auckland, New Zealand739 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach but poor facilities
    We chose Kailua Beach over Lanikai Beach, as we heard it can be impossible to get parking there. It was a bit difficult getting to Kailua with lots of roadworks in the area. Got a park straight away at Kailua, although it was a weekday afternoon. Lovely big beach and partner even thought he saw a turtle swimming. The beach facilities could use some upgrades. We changed as quickly as possible as the changing rooms looked really dirty and smelt disgusting. The beach shower was surrounded by sand so it was difficult to wash your feet. Some workmen were moving sand from a footpath, which seemed like a waste of time as it just blew straight back. Would have been better to clean around the beach shower.
    Visited November 2023
    Written February 4, 2024
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Montreal289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Kailua Beach is a nice place to spend a few hours if not the whole day. We arrived just before noon, so before heading to the beach we had our picnic under a tree in the park. There were several picnic tables but the ones around us were looking a bit worse for wear in my opinion. That didn’t really bother us because we had our straw mat anyways.

The beach has a lot of natural shade so it’s a great spot for those who can’t spend too much time under the sun and makes the beach look more beautiful too! It’s a safe place to swim but the waves were still big enough for the kids to enjoy their boogie boards. I also enjoyed taking a nice, long walk up along the beach. It was pretty neat seeing all of the kite boarders, including one person who was in her fifties having a blast out there. There were also a few people heading out in their kayaks.

One strange thing we saw was this older man who we could really only describe as the bird whisperer or maybe even the bird man. He would manage (probably with some food) to attract most of the birds on the beach to come land before him. He would also run up and down the beach with all of the birds following him. It was kind of neat and a bit annoying at the same time! There were a few people who didn’t seem too thrilled to have all of the birds hanging around where they were. And at the same time, I had to dodge some of the birds when he started running down the beach with him. Yet, there was still something fascinating about the whole thing.

For amenities, there are showers, changing rooms and bathrooms. There are also three parking lots, we used the middle one. If you want to do the Pill Box Hike, a good parking option is the eastern most lot. You’ll need to walk around 10 minutes or so to get to the start of the trail but parking anywhere closer can get tricky from some of the “no parking” restrictions in Lanikai. It would also be a good combination for the day. Come early, get a parking spot, do the hike and then spend the rest of the day on the beach!

If you are in the mood for shave ice, we headed to Island Snow Hawaii which is close by. Don’t be surprised if you first think it’s a clothing store because half the place is one! It was one of the two places for shave ice recommended on this travel tips video we saw on YouTube. And it was really good!

And right next door is Kailua Beach Adventures, where you can rent things like paddle boards and kayaks. We didn’t rent from them but we saw people pulling their kayaks to the beach on these little trolleys. It’s only about 250 meters away so not far at all!
Written January 6, 2020
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kjtobe
Parkersburg, IA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We usually stay in Waikiki, but on this trip to Oahu we stayed Kailua side. Our bungalow was only 50 yards from Kailua Beach and just minutes from the park. We spent hours enjoying the water, walking the beach, watching people with their dogs. The sand is incredible and the beach is so flat - perfect for long walks!
Written March 6, 2020
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Only1CochiseBrown
Tampa, FL464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
These photos do absolutely no justice to this beautiful beach that offers trees for shade, a nice scenery, and full for all. Like many tourist, I came to snap a few photos, but after my wife insisted that the water was nice and warm and that I should join her, I did and ended up having more fun in the water than the kids I was surrounded by.

I highly recommend this beach so come visit, enjoy the peace, take some nice photos, but if course you have to get in to truly enjoy it :)
Written July 17, 2020
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Amitava Michael K
Lake Stevens, WA513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
The beach was beautiful, the water was warm and wonderful, and even with a bit of a rain squall approaching from Coco head, the scenery was absolutely gorgeous!

There was enough space on the beach, and ample access points, to make this easy to bring out a sit on top kayak, although parking did leave a little bit to be desired, the only really bad thing about this particular location where the washrooms, which were in pretty bad condition, but that’s probably more of a testimony to the people using the beach than anything else.

Washing stations with freshwater were adequate and ample, and reasonably well-maintained. The beach was clean and there wasn’t any garbage visible, so that was an added benefit. It was also nice to watch the kite surfers in the odd helicopter passing overhead.
Written August 14, 2021
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SolarSoar
Half Moon Bay, CA131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is my favorite beach, so it can get quite crowded. I've tried going there at sunrise and there were already people there. The sand is quite clean. Waters are calm so you can stand-up paddle board with ease. For parking you need to hit the round-about in front of Kalapawai Market, go down Kailua Road. Don't necessarily take the first spot you see, sometimes there are more spots empty further down.
Written November 19, 2020
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MNO
United States97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is the type of beach that comes to mind when you imagine Hawaii. White sand, blue water, and, if you're willing to paddle, great snorkeling. Arrive early to guarantee parking; we got there around 9:15 and it was filling up. The beach gets crowded near the entrance but it thins out if you walk down a little bit. However, there are few trees further down so bring an umbrella or be ready to sit in the sun if you want to set up in a secluded spot. The water was great for swimming when we went, with calm waves and a great temperature. I would definitely recommend renting a kayak or doing a tour if you want to snorkel because the best areas are a little bit off shore. Overall, this is a great beach that does get a little crowded, albeit not nearly as badly as Waikiki.
Written June 30, 2021
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This very popular beach on the windward side, has two parking areas. The north side of the bridge, is the main section. The south side (across from Buzz’s steakhouse), has restroom and shower facilities as well. Not crowded on a very windy, cold, and drizzly day. There were a lot of windsurfers taking advantage of the favorable conditions, and providing us with many excellent video and photo opps. With the small Popoia Island in the background, they flew high with dazzling acrobatics. The beach extends north for some distance and would have walked up to explore more, but it was later in the day, and the wind was getting worse.

Mahalo
Written March 26, 2022
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Really nice stretch of beach along Oahu's east side. But this is not a quiet, secluded spot. There're actually three parking lots that pretty much stay on full during peak day times. But locals and visitors alike enjoy it here because of the many recreational opportunities. Swim, surf, kayak, boogie, etc. Restroom facilities, picnic shelters, a small market and a steak house are nearby. If you do kayak, note the Mokulua Islands out at sea about 2 miles. They currently serve as bird sanctuaries and a paddle out is well worth it. Otherwise, if you're on foot, follow the beach south to the boat ramp parking and continue walking on Mokulua Drive a bit. At your first sight of beach through the private residences, take the alley and make your way to Lanakai Beach. No facilities here and no parking, but a truly spectacular spot. If there's road construction going on, access to the beachfront might be a little difficult. So follow the locals along Kalaheo and Lihiwai Roads into Mokulua. If you don't have your own vehicle, the efficient island bus system will get you here though you'll need to walk a bit. Take Kamahele street through to the beach or opt on the way for the Pillbox trail.
Written April 29, 2023
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Y K
Toronto, Canada360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
We took the bus but noted many areas available for parking (beware of construction though and go early).

We only spent a small amount of time here as we spent the majority of the day at Lanikai beach (10 min further walk). Kailua is more family friendly and has facilities. It has more shade as well and generally not as busy.

Water is calm and sand is very soft. It's a long beach so lots of areas to spread out.

For us, we preferred Lanikai. The water and views were unbeatable. Check both out while you're in the area, both beautiful and worth a visit.
Written February 4, 2023
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hjacoby2424
Syracuse, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Large sandy beach, great for swimming. Showers and bathrooms available. Plenty of parking. Lots of wind surfers to watch. We spent 2 happy half-days here. There were occasional passing rain showers, but the rain never lasted
Written August 6, 2022
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