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Parking for northshore beaches

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Parking for northshore beaches

My guidebooks make it sound like parking is very scarce for beaches on the northshore (Tunnels, Hideaway, even Kee) and suggest getting there before 8 AM to find a spot. But as I read trip reports here, people don't seem to report having difficulty getting spots and are visiting a few beaches in a day. What can I expect?

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1. Re: Parking for northshore beaches

The beaches up north at or near the end of the road do get crowded and parking can be difficult if you go too late. I would highly recommend morning, the earlier the better. Generally you can park OK at Haena Beach Park and walk down to tunnels. They no longer allow a lot of parking along the road, which you will find is quite narrow.

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We lucked out at both tunnels and hideaways when we got there. WE arrived at tunnels around noon and someone was pulling out. At hideaways we didn't go until around 2.. There are maybe 10 spots in that parking lot. Ke'e beach has more spots available, but we got there areound 9:15 to start hiking.

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Great advice for north shore beaches....GET THERE EARLY...

HIDEAWAYS is up in Princeville, and adjacent to a huge parking area. We have learned that the Princeville hotel uses that parking lot for their valet parking......so, by parking in the back of the lot it doesnt hinder their sprinters. We have always found the lot is not full during the early part of the beach going day.

Also, there will be much, much fewer people at Hideaways since effort is involved negociating the cliff steps and ropes to get up an down.


TUNNELS: EARLY IS GOOD. Totally agree at parking at Haena Beach Park, and walking back along the shoreline. Pleasant, water lapping at your feet, and easy. We tried walking back on the road once, but the cars come a bit close even tho you try to stay well off to the side...not much room in places. Beach route is safer IMHO.


KE'E: We park well before the beach parking area at a small open lot on the makai side of the road. ( If the parking is filled up on the main road)

I would say it is a couple hundred yards or so.

We no longer park under the trees in the beach parking lot area of Kee.

You may get in just fine, and be thoughtful about were you park.

The next guy might not be squawking the same code.

What happens is that other vehicles will pull in, and park restricting your exit.....and can totally block you from leaving. Problem is close proximity of cars and trees that restrict excess, and exit.

Been there, and no longer have to experience that situation. Instead we use the sholder of the road, or the early parking area.


We have always been able to locate some type of parking each trip.

Never had to abandon a north shore snorkel , or hanakapiai hike.

Denny and Erica

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