Unfortunately the cabins are run down and no longer for rent. The bathrooms are porta-potties and you can imagine how they smell when the full day sun hits them. There are feral cats and chickens EVERYWHERE. I like the chickens though, but could drown the damn cats. If you leave anything out the cats will get into it. Dogs are prohibited in the park but yep, locals bring their dogs to bark at you when you walk by and no park employee seem to care enough to enforce the rule. There are little pieces of garbage everywhere (due to cats dragging it around and wind blowing unsecured garbage). The whole place looks run down.
Now, if you arrive with low expectations and a relaxed attitude you will be pleasantly surprised. The beach is beautiful and easy to swim. Nice sandy shore without any major rocks to worry about. The people are awesome. 99% of the campers are there to relax and have a good time and thus are very friendly. You camp a stone's throw away from the beach. Campsites are just beyond the treeline so you get a little bit of a wind break. The gate does lock at 7pm so you dont have to worry about cars at night. everything is peaceful in the evening. You can park your rental car pretty close if not right next to your campsite so just put your food and garbage in the car at night to fix the cat problem. If you really look around you will see people just picking up those little scraps of garbage here and there. If you join in too the campground will look even better. If you need a little more than camping then try the eco cabins. Nice and convenient, little hotplate for cooking, and small fridge for food. Basic RV toilet and a real shower with warm water. Not hot water, but decent warm water. The location is one of the best. Much slower pace on that side of the island. It's not a KOA campground by any means, but you dont have to pay $40 night just to camp either. All in all I felt relaxed, safe, and hassle free.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Malaekahana Park at Kahuku is a public campground with cabins available. It is a privately managed, non-profit organization. No state permit required to camp. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Malaekahana State Recreation Area Hotel Laie
- Malaekahana Beach Campground Laie, Oahu, Hawaii