One of the few beaches that has the look and feel of old Oahu is Kahana Beach on Oahu's windward coastline. The fact that this beach is located in a section of the island that is normally simply a gateway for island visitors to pass by on their way to visit what are presumably more spectacular attractions is the saving grace of Kahana Beach Park. The fact that it is located many miles away from all the population centers of the island is a bonus as well because the peace and serenity of what is truly an island gem of a beach is in this way protected.
Kahana Beach forms a perfect half moon shape of white sand that descends gently into the sand bottom of the turquoise waters of this exotic location. Not only is the beach perfectly shaped as if it were drawn out of the countryside by a giant compass arc but it is surrounded on all sides by the abrupt ascent of the forested mountain ridges of the Kahana Valley behind. The fact that on most days it is almost completely deserted is an oddity that will work to the advantage of someone seeking out the solitude of a beautiful beach that lies within the confines of a small island that is the home of close to a million people.
Snorkeling, swimming, beach combing, kayaking (if you bring your own) and simply taking a refreshing dip are all options available to you at Kahana Beach Park. Conditions are often excellent here but you must exercise caution when entering the water because there are no lifeguards present. Picnic tables are spread throughout the Ironwood trees that rim the beach and this beautiful forest somehow gives the sense that one is perhaps by a lakefront in the great Northwest. The big difference of course is that the ocean water is warm and so is the surrounding atmosphere. If exploration suits your taste on the day of your visit you can trek through the forest and into the Kahana Valley behind on one of two separate trails, neither of which are difficult hikes. The Kahana Stream winds its way down the center of the valley and it is not difficult to imagine that this spot was a comfortable place for former inhabitants in a much earlier place and time to enjoy as a home.
Parking areas are located along the roadway and there are changing rooms but the only restrooms are portable toilets.
Please be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be potentially dangerous including this location. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering the water and of course, never turn your back on the ocean when you are on the shoreline. It should also be noted that all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water. There is no lifeguard at this location.
Shark's Cove on the North Shore of Oahu is not really a beach, but rather a snorkel and diving spot; and what a snorkel spot it is! This small cove is ringed in rocks and coral providing very little in the way of sand to lay out on, but if you are looking for a great place to snorkel, Shark's Cove is, at many times of the year, an excellent option.
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It's a good thing you're going to the beach on Oahu! Not only does Oahu have some of the most beautiful beaches in the state, have some of the best snorkeling to be seen in the state, have some of the best surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddling locations in the state and some of the largest waves for you to watch in the state, but Oahu beaches have more lifeguard locations and more lifeguards all toll than any other island in the State of Hawaii.
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