Kahana Bay Beach, Oahu’s Windward Coast

Kahana Bay Beach, Oahu’s Windward Coast

Tranquility, serenity, majestic scenery… Kahana Bay Beach soothes the weary soul and replenishes the spirit. Protected by the surrounding Ko’olua Mountains and adjacent to the ancient fishpond, Huilua, a sense that all is well in the world is inevitable. If you are looking for calm waters and a mellow vibe, Kahana Bay Beach is it. It serves as a local’s favorite for weekend camping as the sandy shore butts up to the splendor of the Ironwood trees, which provide plenty of shade for picnics.

Feature Photo: Courtesy of @hbgoodie

Water Sports

Prior to westernization, Kahana flourished as a fishing community. Spoiled by disease, the waters could no longer support the fishing industry for the native community, but many still enjoy casually tossing a rod. The placid waters make gentle wading an option, but many are deterred by the murky waters and a rocky bottom. If you bring your own kayak or stand up paddle board, this activity is bound to delight as the conditions are usually flat and ideal.


Best known for extensive campgrounds, plenty of shade is to be found under the protection of Ironwood trees.


Bring your own goods as picnics are the popular choice in this secluded region.


The lot offers plenty of parking space.


No lifeguard on duty. Limited facilities (bathrooms and showers).

Historic Anecdote

At the south end of the bay, visitors can find Huilua, one of the only surviving ancient Hawaiian fishponds declared a US National Historic Landmark in 1962.

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