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Address: Off Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83), Honolulu, Oahu, HI

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A great deserted beach

This is a great beach on the North Shore. Almost totally deserted! The waves are perfect for teenagers who like to boogy board. We've visited twice in 4 days here and expect we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great beach on the North Shore. Almost totally deserted! The waves are perfect for teenagers who like to boogy board. We've visited twice in 4 days here and expect we will visit again before our week in Oahu is over.

Thank PearlieGirl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Most tourists miss this amazing beach because it is halfway between the Shrimp Trucks and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Too bad for them but great for the rest of us. The beach is beautiful, the showers and toilets are convenient, and last summer a food truck started parking here to provide light meals and refreshments. This is the beach of... More 

Thank Andrew L
Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Malaekahana State Recreation Area is a beautiful, quiet beach in Laie, North Shore Oahu. Our vacation rental was on nearby Laie Point. From our porch and patio areas we could see people walking and swimming to a nearby island...we were intrigued! Unfortunately both days that we went to the recreation area the waves were very high and it was overcast... More 

Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Plenty of parking, picnic tables, green space, and a whole,lot of quiet. For some reason, this gem is off most people's radar, but it's one of our favorite spots on Oahu. The beach is never crowded, and though the park is busier on weekends, on weekdays, it's a quiet natural sanctuary. You can hear the wind and the waves and... More 

Thank UtahCrowe
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Spent this weekend camped out at Malaekahana with family and friends. The Campground is well-maintained; mowed grass and defined dirt roads. Perks: 1) Reserved sites are large enough for tents, cars, etc. 2) Firepits 3) Restroom facilities (not Port-o-potties) 4) Sinks/Water spouts (great for washing dishes) 5) Outdoor showers 6) Close to the beach (sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous) 7)... More 

1 Thank Asya M
Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

I happened across this beach on my last visit to Oahu. I'm glad I did! Beautiful beach, only other people I saw was a family a ways down the beach. So calm and quiet, water is calm, so great for swimming. There was some plastic debris that looked like it had recently washed ashore, but no trash (paper/take out/ etc),... More 

Thank saralikescake
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Reserved 4 paddle boards and only 3 were there. Attendant was very rude. Didn't want to refund our money. Beach itself was nice

Thank Michael C
Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Uncrowded bliss. We encountered very few beach goers in all our visits here. Consistent small waves coming onshore in clear turquoise waters. Water activities, in my estimation, to be limited due to the rocky and shallow shore-break. We did see 2 snorkelers on our first visit, but they were definitely locals. There is a few places along the beach that... More 

1 Thank Tom B
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

been here twice and virtually had the place to ourselves. In the right place you can be sitting on the beach and not see any human influence at all. Crystal clear water, turtles, fish. Great kids snorkelling place

Thank TheMerryMacs
Rapid City, SD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

This is an incredible beach. The cabins are very bare-bones. A toilet and a counter which passes for a kitchen area, along with a bedroom with a foam mattress and two bunks are all you'll find here. But the lanai is spectacular and the setting is amazing! Bring your own toilet paper as none is provided. There is electricity so... More 

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