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Hazards: Dangerous current Possibility of strong currents in winter.
Swimming Conditions: Advanced especially during winter months

General Information

Description - Maleakahana State Recreation Area is a beautiful, wooded beach park. A sandy beach provides access to a variety of water sports. The southern portion of the park, the Kalanai Point Section, is 0.6 mile north of La'ie town and the Kahuku section is located 1.3 miles north of La'ie town.

Attractions - The Kalanai Point section contains picnicking and camping facilities, as well as bathrooms, showers and barbecue grills. The campground in this section offers 37 sites for tent camping.

The Kahuku section is a gated, 37-acre wooded area with 24 hour on-site security. This section offers 30 tent campsites with picnic tables, fire pits, toilets and hot outdoor showers. This is reportedly one of the safest campgrounds in Hawaii. A pop-up trailer, camping caravan and thatched roof hut are also available for rental. Seven cabins and a four-bedroom pavilion or lodge are available for rental but they are normally booked a year in advance. The Pavilion is often rented for weddings, retreats and other group functions. The Kahuku section of the park is managed by the non-profit group Friends of Malaekahana. For reservations and additional information on the Kahuku section, contact Friends of Malaekahana at P. O. Box 305, Laie, HI 96762, Tel. (808) 293-1736.

Recreation - In addition to camping, group camping, group events, cabin stays and picnicking, this state recreation area is an excellent place for many types of water sports. The beach is protected by two points so swimming, bodysurfing, board surfing and windsurfing are popular year round. Occasionally, during the winter months, strong currents occur, which make these activities dangerous for anyone less than an expert.

Climate - The climate is pleasantly mild on O'ahu throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island.

Location - This state recreation area lies on the northeastern coast of O'ahu between Makahoa and Kalanai Points. It is accessible from Kamehameha Highway. The southern portion of the park, the Kalanai Point Section, is 0.6 mile north of La'ie town and the Kahuku section is located 1.3 miles north of La'ie town.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Julie
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: NOT SAFE We wanted to save money on our Hawaii trip, so we decided to camp at the Kalanai Point section of Malaekahana (the part without the live-in hosts) in January. We were a little nervous about it at first because there is a lot of graffiti, but the site is so close to a BEAUTIFUL beach and there were other campers, so we stayed. The other campers left after the first day and we were all alone in the whole campground- the beach was practically deserted, which is awesome. Unfortunately, our rental car was broken into some time between 1-9pm even with nothing valuable visible in the car. We should have taken a clue from the other broken window glass in the parking lot. There was also fresh graffiti that day- so be careful. We were not comfortable staying any more days and had to call the police to let us out of the locked gate so we could leave. The police told us that break-ins are common during the day. The showers are cold, no shower heads, there are no doors on the bathroom stalls, and there is no soap in the restroom sink area. Ferral roosters start crowing at 4am. Would be a good place to visit and see the beach for a day, but it's not safe to stay the night.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great location - virtually deserted beach and camping area - by far the best place I saw in Oahu /stayed in the far end house/hut - i think it was #6 - just a dream. The physical condition of the building was only fair but the location more than made up for it. Be ready for rising with the Cockerel - you'll need heavy sedation to ignore it. You are only a short driving distance from the north shore surfing areas and beach food - look for the indian chief cook out for Xcellent value and taste. Entrance to park not well marked - watch carefully for it. But this is a bonus as it certainly reduces other visitors.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Virtually had the beach to ourselves on a weekday afternoon. Waves were perfect for the kids' boogie boards. Outdoor/indoor showers. Parking not close to beach.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Beach Activities Excellent place for many types of water sports.
ICON Surfing Surfing, body surfing and windsurfing possible.
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Beach is protected by two points so swimming is popular. Possible strong currents in winter.

More Information

Contact Information:
Oahu District, Hawaii State Parks, P.O. Box 621, 1151 Punchbowl Street, 131 , Honolulu, HI, 96809, Phone: 808-587-0300

Additional Information:
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.
O'ahu - O'ahu lies in the middle of the Hawaiian archipelago as the third largest island within the chain. Much of the eastern portion of the island is state forest reserve land and open for public use.
O'ahu State Parks - O'ahu's state parks protect a variety of natural and historic features that support many different activities. This island maintains more state-run facilities than any of the neighboring islands.

Friends of Malaekahana - For more information and reservations in the Kahuku section.


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