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All is quiet at beautiful Kahana Bay, where the surrounding valley shelters this section of Oahu from any disturbances. Located on the northeastern side of the island, next to the famous Crouching Lion, Kahana Bay is oftentimes overlooked by tourists who are nose-deep into their maps.
Because of the mini forest of ironwood trees on the outskirts of the bay, seeing it from the road could be difficult. And by the time you make your way around the U-shaped bend, you’re already heading farther north toward Punaluu. However, those that do stop at Kahana agree that it’s one of the most peaceful places on Oahu.
The abundance of shade and a cool trade wind breeze make it easy for anyone to kick back and relax. Not to mention, the gorgeous mountain backdrop that’s part of Kahana Valley. The bay is crescent-shaped and so large that noise from other beach-goers or boaters is at a very minimum; the sounds dissipate into the open air and open waters of the bay. You’re likely to see people picnicking under the forest canopy, where tables and benches are also available.
The calm ocean waters are perfect for kayaking and on occasion, bodyboarding. But I wouldn’t recommend snorkeling here because the water is murky (and green!) from a nearby river runoff. During the summer months, there will be lots of limu (seaweed) that washes up along the shore, so don’t be alarmed by that. Otherwise, enjoy your time at Kahana Bay, even if it means doing nothing at all.
KAHANA BAY BEACH PARK • 52-222 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahana, HI 96717 • Amenities: port-a-potty across the street at state park side, no fresh water or showers • Activities: picnicking, swimming, bodyboarding • Free parking in lot
Photo Credit: Noa Myers