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Most tourists don’t know about Waimānalo Bay Beach Park (which was renamed as Hūnānāniho in July 2021). Only 20 minutes south of Kailua and Lanikai Beaches, it’s just as breathtaking, but without any of the crowds. On weekdays, you’ll have the beach mostly to yourself and on weekends, you’ll share it with locals and their families, here to bbq and play volleyball and beach games. 


The waves generally don’t get too big, which makes this a good beach for swimming, boogie boarding, and going for long walks. There’s crystal clear turquoise water and a long white sand beach, with The Ko’olau Mountains as a backdrop.  A large grove of ironwood trees offer shade. 


No matter which way you look, you’re in one of the most beautiful places in Oahu. 


41-1062 Kalanianaʻole Hwy

Waimanalo, HI 96795


**The entrance is opposite the Honolulu Polo Club


  • Daily  ▭  7 am - 7:45 pm




  • Kailua Beach Park — 16 min drive

  • Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike — 18 min drive

  • Lanikai Beach — 19 min drive

As beautiful as Lanikai and Kailua Beaches, without the crowds. About 5 miles of white sand beach and turquoise waters. Good conditions for swimming and bodyboarding.

Waimānalo Bay Beach Park


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Good to know





  • Food and Drinks. There are only a couple places nearby, so not a bad idea to bring what you want with you.

  • A Sweatshirt or Light Jacket if you plan to stay until later afternoon or are visiting Nov - March when it tends to be windier on this side of the island.



  • Lifeguards from 9am - 5:30pm

  • Restrooms 

  • Parking lot

  • Showers

  • Picnic areas

  • Trash cans

  • Campgrounds

  • A lot of Waimānalo Beach is backed by ironwood trees, which provide plenty of shade.

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  • There are 2 beach parks in Waimānalo. You want the one called Waimānalo Bay Beach Park (on the north side), not Waimanalo Beach Park (to the south). It’s better maintained.

  • The entrance to is right across the street from the Honolulu Polo Club

  • This is a great alternative to some more touristy beaches. Lanikai and Kailua are beautiful, but way more crowded with tourists. People get sent here from Sandy Beach and Makapu’u Beach when the conditions aren’t favorable there. 

  • Don’t leave valuables in your car. The parking lot is about 100 yards from the beach, so you won’t be able to see it from the beach.

  • Go earlier in the day when it’s the calmest. By late afternoon the wind picks up a bit on this side of the island and the sun disappears early behind the mountains.  

  • The Eastern side of the island tends to be winder (hence the name, Windward Coast). Mornings at Waimānalo Beach are mostly calm and quiet. It gets a little cooler and the breeze picks up in the afternoons. If you’re visiting November to March, you may want to pack a sweatshirt or light jacket. 

  • The sun sets behind the Ko’olau Mountains behind the beach, which means the sun disappears earlier in the afternoon than other beaches in Oahu. 

  • Some people like to snorkel here, but heads up that the sand is really fine, which can lead to poor visibility.

  • People like to bodyboard here because the waves break close to shore and don’t usually get too big. 

  • Keep a lookout for Portuguese man o’war in the water — little blue jellyfish. They tend to congregate in big groups at certain times throughout the year. They usually float at the surface, but can also wash ashore. If they’ve been spotted, lifeguards will post signs on the beach near the lifeguard stations. 

  • Like with any other beach, pay attention to the lifeguard’s warning signs and flags.

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  • This is a family friendly beach. You’ll see lots of locals here with their families on the weekends.



  • In July 2021, the city voted to rename Waimānalo Bay Beach Park to Hūnānāniho.

  • It’s also called “Sherwood Forest” or “Sherwoods” by the locals. During the 1960s, the large ironwood forest along the beach was a spot where a local gang would strip stolen cars. Locals started calling it “Sherwood Forest” in reference to Robin Hood and his Merry Men.  

  • It’s thought that Waimanalo may have been the original landing place for Polynesian voyagers in the Hawaiian Islands, based on artifacts that have been found in the area. 

  • Waimanalo Beach is one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach in Oahu — over 5 miles long.

  • This was a filming location for Magnum P.I. and Baywatch Hawaii

  • Waimānalo means “potable water” in Hawaiian

Last Updated 9 / 21 / 21

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