If you don’t know about it then you may drive right by it. Kaiona Beach Park is sort of a hidden gem in the way that many Oahu beaches aren’t. There are those that won’t like this blog post because it kind of lets the cat out of the bag but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know it’s there.
Kaiona Beach Park is located in the southeastern part of Oahu along Highway 72 (Kalanianole Highway). Heading from Honolulu you’ll pass Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Light House Trail (Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline) and Sea Life Park. From there you’re just about 1.5 miles away from the very small parking lot of Kaiona.
The parking lot will fill up most days, especially on the weekends. Like many other spots on Oahu, the earlier you get here the better.
Amenities include a nice grassy area that is fenced with picnic tables, bathrooms and showers.
The view is pretty, too. Off the coast you have Rabbit Island and Kaohikaipu Island State Seabird Sanctuary.
The water is calm and usually pretty clear if you’re into snorkeling. There are PLENTY of sea turtles to see at Kaiona. I’ve been three times now and I have yet to see any less than 3 turtles at any given time.
To the right, or southeast, of the beach you can see the remains of old fish pools. Some sites claim that these are good for kids to swim in but I have to disagree. I think they’re better off in the shallows of the beach itself.
However, if you walk to the farthest fishpond at Kaiona then you’ll be standing in front of the Old Magnum P.I. house, or the “Robin’s Nest”. Tom Selleck isn’t there anymore but it’s cool to see and say you were there if you’re a product of the 80s.
Features of Kaiona Beach Park
Good snorkeling and reefs with plenty of Sea Turtles. Fish numbers are only “okay”. (Check the snorkel report first, though.)
Great place to catch a sunrise on Oahu.
Kid friendly waters.
Fine, powdery sand. There’s a little bit of Ocean junk but it’s not too bad.
Great for kayaking.
Good picnic spot for family and friends.