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Secrets of Hawaii : Kailua and Lanikai  Beaches

Lanikai  Beach:

        Lanikai  means  "heavenly sea" in the Hawaiian language. And at Lanikai Beach that is exactly what you will find. Warm  turquoise green waters brush up against a fine  sand beach while gentle trade winds offer a cool relief from the hot Hawaiian days. This beach is great for relaxing on the sand or taking a  swim in it's clear waters. Located on Oahu's Windward coast Lanikai Beach is a popular hang out for locals and tourist.  So, bring our swim wear and snorkel gear to enjoy a  day at the beach.

Soft sand and warm tropical waters await you at Lanikai Beach.
Lanikai Beach looking north towards Kaneohe Marine corps base.
       Below : Other photos from Lanikai Beach Click them for larger view.
Lanikai Beach
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Mokulua Islands from Lanikai Beach
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Sail boats passing by one of the Mokulua Islands at Lanikai Beach
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     Kailua Beach Park:

    Kailua Beach Park offers a picture perfect outdoor experience. One of the best beach on Oahu, the fine sandy beach is protect by Kailua Bay which makes for  gentle waves. A perfect place to take a swim. The trade winds bring in a cool breeze, allowing one to really enjoy the amble picnic areas in  this park. There is amble shade, good park facilities and plenty of parking. Kailua Beach Park is a most do stop on any vacation to Oahu.


Photo 1 - At Alala Point just outside Lanikai looking back at Kailua Beach.
Photo 2 - Looking out at Popoia Island.
Photo 3 - Above Kailua Beach.
Views of Kailua Beach
                  Photo 1 - At Alala Point just outside Lanikai looking back at Kailua Beach.
                  Photo 2 - Looking out at Popoia Island.
                  Photo 3 - Above Kailua Beach.

     Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach are not hard to find. From the Waikiki take H1 to the Pali Highway (61). Take the Pali over to the Windward side of Oahu. Stay on the Pali at Kamehameha Highway the Pali Highway turns into Kalanianaole Highway. Take Kalanianaole Highway to Kailua Rd. You will not need to make a turn onto Kailua Rd, just bear to the left where Kailua rd meets Kalanianaole Highway. At the triangle intersection of Kailua Road and Kuulei Road, bear to the right to stay on Kailua Road. At the second signal intersection, make a left turn to stay on Kailua Road. Go through the intersection of Kailua Rd and Kawailo Rd and you will be in the park. If this lot is full simple go back out to Kawailo Rd and follow it around the park. There are many different places to park.

      During the weekdays this beach is not that crowed and makes for a good day at the beach, but during the high tourist season and on the weekends it can get crowded.
     Lanikai Beach is just past Kailua Beach. Take Kawailo Rd to Aalapapa Dr. Aalapapa Dr  and Mokulua Dr from a large one way  loop that along with thier side streets encompass the area know as Lanikai. Aalapapa Dr leads into Lanikai and Mokulua Dr leads out of Lanikai. There are many  two way streets in the area that connect Aalapapa Dr and Mokulua Dr making it easy to change directions while in the loop. To get to Lanikai Beach find parking along Mokulua Dr or one of its many side streets. On Mokulua Dr there are many public access points to the beach.
Street parking at  Lanikai Beach
Public access path at Lanikai Beach
  Need to Know:

     Lanikai beach offers no public facilities such as restrooms, showers or water fountains. It also does not have any handicap parking or ramps. If you are in need of such facilities Kailua Beach Park is a wiser choice.

       The best part of Lanikai beach is before Onekea Dr. So try and find parking before this street. When parking in this neighbor hood try and keeping mind that this is a residential area. Please do not block people's driveways or trample their yards.

Caution: None
         Please be tourist smart - do not leave valuables in your car.
 Difficulty Scale: 0- Easy.
Parking. See Beach access City of Honolulu for Kailua Beach Park.