After the barbecue, you can go for a night swim,
walk around, or play card games on the beach. At night, millions
of stars appear in the sky. It’s very different than
the sky in town with all the bright city lights.
There are more than a dozen beach parks on O‘ahu that allow
camping. One of the best campgrounds on the windward coast is
the Maleakahana State Recreation Area (Kahuku section), between
Kahuku and La‘ie, about 55 yards (50m) off Kamehameha
Highway, directly on the beach. There are three campgrounds
Bay. This one is the northernmost of the three.
The campground is surrounded by pine trees and has picnic tables,
restrooms, security, warm showers, and a comfort zone, a little
hut where people can go in case it is raining. Every campsite
also has a fireplace. It’s a great spot to have some quiet
and peace and a break from the noisy, fast-paced city life of
Honolulu. What is nice about this campground is that one can’t
hear the traffic noise from the highway.
The campground is easy to reach on bus number 55, which stops
right in front of the entrance of the beach park. If you don’t
want to bring food, groceries are available in Kahuku and La‘ie.
It’s about a mile to Kahuku and two miles to La‘ie.
You can take the bus there or just walk along the highway and
enjoy the view of the Ko‘olau mountain range.
Maleakahana Bay is a great spot to go swimming and bodysurfing.
The waves aren’t as big as on the North Shore, but it
can still be a lot of fun. The beach is wide enough to play
and never crowded.
Another fun thing to do there is to visit Moku‘auia Island
(Goat Island). There are no goats on this tiny island, only nesting
seabirds. This seabird sanctuary is situated at the southern
end of Maleakahana Bay. During low tide, it is possible to walk
there. But if you don’t have shoes to wear in the water,
it’s better to swim, because there is reef and this can
be quite sharp. Also, the current can become strong when the
tide changes or the surf is high. Most people, who paddle out
there, have their bodyboards, surfboards, or small boats with
There are three beaches on Moku‘auia Island, however, the
best one for swimming and the easiest to access is located toward
the left. It is already visible when paddling out there. This
beach is protected from the surf by cliffs and one can just float
in the calm water and enjoy the awesome view of O‘ahu,
the mountains, and the beaches.
Whether you go camping with a group of people or just one other
person or alone, it can be a great and fun adventure in Hawai‘i
because the weather is perfect to do things in the outdoors
year round. It can give students a break from the daily routine
Most campgrounds on O‘ahu require permits, which have to
be obtained at the State Park Office in advance. But Maleakahana
State Recreation Area (Kahuku Section) is a walk-in campground,
which means that you can plan your stay spontaneously because
you can get the camping permit upon arrival. However, during
peak seasons in July and December and around holidays, it’s
better to make a reservation. The fee is $5.20 per person per
night. Call 293-1736 for more information.