Ehukai Beach Park includes an acre of grass as well as Ehukai Beach and it also borders Banzai and Pipeline Beaches as part of one continual shoreline - the entire area oftentimes referred to as Ehukai Beach. The word stands for "Reddish Tinged Water," although the waters are actually a sparkling blue and wash up on the long, broad stretch of white sand.
The famous Banzai Pipeline here provides world-class surf conditions, with waves that can reach up to 25 feet or more, especially in winter.
"Banzai!" is a Japanese battle cry and was once yelled at a bodysurfer successfully riding the huge wave - the nickname then stuck as the beach's name.
An offshore shallow coral shelf converts rolling surf from the open ocean into steep crests that hit the reef and form perfect hollow waves. This famous pipeline has attracted wave riders for years and it still challenges even the most expert ones.
In calmer summer months, swimming across the sandbar can be fun (but watch out for stinging limu seaweed along the coastline). Lifeguards are on duty there and there are parking, picnic, restroom, and shower facilities available.
The beach park is located at 59-337 Ke-Nui Rd. near Pupukea, just off Kamehameha Hwy.
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