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Kualoa Regional Park Information

Kualoa Regional Park Information

Kualoa Regional Park takes its name from the Hawaiian word for "long ancestral background" and this beautiful area of Oahu's Windward Coast does have a rich ancient history.

The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally a sacred spot where royal families trained their children to be chiefs. The small offshore islet of Mokolii (popularly referred to as Chinaman's Hat) is a seabird preserve with a small sandy beach of its own, and is close enough to swim to at low tide. Legend has it that it's actually the tip of the great dragon Mololii's tail, cut off by the goddess Hiiaka using spears of lightning, and that she used the rest of the large lizard's body to form Hakipuu road.

The 150-acre park itself has been refurbished in recent years and has broad green lawns and facilities for picnics and camping as well as lifeguards watching over the long, soft white sand beach.

It sits at the foot of the steep Koolau Ridge on Kaneohe Bay's north shore and its shallow clear blue waters are generally safe for swimming and snorkeling. There can be strong currents at times and stinging blue jellyfish or "Bluebottles". Lifeguards will usually post signs if they are swarming in the surrounding ocean. Their stings can be very painful and dangerous, so pay close attention to these warnings.

Most of the time, you can swim at this beach with peace of mind, surrounded by coconut trees in this classic tropical setting.

The park is located at 49-479 Kamehameha Hwy. (Hwy. 83) in Kualoa.