Malaekahana is the idyllic Hawaiian beach, with scenery that channels the tropical beauty and secluded sacred atmosphere of ancient times. Calm green waters gently roll up to the large half-moon of white sand that curves for almost a mile along the coast, and tall trees sway with the ocean breeze above and provide shade.
Goat Island, just offshore and within wading distance, serves as a protected seabird sanctuary and a beautiful part of the ocean view from the coast. You can swim there, but do not disturb any of the wildlife, flora, or fauna.
Endangered green sea turtles also frequent the Malaekahana coastline and are protected by state and federal law. Enjoy watching the rare creatures, but don't approach them or interfere with their activity.
This north shore haven is popular for swimming, bodyboarding, and snorkeling, and is very quiet and private on weekdays.
The beach is part of a 37-acre park that includes restrooms, showers, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and parking. There are also tent camping sites, cabins, and a large pavilion for rent that can be reserved in advance. There are no lifeguards on duty and the park's facilities are not very close to the beach itself, though.
The park is along Kamehameha Hwy. (Hwy. 83) in Laie, about 2 miles north of the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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