Introduction to Waimanalo Beach
Waimanalo Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the City & County of Honolulu, in the District of Koʻolaupoko, on the island of Oʻahu in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. This small windward community is located near the eastern end of the island, and the climate is dry. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a population of 4,481. This neighborhood is close to, but somewhat separate from Waimanalo, although the two form a single community.
Waimanalo Beach (the town) lies along the eastern half of Waimanalo Beach (the beach), with an overall length of nearly 5.5 mi (8.9 km), the longest stretch of sandy shoreline on Oʻahu. Waimanalo Beach has sparse commercial development along Kalanianaole Highway, and is noteworthy for its local flavor and proximity to Makapuʻu Beach and Sea Life Park, which lie closer to Makapuʻu Point at the east end of the island of Oʻahu. There are no hotels here.
Location of Waimanalo Beach
At around 3 miles (4.8 km) long, Waimanalo Bay is lined by the longest uninterrupted white-sand beach on Oahu. It’s the perfect place for the ultimate beach stroll. Much of Waimanalo Beach is backed by ironwood trees, which provide plenty of shade.
There are two main access points to the beach. One near the southern end of the beach and one near the northern end. This beach park has showers, restrooms, a pavilion, picnic tables and a lifeguard tower.
With sand like soft white powdered sugar, shady ironwood forest backing the beach. And regular cooling on-shore breezes this park is a Windward side favorite. Also only 35-minute drive from Honolulu, and well worth the trip. Visitors to Sandy Beach or Makapu’u Beach Parks are often directed to this beach when swimming conditions are too hazardous elsewhere.
Waimanalo Beach is a silent refuge on most weekdays when you can have a good stretch of the beach to yourself. But on weekends, the grills and picnic tables get a serious workout. Locals gather for all-day barbecues and visitors come to sunbathe, swim and have fun.