Kalihiwai Beach

Kalihiwai Beach - USA
© Kyle Pearce

Kalihiwai Beach is a North Shore beauty with a crescent-shaped sandy beach edged with ironwood trees. Even before you reach the beach it will entrance you with views from the scenic highway revealing idyllic green-clad cliffs and ocean vistas. The stunning setting and easy access to this drive-up beach make it a  popular spot for barefoot weddings.

The western edge of the beach marks the mouth of the Kalihiwai River so you can paddle and swim in freshwater where the river flows out into the ocean. The onshore waves are generally good for bodyboarding and impressive swells in the winter draw expert surfers to the eastern end of the beach. 

On calm days you can kayak around Kapukaamoi Point to Secret Beach at the western end of Kauapea Beach.  You may even be joined by a pod of spinner dolphins, so keep your fingers crossed. 

Basically there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Kalihiwai Beach, regardless of age or sporting ability. If all this is not enough to wow you, take a seat at Banana Joe’s and suck up a banana-pineapple frosty. As a package, Kalihiwai Beach is as close as it gets to heaven!

There are portable toilets and picnic tables but no lifeguard.

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