Beautiful crystal clear waters of Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach

Highlights:
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Sun bathing
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Description:
In the Hawaiian language, Lanikai means "royal sea" or "heavenly sea". Lanikai Beach is on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii, having as neighbor Kailua Beach. The beach is one of America's finest and frequently highly ranked in the world. It is quite small, just about 1/2 mile long and located adjacent to an upper-class residential area, it can only be accessed through public access beach paths.

Lanikai Beach is a popular gem for its soft sand, blue water, and gentle trade winds. The beach is perfect for various water activities, particularly swimming, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and of course for sunbathing. Not far offshore from the beach is Mokulua (the two islands) which many adventurers seek the opportunity to paddle across from the beach.

Locals believe that the real name of the beach is Kaohao (meaning "the tying"). Legend has it that a high chief by the name of Hanoi used to beat up his two wives, Konane. He would tie them together using a loincloth and lead them to the beach where the canoes were. The name Kaohao was eventually given to the beach because of the incident that had taken place.

Lanikai beach is often quite empty during weekdays, but becomes extremely crowded on weekends and particularly during peak season period. The beach has been the perfect location for many photo shoots of renowned models. It provides fantastic moonrise scenery because of its position being on the east side of the island.

Although a public beach, the land is not owned by the state and unlike other beaches in Hawaii, it is not a county beach. There is a lack of facilities such as restrooms, showers or parking or lifeguards.
 
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Beach
Neighborhood
Beach Features:
Canoeing
Fishing
Kayaking
Scubadiving
Snorkeling
Surfing
Swimming
Windsurfing
Saliing
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Location
936 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96734
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