What to do in Malaekahana State Recreation Area

Maleakahana State Recreation Area is a beautiful, wooded beach park. A sandy beach provides access to a variety of water sports. The southern portion of the park, the Kalanai Point Section, is 0.6 mile north of La'ie town and the Kahuku section is located 1.3 miles north of La'ie town.

The Kalanai Point section contains picnicking and camping facilities, as well as bathrooms, showers and barbecue grills. The campground in this section offers 37 sites for tent camping.

The Kahuku section is a gated, 37-acre wooded area with 24 hour on-site security. This section offers 30 tent campsites with picnic tables, fire pits, toilets and hot outdoor showers. This is reportedly one of the safest campgrounds in Hawaii. A pop-up trailer, camping caravan and thatched roof hut are also available for rental. Seven cabins and a four-bedroom pavilion or lodge are available for rental but they are normally booked a year in advance. The Pavilion is often rented for weddings, retreats and other group functions. The Kahuku section of the park is managed by the non-profit group Friends of Malaekahana. For reservations and additional information on the Kahuku section, contact Friends of Malaekahana at P. O. Box 305, Laie, HI 96762, Tel. (808) 293-1736.

Recreation
In addition to camping, group camping, group events, cabin stays and picnicking, this state recreation area is an excellent place for many types of water sports. The beach is protected by two points so swimming, bodysurfing, board surfing and windsurfing are popular year round. Occasionally, during the winter months, strong currents occur, which make these activities dangerous for anyone less than an expert.

Location
This state recreation area lies on the northeastern coast of O'ahu between Makahoa and Kalanai Points. It is accessible from Kamehameha Highway. The southern portion of the park, the Kalanai Point Section, is 0.6 mile north of La'ie town and the Kahuku section is located 1.3 miles north of La'ie town.

Climate
The climate is pleasantly mild on O'ahu throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island.

Address
P.O. Box 621
1151 Punchbowl Street, 131
Honolulu, HI 96809

Phone: 808-587-0300


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