Just beyond the west side of Hawaii's famous North Shore stretches a long white sand shore known as Mokule'ia Beach Park. Its large swells and beautiful sand make it a popular destination, but the distance from the famous surfing town of Haleiwa makes it a beach that is never too busy. Even when other North Shore beaches are packed, on a weekday you might find you have the beach entirely to yourself. If the idea of a long, tranquil beach appeals to you, then Mokule'ia Beach Park is your place.
The close reef makes it difficult to swim, so if you're planning on braving the water, wear some shoes and always watch where you step. Even though the reef can be tricky, it makes for a perfect place to snorkel and fish. If you aren't keen on swimming, enjoy a show of kite-surfers in action. Wind- and kite-surfers thrive during the high swells of the winter months at Mokule'ia Beach Park. Near-constant winds render excellent conditions for these water sports.
The fine, white sand provides a perfect place to lie down and enjoy the bright Hawaiian sunshine with plenty of vegetation lining the beach in case you need some shade. Watch out for the debris that the current brings in from the north or from the weekend parties on the beach. Dogs are allowed on this beach, so bring your pets along and be sure to clean up after them. If you're looking for a piece of television history, you'll be interested to know that this beach was where the pilot episode of the popular show Lost was filmed.
Be cautious during the winter months when the rip current is at its strongest and the waves are at their largest. Follow all posted warnings, never turn your back to a wave and avoid getting into the water if you're not comfortable.
- This beach is open all day, every day of the year
- Mokule'ia Beach Park is located across the street from Dillingham Airfield on Hwy 930, Farrington Highway. Just head up H2 towards the North Shore and follow the signs leading to Dillingham Airfield. You will find a well-maintained grassy park with plenty of parking, restrooms and picnic tables.
- Free, open to public
- Dogs allowed