Located along the western end of Molokai, Papohaku is Hawaii’s longest white sand beach. This pristine coastline is comprised of azure waters bordered for more than three miles by a 300-yard-wide ribbon of sand. Except for an annual hula festival, this beach gets very few visitors.
Swimming, snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, picnics, beachcombing.
Molokai is considered the birthplace of hula, and every May the Papohaku Beach Park Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival celebrates this tradition. Three days of festivities finish with a grand Hoolaulea (celebration) that includes hula dancing, musical groups, and many food and craft booths.
Need to Know
This beach is subject to large waves and currents so use extreme caution when entering the ocean. Never go in the ocean during times of high surf or rough seas. Tradewinds are sometimes strong here so morning is the best time to visit Papohaku.
Restrooms, outdoor and indoor showers, drinking water, barbecue grills, picnic facilities, parking. Camping is allowed with a permit from the Kaunakakai Department of Parks, Land, and Natural Resources.
Follow Hwy. 460 west toward the town of Maunaloa and turn right on Kaluakoi Rd. just before the town. Take Kaluakoi about two miles past the Kaluakoi Resort entrance where you will see Papohaku Beach. A large grove of trees lines the path from the park to the beach.