Situated on the 150-acre peninsula of Kualoa Point on the north side of Kualoa Bay, this is great for swimming when the surf is not too large. Rising above this very scenic beach is the cliff called Paliku, which means “Vertical cliff,” and the beach has great views of the Koolau mountains. Kualoa is a nice sand beach enjoyed by many swimmers who appreciate the usually calm water, though snorkeling is sometimes hampered by cloudy water. There is plenty of shade at Kualoa as well as a large grassy area nice for relaxing and picnic tables perfect for gatherings. Nearby is the wetland habitat of the 3-acre Apua Pond as well as Molii Fishpond to the southwest of Kualoa Point.
Swimming, picnics, camping, sunbathing, beach-combing.
This park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its role as a training ground for chefs in ancient times. Just offshore of Kualoa Beach Park is the islet of Mokolii (Little Lizard), which is also knowns as Chinaman’s Hat and is now a bird preserve. During low tide when conditions are calm you can swim or wade out to its small beach. According to Hawaiian legend, Mokolii islet was formed when the goddess Hiiaka conquered the lizard Mokolii whose tail became the islet, which was later called Papale Pake (China Hat) by Chinese immigrants who arrived in Hawaii to work on sugar plantations.
Need to Know
Camping is allowed at Kualoa Beach Park with a county permit (no charge).
Restrooms, showers, picnic areas, phones.
Kualoa Regional Park is located along on Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 83) in Kualoa.