Calm Beaches in Oahu | The Explorers at Kahana Bay


A Beach for Little Adventurers

Mila looked at me quizzically as she surveyed the beach. “Why did you take us to a beach with brown water, Mama?” True, the water often has a brown tinge as the rain from Kahana Valley empties into the bay, but it’s perfect for exploring. She quickly forgot about the imperfect water when the first ghost crab was sited. Off the kids ran, dancing in circles to catch the tiny beasts.

We walked the length of the beach searching for the perfect stick – oh, so many sticks – and discovered silvery shells, rocks, and other treasures. Tiny fish danced in the stream outlet and kids screeched in delight on tree swings under the bridge.

If you’re lucky enough to visit at low tide, you can walk out to the adjacent fish pond for stunning views of the bay and mountains beyond.

Calm beaches in Oahu can be hard to find during winter swells, but Kahana Bay in windward Oahu is protected and stays mellow. The kids said it was the best beach ever (!!), but they often work in superlatives.

Personally, I love the beach because of the ample shade and oh so many prime hammock hanging trees. If you’re feeling adventurous you can paddle a kayak or board around the bay and even head upstream for your own jungle tour. And then head back to your hammock for some quality napping.

If you get hungry, head over to Waiahole Poi Factory for ono Hawaiian food. Save room for the Sweet Lady of Waiahole for dessert.

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