Kahala Beach is one of the most popular areas for beach weddings on Oahu because of its beautiful sandy beach interspersed with palm trees and a cute little island right offshore. Unfortunately the ocean at Kahala Beach isn’t as great as the beach.
The water here is too shallow for swimming and it’s rocky due to the reef almost immediately offshore. Nonetheless, it’s okay for water activities such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding because those activities allow you to float over very shallow water.
Kahala Beach is also a passable snorkeling spot as long as you’re careful around the shallow sections of the reef and avoid scraping yourself on it. A few ways to avoid painful reef scrapes are to wear a tee shirt, some sort of water friendly shoes, and cheap lightweight gloves.
- Paddle boarding
- Walking on the beach
- Public bathrooms – No, but restrooms are available at the adjacent Wai’ale Beach Park at the intersection of Kahala and Kealaolu Avenues.
- Showers – No, but showers are available at the adjacent Wai’ale Beach Park at the intersection of Kahala and Kealaolu Avenues.
- Parking – Yes, in the residential area on Kahala Avenue by beach access points.
- Food – Yes, at the Kahala Resort & Hotel.
- Lifeguard – No.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – Yes, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Stand up paddle boards, kayaks, snorkel gear, boogie boards, and water rafts are available for rent at the section of the beach fronting The Kahala Hotel & Resort.
From Honolulu, take Interstate H1 East, Kalanianaole Highway, to exit 26B toward the Waialae-Kahala Business District. Turn right at Kilauea Avenue. Then almost immediately turn left at Makaiwa Street. Take the next left onto Moho Street. Then turn right onto Kealaolu Avenue. Drive for approximately half a mile and turn left onto Kahala Avenue. Look for beach access points and legal parking spots.
From Waikiki, take Kalakaua Avenue toward Diamond Head. Stay on this road all the way to Kahala (approximately 5.5 miles) even though the name of the road changes along the way to Diamond Head Road and then Kahala Avenue. Look for beach access points and legal parking spots.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin