Kualoa Regional Park

Kualoa Regional Park information

Kualoa , USA
49-479 Kamehameha Hwy
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Huge extended-family groups gather for weekend picnics on the wide, grassy field that fronts the narrow white-sand beach here. There’s good swimming, with magnificent mountain scenery as a backdrop. Stroll south along the beach to ʻApua Pond , a 3-acre brackish salt marsh on Kualoa Point that’s a nesting area for the endangered aeʻo (Hawaiian stilt). Continue southwest down the beach and you’ll end up skirting the ancient Moliʻi Fishpond , its rock walls covered with mangroves. Tip: the pristine white-sand beach about a mile along is what Kualoa Ranch calls ‘Secret Island’, and charges a boatload to take you there – where you can walk for free. Just stay on the sand; all beaches are public on Oʻahu. During low tide, you’ll also see fisherfolk wading 1500ft (45 minutes) offshore toward Mokoliʻi Island (Chinaman’s Hat). If you go there, try to avoid disturbing the island’s burrowing seabirds.