Lydgate Beach Park
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Lydgate Beach Park information
A narrow stretch of windswept blond sand strewn with driftwood can entertain restless kids of all ages, all afternoon. There's generally safe swimming to be found in two pools inside a protected breakwater, and beginner snorkeling too. Other amenities include two big playgrounds, game-sized soccer fields, a paved recreational path, picnic tables and pavilions, restrooms, outdoor showers, drinking water and lifeguards.
To get here, turn makai (seaward) on Kuhio Hwy between mile markers 5 and 6.
At the park's northern end, multifeatured Kamalani Playground is a massive 16,000-sq-ft wooden castle with swings, a volcano slide, mirror mazes, an epic suspension bridge and other kid-pleasing contraptions.
Beware of the open ocean beyond the protected pool – it can be rough and dangerous, with strong currents, huge waves, sharp coral and slippery rocks.