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Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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  • Kahe Beach.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Kahe Point cliffs near the beach picnic area.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Kahe Point cliffs near the beach picnic area, no swimming here.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Kahe Beach Park picnic area with covered patio.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Kahe Beach park has bathrooms and freshwater showers.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Entrance to the small beach is down some coral rock steps.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • The beach is not wide, but it is usually crowded.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Plenty of parking if you arrive early.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Snorkeling is the most popular activity at the beach.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Submerged features used to mark the outflow pipes from the nearby power plant.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Submerged features have schooling grunts.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • The reef is teeming with life beyond the shallows.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Divers frequent the beach as it makes for an interesting shore dive with the proper training and guide.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • There are many urchins beyond the shallows, so bring flotation devices to avoid stepping on the reef.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • Schools of fish are often seen off the beach.- Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
  • - Kahe Beach Park / Electric Beach
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Pros: 
Marine life. Snorkeling. Diving. Picnics.
Cons: 
Crowded. Noisy. Adjacent to the highway.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Kahe Beach Park, also known as Electric Beach, is a small, sandy beach located on the western Waianae coast an hour from Honolulu. It is a popular destination, especially on weekends, where picnickers, body boarders, snorkelers, and scuba divers all flock to enjoy the tropical waters and abundant marine life. There is a designated parking lot, and it does fill up during peak hours. Extra parking along the grass has been observed, but it is not recommended. There are bathroom facilities, a covered picnic patio, and freshwater rinse stations. The beach itself is narrow, which can focus some of the wave energy; however, beyond the shallows and breaking waves there is an extensive reef system parallel to shore that is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving as well. Directly out from the beach are two massive outflow pipes that deliver hot water from the nearby power plant (hence the name, Electric Beach). This warm water attracts many schooling and tropical marine fish as well as turtles, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional pod of dolphins. Electric Beach is also a popular tourist destination, as boat charters can often be seen mooring by the outflow pipes. 

Check the surf/surge reports before entering the water as wave swell can be large and dangerous at times. Avoid the outflow water discharge, as it can forcefully push weaker swimmers far from shore.

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