Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Lying at the far eastern end of the Kamehameha Highway is one of the jewels of Molokai - Halawa Beach Park. 

With its unbelievably beautiful location at the bottom of the Halawa Valley, nestled by green and red cascading hills, the park is made up of a picnicking area along with two adjacent bays and the endpoint of the Halawa Stream where it flows into the ocean.

The park area has a sloped lawn set beneath a canopy of palm trees. Several picnic tables, including a small covered pavilion area, are available for public use, along with a bathroom. Ruins of old historic buildings can be seen peeking through the surrounding brush, as the area's wildness seems to encapsulate all around here.

Beyond the park is a gravel parking area beside the stream and in view of the westernmost of the two bays, Kama'alaea Beach. Those who walk to the sea, or take a shortcut through an archway of brush, will reach the sands of the easternmost of the bays, Kawili Beach. 

During the summer months, both sand beaches tend to have gentle waves, making for ideal swimming. During the winter months, prevailing tides tend to make the waters on this end rough, so the tides can be dangerous. Though locals will take to the waters during these months to surf those heightened inflow.

There is a lot of space here to wander around, and the distance from anything else on the island ensures that the area stays pretty quiet. 

Halawa Beach Park is open daily from 7am to 7pm. There are bathrooms with sinks, however the water is not drinkable. Reaching the park requires driving down a narrow winding road - travel cautiously. There is no phone signal available at this remote end of the island.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful. No crowds. Different areas to explore.

Cons

Requires a very windy drive on narrow road.

Features

Vault toilet
Historically significant
Wildlife
Fishing
Big vistas
Shelters
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Wildflowers
Covered picnic areas
Potable water

Location

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