Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Named for the massive alluvial fan that slices into the massive mountains behind it, it’s now known among visitors and locals as Thousand Peaks because there’s hardly a break between each set of waves. Because of this, the popularity of Ukumehame derives from beginner to intermediate surfers and boogie boarders who find the gentler, more frequent waves beneficial for learning. Likewise, the shallow bottom and the proximity of the break to shore add to the friendliness of the area to surfers. Oftentimes, on busy weekend mornings, you'll find a pop-up kiosk on-site renting surf boards, boogie boards, and stand-up paddleboards.

Similar to nearby Papalaua Beach Park, this one is relatively unpopular with swimmers due to the rocks, though you’ll nearly always find fishermen here casting into the break. In the distance, you’ll likely see snorkel and scuba boats floating around, exploring the colorful coral gardens. Unfortunately, its conditions almost always pose too much of a challenge to swim. 

Landscaped with ironwood trees, the beach itself is typically more dead grass than sand and peppered with thorny kiawe trees. The far east end of the beach is a no-go zone—careless campers have discarded glass and other garbage on the beach. The far west end is prettier and sandier, though still relatively small. Arrive in the morning before before the trade winds pick up; Ukumehame is relatively exposed and takes the brunt of the breeze. Likewise, you’ll have an easier chance of nabbing one of the 12 parking spots in the lot or one of the eight additional spots that line the highway. The park’s scant amenities include a restroom, several picnic tables, and a few barbecues.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Turquoise waters. Relatively quiet. Decent surf break.

Cons

Adjacent to the highway.

Features

Fishing
Picnic tables
Surfing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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