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Kahana Bay

Surrounded on three sides by the majestic Koolau Mountains, Kahana Bay is one of Oahu's best kept secrets. It is located on the windward side of the island, opposite Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park. The secluded beach, bay, and stream at Kahana Bay is truly one of Hawaii's gems. This is the site for the filming of several movies and TV shows including LOST, Hawaii 5-0, The River, and The Last Resort. If you are looking for a quiet beach on the island, spend a day at Kahana Bay Beach Park. The water is generally calm and safe to swim in. The calm water of the stream makes it a perfect place for stand up paddling. The stream flows into the bay and in this stream is where our adventure begins.

This boat was built by the film crew for use in TV
series The River filmed in the area


The crescent shores of Kahana bay are set against a beautiful backdrop of beach pines and the steep Koolau Mountains. The sandy beach is a great spot for sunbathing, and the pine trees provide excellent shade for those hot Oahu days.

Be sure to check out the natural fishpond draining into Kahana Stream. 

The fishpond is one of the few surviving ancient Hawaiian fishponds and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The fishpond is named Huilua Fishpond.

A lot of times paddlers can watch paragliders while paddling. The paragliders hike up the mountain, jump off, and land on the beach right by the parking lot. It is beautiful to watch them while paddling!

The rarity of such an un-crowded beach on Oahu makes Kahana Beach Park one of the nicest beaches on the island.

Parking is plentiful and restroom and shower facilities are available.

"You will feel like you are paddling down the Amazon."

This location, by far, is the safest, and easiest location on all of Oahu to learn stand up paddle. The waters are very shallow, which makes it child friendly. The bay has an all sand bottom... so there is no chance of getting cut up on coral. In our opinion, it is also the most beautiful location on Oahu!


From Waikiki take H-1 west to the Likelike exit. Follow the Likelike for 7 miles and turn left onto HI-83. Follow HI-83 for 14 miles. Beach is located directly opposite Kahana State Park.


Kahana beach can also be easily reached by Bus from Waikiki or Honolulu. 

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