Scenic Popular North Shore Beach – Gateway to Na Pali
This scenic and popular north shore beach has white sand, nice mountain views, pristine aquamarine water, and a large grassy area fronting the beach.
Trees provide plenty of shady places to relax and there are picnic tables and full facilities for camping. Haena Beach isn’t the best for recreational swimming, however, due to the seafloor’s sudden drop-off and the pounding shore break waves that often form when a swell is running. Surfing is sometimes good but only for those who are very experienced–beginners should visit a more protected area such as Hanalei Pavilions. Although there are two large reefs offshore to the east (Makua Reef) and to the west (Hauwa Reef), Haena Beach itself is not protected by a reef and thus is exposed to open ocean waves that can create dangerous conditions.
Sunbathing, beach walks, picnics, sunsets, beachcombing, and camping. (with a permit) Surfing and bodyboarding for those who are experienced only.
Vegetated sand dunes line the backshore of the beach and trees fronting the beach provide plenty of shady places to relax. Just across the road from the beach is the 300-foot-deep Maniholo Dry Cave which is fun to explore. A short walk along the beach to the east from Haena Beach leads to Tunnels beach which has great snorkeling. Backpackers often camp at Haena Beach Park before or after their journey to renowned Kalalau Valley which is reached by hiking the Na Pali Coast trail that begins at the end of the road about one mile west of the park.
Need to Know
Haena Beach Park should only be used for swimming when the water is very calm, which is typical during the summer months. Never go in the ocean during times of high surf or rough seas.
Restrooms, showers, picnic tables, campsites.
Haena Beach Park is reached by following Hwy. 560 west from Princeville past Hanalei and then almost to the end of the road. Haena Beach Park is located just before Mile Maker 9 right alongside the highway.