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Kahana Bay Beach Park
 

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Kahana Bay Beach Park - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama of Kahana Bay on the east coast of Oahu. This picture was taken from a pier by the boat slip on the bay within Kahana Beach Park.

Kahana Bay Beach Park - FURTHER INFORMATION

Kahana Bay Beach Park - Oahu visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Kahana Bay Beach Park' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.

Kahana Bay is a beautiful bay on the east coast of Oahu in Hawaii at the head of Kahana Valley, surrounded by steep volcanic hills (Koolau Mountains). Around the back of the bay is a narrow beach, part of Kahana Bay Beach Park. The waters in the bay tend to be slightly cloudy due to run off from the Kahana Stream. To the north the coast rounds Makalii Point to Punaluu Beach Park. To the south is Mahie Point, above which is Crouching Lion Rock (Kauhiimakaoalani), a site sacred to Hawaiians. Beyond this are Makaua Beach Park and Kualoa Regional Park. Most tourists simply pass by Kahana Bay on their way to either Laie or Kaneohe.

Within Kahana Valley behind the bay is the Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park (formerly known as Kahana Valley State Park), covered in dense forest and supporting a large variety of plants and animals. The park rises up from sea level to the top of Pu'u Pauao (818m) and is the only ahupua'a on Oahu (an ahupua'a is a traditional land allotment running from mountain top to sea).

Within Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park are two hiking trails. The Kapa'ele'ele Ko'a and Keaniani Lookout Trail is an hour long loop through the valley. The other, Nakoa Trail, is about 2.5 miles each way through tropical rain forest fording Kahana Stream twice. This trail offers fantastic views over Kahana Bay.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Kahana Bay, beach park and state park, is about 7 miles south of Laie and 16 miles north of Kaneohe on the 83 (Kahekii) Hwy.



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