Waimanalo is a hidden gem of the island of Hawaii that is not often visited by tourists. Its proximity to Honolulu is attributed to this. However, if you find yourself looking for a quieter, slower pace to enjoy while on the island, Waimanalo has the most beautiful 3-mile beach you will find on this side of the island. Your dog will enjoy the soft, white sand and cool blue waters. You can see straight through this beach and your dog may even try to chase a fish or two while you swim! Make sure you check out the Bellow’s Beach Park just a few minutes north to get more of this breathtaking scenery during your visit to Hawaii.
Dog owners traveling to Waimanalo should know that the nearest animal hospital is about one hour into the center of the island. You will love the quiet here as there are usually very few tourists on this side of the island. The Waimanalo Beach Park attracts the most attention in this area due to the location of food trucks and eateries surrounding the park. Any of the surrounding beaches will offer you and your dog miles of beautiful sun and surf to enjoy the day in peace.
Central Waimanalo is home to the well-loved Waimanalo Beach Park. After a day of splashing and swimming with your canine companion, you can head over to Ono’s Steak and Shrimp Shack for a substantial sit-down meal on their outdoor patio. If you are looking for a lighter meal you can enjoy with your dog, check out the Hawaiian Island Café, where you can get food and coffee or tea made fresh for you. The Waimanalo State Park can be found further up the beach, where you can explore trails designed for easy access with your dog. Pack a good leash and harness, waste bags, towels, and Frisbees for a full day of beach fun!
Kailua will give you the feel of a bustling town without the stress of city living found outside of the island. Kailua is just a twenty-minute drive from Waimanalo. Travelers with pets will appreciate the multitude of dining options for those traveling with dogs through this neighborhood. With more than 15 restaurants and food trucks where you can get food with your dog, you will love the variety found in this area. With everything from Indian and Hibachi to the well-known island chain Teddy’s, you will find something for everyone traveling with you when it is time to eat.
Mokapu is another town about twenty minutes from Waimanalo. When you arrive here, you will immediately be struck by the beauty of the bountiful shoreline. Make sure you packed a good leash and plenty of towels, as your dog will most likely be ready to make a paw-line straight for the water! You will enjoy the many green fields here where you can throw a tennis ball around with your furry bud until you get hungry and head to the Papa John’s Pizza or the McDonald’s for a quick bite in their outdoor area. If your dog likes to sail, you can find a local boat rental at the MCBH Marina.
Kaneohe is a larger neighborhood located approximately 30 minutes north of Waimanalo that spans through five local parks and one local beach. You can bring your dog with you throughout the city with a good leash and plenty of waste bags to help keep the town beautiful. Your dog will love running all over the Kaneohe beach park. Dogs can go off-leash here and most spend their time chasing waves (or trying to eat them) by the shore. When you need a break from the sun and a bite to eat, you can go over to Haleiwa Joe’s or Pacifico Pizza for a tasty meal that you can even share with your dog!
Hawaii Kai is 30 minutes south of Waimanalo and is well worth the drive for its huge parks and pawesome beaches. You can start your adventure in this neighborhood by getting breakfast at The Shack Hawaii Kai. Here, you will find comfort food that will get you ready for the main attraction that your dog will appreciate: the Hawaii Kai Dog Park. This fenced in park allows for leash-free shenanigans that will entertain you both for hours. When you feel ready for some water, you can head to the Maunalua Bay Beach Park, where you can unpack your towels, waste bags, books and snacks for a care-free afternoon.