Kualoa means "long ancestral background" in Hawaiian, and is a fitting name for this Regional Park. The park itself was once a sacred town, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach below the high-tide line, meaning the ocean side of the line marked by debris and seaweed.
Once you arrive at this regional park, you'll find plenty of parking, restrooms, and ocean and mountain views for miles. One of the main features of this park is the view of the nearby Mokoli'i Island from the beach. This island is located about 600 yards off-shore. According to legend, the island is the tail of a large dragon. It also has the nickname "Chinaman's Hat" because it has the slight resemblance of a coolie's hat. Some people kayak, paddle, or even try to swim to the island during low tide. Swimming back can be hazardous, because the currents can be unpredictable. If you decide to paddle or kayak out with your canine, don't forget the doggy life jacket!
The beach itself is narrow, and there are some rocky patches that make it a poor beach for swimming. The best place to cool off and take a dip is at the south end of the beach, near a stone barrier. This is also where you'll find two ancient Hawaiian fish ponds. Overall, it's a great place to take a stroll along the beach, take a splash and enjoy some breathtaking scenery with your best pal.
Dogs will continue to be welcome at Kualoa Regional Park, as long as they stay leashed and below the high-tide line. Please bring along some waste bags, stoop and scoop when necessary, and make sure your pal has plenty of fresh water and shade.
Kualoa Regional Park is a woofderful place to take in some of Hawaii's history and classic ocean scenery with your four-legged friend.