Hawaii is home to many hidden little beaches to explore, and Pahipahialua Beach is one of them. This beach is located on O'ahu's North Shore, in the Kawela Bay neighborhood. The term Pahipahialua is Hawaiian for "double edged cutting instrument" and seems fitting for this piece of land jutting out into the ocean. The beach faces the west, and offers spectacular sunset views. It's a pawrific place to enjoy some peace and solitude near the ocean with your four-legged friend.
The beach is located just off the road at a turnout past Turtle Bay if you're heading west of Kamehameha Highway. What this beach lacks in facilities, it more than makes up for in tranquility. Unlike most in Hawaii, this beach allows leashed dogs to enjoy all areas of the beach. It's nestled into a small grove of ironwood trees, where you and your pal can kick back and enjoy some solace from the sun. Pahipahialua Beach is also known for it's great beach combing opportunities, whereas many Oahu beaches tend to be a little barren in that regard.
What makes this beach unique is the islet just offshore. The lava shelf acts as a natural barrier to the surf, which leaves behind a shallow expanse of beach. This portion of the beach provides a safe place for small children and doggos to splash and explore. Your curious canine will love sniffing and scampering around the tide pools, just be sure they don't get their nose pinched by a crab!
There may not be much beach left to explore at high tide, so be sure to take a look at the tide table found online to prepare in advance. Doggos are totally welcome here, as long as they stay leashed, picked up after, and respectful to all other humans and creatures. Bring along any beach essentials with you, including water to drink and clean up bags.
Pahipahialua Beach is the perfect little hideaway to explore with your best pal.