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Laie Beach Park


The view to the South.

Laie is on the northern tip of Oahu. The beach faces Northeast. If you’ve ever been to the Polynesian Cultural Center you’ve been to Laie. It’s probably the city’s best known landmark. After hiking Pu’u Manamana, we cruised up here to check out the surf break “Pounders.” It’s a shore break that’s good for body surfing and body boarding. On this day it wasn’t too big but I hear the faces can get as big as 8 feet. Which would probably be why they call it Pounders.

There’s a lot to like about this beach. True, it’s far from town, but if you’re up in this area it’s worth dropping by. The shore break is fun to play in, it’s gorgeous and there’s even a nice little rock wall to climb on.


Like Waimanalo Beach, Laie Beach Park has a that forest feel to it. It’s nice to have shady areas mixed in with sun.


Here’s the break called “Pounders.” It’s just south of the beach park.


Looking north you can see the beach is pretty empty. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds of say Ala Moana or Sandy Beach, this is a nice option.

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If you’re a “townie” like me (that is, you live in Honolulu) Laie seems super far. But, I know people that commute to Laie 5 days a week for work. It’s worth the drive when you need to get away.

This story was last modified on May 18, 2013. (Originally published in June 2010.)

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