Lanikai Beach is north of Bellows Beach and south of Alala Point in Kailua. It is one of the most photographed beaches in Hawaii, so you’ll definitely get a few ideal shots for your scrapbook. Lanikai means “sea heaven”. If you ever witness one of its sunrises, or especially moonrises, you’ll see that it has earned its name.
The soft, white sand seems to massage your toes as it sifts between them. No wonder Lanikai Beach has been often voted one of the best beaches in Hawaii. This is what used to be a hidden gem is no longer a well-kept secret so it does get crowded on the weekends and holidays. It is only accessible through a neighborhood public beach access and parking on the street is limited. On windy days, Lanikai Beach is great for windsurfing and kite boarding.
During calm conditions this is a marvelous place to ocean kayak. The Mokulua Islands, Moko Nui and Moko Iki, are 3/4 of a mile offshore. The Mokulua Islands are a favorite destination by kayak when conditions are favorable. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the islands. Spend the day exploring or just kicking back with a few necessities on these little offshore getaways.