Twelve and a half miles north of Ko Olina, and just north of Waianae along Farrington Hwy, is Makaha Beach. This park is located right off of the road, so it would be hard to miss. Makaha Beach is an incredible wide white sandy hunk of pure heaven.
Makaha Beach is a large, half-moon shape with reef formations on the northern and southern points. The beach is large enough that even though it’s quite popular, there is always plenty of room. But shade seekers won’t find any here -- only Sun. There are restrooms, picnic areas, showers, and a lifeguard.
Swimming at Makaha Beach is better in the summer months, as northwest winter swells bring expert surfing conditions to Makaha. It is best left to the experienced surfers, since this is one of those waves that may looktamer enough, but really packs a wallop. Waves can reach heights of 25 feet. Makaha Beach Park is the location of the “Buffalos Big Board Contest” in honor of legendary Makaha lifeguard and surfer, Richard Buffalo Kealana. This contest occurs annually featuring early-day wooden boards, tandem surfing, and canoe surfing. It is a blast to witness.
At Kepuhi Point to the north end of Makaha Beach, there is a blowhole to discover. Kepuhi means “blowhole”. You’ll find the blowhole at the end of a public right-of-way on Makau Street. Makaha Beach is one of Oahu’s most popular dive sites. When the ocean is calm, Kepuhi Point is a popular dive site with ledges, arches, and canyons. If you can kick out about 200 yards offshore you can scuba the Makaha Caverns.