Waimanalo Beach is a 38-acre park with athletic fields and other facilities. Waimanalo means “potable water”. Waimanalo Beach boasts the longest white sandy beach on the windward side of Oahu, delightfully lined with ironwood trees. Because it was once a popular site for crimes resembling those of Robin Hood, the forest-like area backing the beach has acquired the local name of “Sherwood Forest”, or “Sherwoods”.
If you’re looking for shelter from the sun, Waimanalo Beach has prime spots in the shade and still supplies ample sun for the most serious of sunbathers. This windward-facing beach is known for wide stretches of golden white sand. It is a great beach for body boarding or simply playing in the small waves. Be aware that these waves can sometimes be a bit rough. The sandbar extends far out in the bay, so the water generally tends to be shallow most of the time. Summer is a favorite time to visit Waimanalo Beach.
At the north end of this 5-mile sliver of sand is Bellows Field Beach Park. Bellows Field Air Force Station and Bellows Beach Park, or just “Bellows”, is believed to be the spot where the first Japanese prisoner from World War II was captured. On July 4th, 1964, Bellows Field Air Force Station turned over 46 acres of beachfront to the State of Hawaii for use by the public on weekends and national holidays. Waimanalo Beach is now also a favorite camping spot on Oahu.