A paradise awaits visitors to the Friends of Malaekahana campground on the lush island of Oahu, Hawaii. Approximately 40 miles from the Honolulu Airport, off of Highway 83 (Kamehameha Highway), this gated 37 acre wooded beach park is located a short distance from the world famous surfing beaches of Oahu's north shore, including 'Pipeline' and 'Waimea Bay'. Make your reservations online, and enjoy the gentle waters of Malaekahana Bay, which are safe for all water sports, including boogie boarding and snorkeling, and whose beach is home to a population of endangered sea turtles.

An ideal campsite for a memorable Hawaiian vacation, Friends of Malaekahana offers 40 primitive campsites with picnic tables, fire pits and toilet facilities. Camping yurts with electricity sleep two to six people, and six beach houses are available to rent, with accommodations for up to 20 people. A three acre area is set aside for groups of 150 or more, with showers, portable toilets and a food preparation area, and the campground also features a four bedroom, three bath Pavilion, a great location for weddings and retreats.

Birders will find plenty of venues near the campsite, including the James Campbell National Refuge and the Moku Auia (Goat Island) Seabird Sanctuary, which is home to ten different species of seabird. The Polynesian Cultural Center features exhibits about the Hawaiian Islands, as well as the cultural history of Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and more, and a visit to the Turtle Bay Resort will provide access to fine restaurants and golf courses. Whether relaxing on the beautiful beaches, horseback riding, hiking or shopping, Friends of Malaekahana campground is the ideal setting for a trip to Oahu.

Directions:    Directions to Malaekahana (Kahuku Site) Campgrounds-
From Honolulu Airport...Proceed WEST on (H1) Waianae to (H3) Kaneohe exit. This will take you over the Koolau mountains, through the tunnels, And then take the first exit to (83) Kahekili. Follow Kahekili and it becomes Kamehameha Hwy. Stay on that Hwy. and you will pass Polynesian Cultural Center and town of Laie. Proceed towards Kahuku and look for telphone pole #33 or (white & blue sign) that says ENTER. Follow driveway to the first building which is the main office.

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  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • Internet Access
  • Ocean
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • ADA Accessible
  • Groups Welcome
  • Chapel Services
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
  • Discounts
  • Credit Crd Accepted




  • Beach
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Sailing/Windsurfing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Boat Ramp
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Biking - Road
  • Boating - Limited
  • Climbing
  • Dancing-Other
  • Education Activity
  • Family Activity
  • Golfing
  • Hang/Paraglide
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Driving
  • Scuba/Snorkeling
  • Sightseeing
  • Tennis

Recent Reviews

Camping Nirvana
100 % of users found this review helpful
I have returned here for the past 10+ years as an inexpensive alternative to revisit Hawaii! Once a resident for a decade back in the 80-90's, I have friends I visit each year but spending some nights and mornings on this beach is nirvana. Quiet, good security, great location, the stars are unbelievable, with no to low city backlighting. Look north at night and there is only Alaska way far away..... The campsite lots are NOT packed together with plenty of space between each. You do not need an alarm clock as the roosters will wake you (initially subtely) each morning. This IS north shore country! A 1 hr ride or less and you are in the heart of Waikiki on the south shore. Very little large development (hotels) gives this all a backcountry feel. Excellent north shore beaches and surf (Sunset, Pipeline and Ehukai are minutes away. Sharks Cove (beautiful area for the kids to play and swim protected)are a few minutes further down the road. Waimea Bay and Haleiwa with it's old town charm are just relaxing to behold. I many times do not leave the north shore for all it's country feel. If I want fast paced, Waikiki is the place to be with world class shops and restaurants and hotels. Malaekahana is perfect for the more rugged families that like camping outside with warm temps all year round. I recommend 110%!!
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Reviewed 11/07/2014
Not Recommended
100 % of users found this review helpful
BEWARE of staying at this park! My daughter was robbed of ALL of her belongings there!! Apparently law enforcement even admits that homeless transients often take up residence at this state park. TERRIBLE...
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Reviewed 01/13/2014