About Beaches in Hawaii

By Hawaiian law, all beaches must be open to the public. That does not mean anyone is required to make them accessible, however, and a hotel can prohibit you from walking through its tea salon to get to the beach even if you would be allowed to be on the beach if you teleported in.

Look for marked beach access paths and when you do cut through a hotel lobby (as everyone does) try not to leave a huge trail of sand and wet goo and no one will bother you. The exceptions might be the Royal Hawaiian hotel (see snooty comments above) or, on weekends, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, which hosts Japanese weddings and fancy receptions in the lobby where you'd need to walk. Our kids loved to see the weddings however, so there is non-sandy fun there as well.

Most beaches do not have vendors on them selling stuff. Hotels are just a skip away, however, and you can always find a place to eat or buy (expensive) cold drinks. The beach in front of Uluniu Avenue, near the police station, has a big surf and boogie board rental facility. The beach near Kapahulu Avenue has a stand that rents snorkel gear.

There are two catamarans that pull up right on to the beach and offer rides. These are usually expensive, like $15-20 a person, but you can negotiate if business is slow and we saw them agree in some cases that "kids" could ride free if Mom and Dad paid. Some offer alcoholic drinks either for more money or included, and the boys who crew the boats seem to spend some not inconsiderable efforts trying to pick up young women aboard their boat, so decide if that is appropriate for your family before you board. Daytime cruises have less of this stuff than the sunset and early evening type. Prices change if the weather is good/bad, the beach busy/slow, the sunset sooner/later and the like.

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