Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a neighborhood within Kailua, on the windward coast of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Lanikai means “heavenly sea” in the Hawaiian language. Lanikai’s clear, calm water is perfect for people who are interested in relaxing and taking the kids. The sand is so fine, you’ll probably end up taking some home. The beach is only 0.5 miles long, but is adjacent to Kailua beach. If you come to Lanikai early enough, you’ll find men and women practicing on their canoes as well as early morning joggers.
Keep in mind, the beach itself is public property, and unlike many other beaches in Hawai’i, it’s not a county beach, so there is no public parking or facilities like restrooms and showers.
Because of it’s prime easterly position, sunrise looks beautiful against the Pacific backdrop looking outward toward the two islands called Mokulua Islands. Mokulua, in Hawaiian, means “two islands.” They are also commonly known as “The Moks.” The larger island (on the left when looking from Lanikai) is Moku Nui and the smaller, Moku Iki, is a Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary. By law, people are permitted from going on the islands.