Anahola Beach Park
Anahola is known as the most Hawaiian of all communities on Kauai, so Anahola Beach Park is definitely a locals' hangout, especially for families with small children. A child's first birthday is considered a big bash (including rented tents, picnic tables, and catered luau food) for family and friends in Hawaii, and this is a popular location for the celebration. The shallow and calm water at the beach road's end is tucked behind a curving finger of land and perfect for young ones. As the beach winds closer to the river mouth, there's less protection and a shore break favorable for body boarders if the trades are light or kona (south) winds are present. Children like to frolic in the river, and pole fishermen often set up at the river mouth. On Tuesday around 5 pm, you might catch Puna Dawson's hula halau (school) meeting. She welcomes visitors to watch and participate. If you come at sunrise, the view of Kalalea Mountains with the Anahola River trailing in front of it makes for a good photographic opportunity. Amenities: parking; lifeguards; showers; toilets. Best For: swimming; partiers; snorkeling; surfing.