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Moloa'a Beach

Moloaa Bay with rocky sand
Moloa'a Bay is another fabulous beach nestled in a 1/3 mile wide bay with good reef protection.  Once upon a time, the visitor was assured of having this spot of paradise all to themselves.  But starting in the mid 1990's homes have been developed along the beachfront very close to the sand.  Now you feel like you are swimming in someone's back yard.  You can get a less obtrusive feeling if you walk to the sides of the bay. 

The reef holds down the surf and offers nice snorkeling when seas are mellow.  The reef creates multiple shades of turquoise and blue.  There is good fishing.  Skilled locals manage to catch lobsters.  A meandering stream divides the beach into two strands of sand.  You'll see horses grazing on the nearby bluff. 

EXERCISE CAUTION.  As waves come over the reef and fill the bay with water, a strong current can exist in the channel where the water flows back to the sea.  Tragically, a swimmer lost his life in 2009.

Moloaa Bay looking North
--- Clean, sand mixed with rocks
--- White Sand
--- Scarce Parking
--- Small to surf
--- No vehicles on beach
--- 300 feet to next visitor

Moloaa Bay looking South
Directions  -- 30 min 16 miles --
Head east [left] from Princeville on Highway 56.  Take Koolau Road where it branches off Highway 56 near the 16 mile marker.  Go 1.3 miles and then turn onto Moloaa road.  Follow this road down the hill and to Moloaa Bay.  Park carefully to avoid blocking access for the residents.

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