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Dog Friendly Beaches of Hawaii

A while ago, we asked our Instagram followers to submit photos of their dog enjoying their favorite beaches in Hawaii with #pawsinthesand. We received a lot of entries and adored each and every one. Thank you to all who shared their favorite beach to play in the ocean, run, sit, or dig in the sand. Joey and Bugz also shared their favorite beach pics! Read on to find your next favorite dog friendly beach in Hawaii when cruising along the shores of any of the four major Hawaiian islands.

Remember to scoop the poop and keep our beaches clean. Bring enough water, snacks, and poopie bags for both you and your pup(s). Keep out of direct sunlight during peak hours between 10:00am to 3:00pm. Keep your dog on a leash in areas of busy foot or vehicle traffic until reaching a safer area. Remove your dog at the first sign of aggressive behavior. Mahalo for your kokua.

Instagram followers loved these beaches on Oahu:

  • Kailua Beach, East Side - popular stretch of white-sand beach, super crowded on the weekends
  • Lanikai Beach, East Side - next to Kailua Beach where pups like @gwen_pie and @lilyshawaiianbucketlist love to splash around and run up and down the long sandy coastline



  • Waimanalo, East Side - Joey doesn't mind being buried in the sand by Coral here while Bugz digs for sand crabs. *Watchout for jellyfish or portuguese man'o war's along the high tide line.


  • Ewa Beach Park, Leeward Side - one of @rockythehawaiianpup's favorite spots


  • Iroquois Point, Leeward Side - enjoyed by furiends like @konatheislandpup


  • Diamond Head Beach - one of our fav places to take our dogs and Coral for a quick dip and a short hike to and from the beach. Park alongside the road and walk down the paved path towards the showers. Watch your step on the sand for random rocks sticking up when the swells suck out the sand during the summer. No palm trees, so bring a pop-up tent like the one we use from Picnic Time on


  • "Sandy's" or Sandy Beach Park, East Side - don't swim out if in doubt. This beach is known for its heavy-pounding shore break and many have been injured or drowned. Good to just chill on the sand with your dog(s) and keiki (children).
  • Makaha, West Side - my ultimate fav surf break, great for bbqs, and wide stretch of beach for dogs to run back and forth. Unless, there's been some heavy waves and the sand got washed out during the summer and winter months.
  • "Yokes" or Yokohama Bay, West Side - don't leave any valuables in your car, rare tiger shark sightings, be aware of the current.
  • "Chuns" or Chun's Reef, North Shore - good luck with parking & crossing the busy two-lane street and don't touch the honu's (sea turtles).
  • Laniakea, North Shore - next beach northeast of Chuns, another great busy surf spot.
  • Sunset Beach, North Shore - the water gets deep quick so be careful not to float out to sea. This is another surf break for the advanced to pro-level surfer.
  • "Waimeas" or Waimea Bay Beach Park, North Shore - favored by our Brand Ambassador's, @roku.and.lex
  • Banzai Beach or "Pipeline", North Shore
  • Ehukai (next to Pipeline), North Shore
  • Pokai Bay, Waianae (West Side) - one of our personal favs since the water is mellow and mostly sandy bottom (a few random big rocks). Too bad some people don't pick up their opala (trash) though. It's best to keep your dog(s) on a leash here since it's a busy beach.

Also, see the Hawaiian Humane Society of Oahu's list of dog friendly beaches.

Their favorites on the Big Island:
  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau - "City of Refuge." @alohapups writes, "There is a sandy beach (aka 2 step) for avid doggie swimmers and tide pools for doggies like us who just like to get their paws wet. There are also fishing areas, a picnic area and numerous hiking trails along the beach/park. The park ranger at the entrance also gives out doggie treats!" Sounds like an awesome beach for the whole family!


  • LST Landing, Kawaihae - calm waters thanks to a long jetty perfect for taking your doggie paddleboarding like @lavadogs808


  • Anaeho'omalu Beach, northwest - also known as "A-Bay" and embellished with palm trees. It was once a thriving fishing village with royal fishing ponds. A very historical place with heiau (sacred temples) and petroglyphs. Great for snorkeling, wind surfing, and cruising along the beach.
  • Kapalaoa Beach, northwest - just south of Anaeho'omalu Beach

Where to get their fur salty on Kauai:

Kauai visitors & locals, send me your dog beach pics for a feature! Email them to with a short description and name of the beach. Mahalo!

  • Mahaulepu, southeast - varying coastline consisting of tidepools, lava tubes, sandstone cliffs and blowholes. Great for the adventurer, but not for swimming
  • Poipu Beach, South Shore - great for the whole family with two sections of beach separated by a tombola, or narrow sand spit leading to an island, known as Nukumoi Point.
  • Waimea Beach, West Side - rare black sand beach great for watching sunsets, fishing, and strolling with your furry pal or loved one.
  • Lydgate Beach Park, East Side - great for the whole family with its picnic tables, snorkeling and swimming due to calm waters within two protected lagoons.
  • Anahola Beach, East Side - sandy bay protected by an outer reef with campsites nearby and hidden from the main road.

Expect sandy paws on Maui here:

Maui visitors & locals, send me your dog beach pics for a feature! Email them to with a short description and name of the beach. Mahalo!

  • Kaanapali Coast - a bustling wide stretch of sandy beach along the northwest tip of Maui lined with restaurants and hotels in varying price ranges. You can also cruise on a catamaran like this lucky pup, @theadventuresoflani!


  • Ali'i Kahekili Nui Ahumanu Beach Park or "Kahekili" Beach - just north of Black Rock along the Ka'anapali coast. Golden sand, picnic & bbq areas, boardwalk, showers, and public restrooms. Great for swimming, snorkeling or paddleboarding.
  • Oneloa or "Long Sand" aka Ironwoods Beach - about a quarter mile long stretch of sandy beach that lies along the Kapalua coast where the Ritz Carlton and Kapalua resort are located. Watchout for heavy shorebreak and rip currents during the winter/north swells.
  • Kapalua Bay - just south of Oneloa beach. The c-shaped cove of the bay provides some shelter from the wind and waves. So, humans can go snorkel while doggies get to play in the sand.
  • D.T. Fleming Beach, northwest - be weary of currents and surf during North (winter) swells. Great beach for picnics, frisbee, and digging for sand crabs!
  • Baldwin Beach Park, northshore - long, white-sand beach great for the whole family

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If there are any other dog friendly beaches on any of the outer Hawaiian islands you would like to add, feel free to comment below and/or email me pics with a short description to I'll be happy to update the information accordingly. I hope you and your doggie's enjoy your time on the islands and visit again soon. Don't forget to follow @islanddoggie on Instagram and Facebook for updates and the latest products.

Warmest aloha,

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