Malaekahana

Malaekahana beach
This campground is widely recommended by locals as a place to go for quiet, family camping. I would have to agree based on the research I’ve done so far. We camped for two nights this week and scouted out the best campsites for shelter from wind and sun. It was quiet, and we appreciated being able to park the truck right by our site (not possible at the neighboring state-run campground just south of this one). We were about 100 yards from the beach and could hear the constant waves hitting the shore. It was quite windy, but apparently that is normal for this time of year (Mar/Apr). It is very rainy during Dec-Feb. We had to literally stake everything down (including paper plates holding pancakes!) or they would blow away, much to the delight of the chickens scrounging for some treats.

I would recommend sites 2A or 2B, and 3F or 3G for shelter and quiet. 2A is right next to the beach but behind some sandalwood so you do get shelter from the sun and blowing sand. 2B is the same, but about 50 yards from the beach. Both are close to the bathrooms. 3F and G are in a little stand of ironwoods on a slight rise so you can actually see the ocean but are protected from the wind. You’re not as close to the bathrooms, though. See the campground website for the latest prices and availability. There are also cabins and yurts with electricity if you prefer. The cabins are in fairly rough shape – there must not be enough resources to upgrade them and the rustic look has a certain charm for people who want to camp, but not “rough it” in a tent.

Overall – we had a great time and look forward to returning. This is a nice way to explore the North Shore without having to spend a bundle on accommodations. Our toddler enjoyed running around in a large grassy area, and the sites are quite large. We appreciated the quiet after some previous camping experiences during which we found ourselves adjacent to 40 drunk Marines blaring Metallica. The camp office noted that the large chicken population here keeps the centipedes under control – the chickens gobble them down live, regardless of how large they are! Indeed, this is quite reassuring!

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