"Fun with the Family"
Waimanalo Beach Park is a great place for learning how to bodysurf or boogieboard. The waves are small enough so you won’t get hurt but forceful enough to let you maneuver about. There are restrooms, a picnic area, a pay phone, and a lifeguard on duty. This is Oahu’s longest stretch of sandy, swimmable coastline—31⁄2 miles long. It’s a veritable paradise for beachcombers!
Just beyond Waimanalo Beach Park, look for the turnoff immediately after the McDonald’s. The sign for Sherwood Forest is small and difficult to see, but the beach is definitely worth a stop. The surf is calm, inviting, and a great place for the whole family. The waves aren’t big enough to surf, and the water is safe year-round for young children.
The only potential hazard here is the frequent appearance of Portuguese man-ofwars. Look around the shoreline for any that have washed up. They look like quartersize opaque bubbles with long, bluish tails. A sting is really no big deal and feels much like a bee sting, providing you have no serious allergic complications.
If there are no man-of-wars on the sand, then it’s a green light to jump in the water. If you do get stung, the quickest remedy is, believe it or not, meat tenderizer. In fact, most local beachgoing moms and dads always bring a bottle of meat tenderizer with them to the beach . . . just in case.