A Day at the Beach Park
If you’re looking to get away from the city and experience a beach that is a bit more “rural Hawaii,” Nanakuli Beach Park is a must-see. On any given day of the week you’ll find that the majority of beachgoers here are locals and with plenty of parking, huge grassy park areas, and a long, wide stretch of beach, it rarely feels over-crowded. Nanakuli Beach Park stretches across 40 acres and features several parking lots, picnic areas, a playground, plenty of grassy space for ball games, campsites, and the rambling, wild beauty of Oahu’s leeward coast. Growing up nearly a street away I spent most of my leisure time here.
As you quest into this subtle nature-built haven toward the beach; the sun will work it’s way up to the sky, distributing it’s powerful gleaming rays to everything at it’s sight. Mynabirds chirping gleeful songs of cheer, waves crashing upon the shoreline, children laughing and playing are just to name a few of the harmonious sounds that greet you at the entrance. As you strut down the cemented paved sidewalk you can sense the history of those that have walked the path before you. The sidewalk looked as though an stampede of water buffalo had teetered down it causing a great deal of cracks. Weeds flourished in the broad cracks, bringing splashes of unwelcome green to the rustic grey. Continuing on your venture into this scenic paradise both the all year round lush green grass, and hundreds of years old banyan trees will catch the attention of your nose; and your nostrils will detect the earthy aroma they exude.
In addition, to taking in the different scents of the environment you’ll pick up on the radiantly happy ambiance that the indigenous locals emanate. Most locals you find here; very much like myself, who have grown up in this area of the island, are so accustomed to that country like, easy going, aloha mind-set lifestyle that it reflects in our attitude towards everything we do. Causing us to have a positive outlook and overall possess a cheerful disposition. You’ll find that while making eye contact with those around you, you’ll also be effortlessly smiling from ear to ear. Your whole disposition will shift from whatever mood you were in before that. If you were happy before you’ll now be ecstatic.