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Honokanai'a Bay, Kaho'olawe, Description:


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Honokanai'a Bay
Water Temperature Averages
Winter 77.1°F
Spring 78.9°F
Summer 81.2°F
Fall 79.5°F
Average Clarity Good
Honokanai'a Bay, Kaho'olawe, Is located on the southwest corner of the island. It has what appears to be a calcareous sand beach lining the bay. The area recently has had people surfing on the shallow sandbar reef, but another deeper reef exists and can throw large waves when big swells arrive at the island.

As a reminder, Honokanai'a Bay is not available to the general public. This area is being regenerated through the Hawaiian Ohana cleanup efforts, and the area is not safe for the general marine viewing public.

Honokanai'a Bay
Location Specifics
Parking No
Picnic Tables No
Shade Available No
Showers No
The Honokanai'a Bay area is also known as "Smugglers Cove", and earned this name during prohibition when rum and other liquor was transported through the region. The area at that time was somewhat of a distribution point for the illegal liquor industry, and several vessels ran afoul of the shoreline while attempting to distribute their wares.

Even further back, Honokanai'a Bay was rumored to be a distribution point for the opium trade that had its origins in China and the Far East. But the issues today, are much more straightforward and deal with the practical realities of attempting to rejuvenate an area that was one the keystones of life on Kaho'olawe.

Honokanai'a Bay is not available for touring, swimming, snorkeling or beachcombing. Please respect this beach, Honokanai'a Bay and the adjacent waters as per the nautical guidelines.
Yes Hawaiian Sand Facts
Yes Hawaiian Swimming Facts
Yes Hawaii Snorkel Facts
Yes Hawaiian Scuba Facts
Yes Hawaiian Surfing Facts
Yes Hawaiian SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Facts
Yes Hawaiian Boogie Board
Yes Hawaiian Beach Lifeguard Facts
Yes Hawaiian Beach Bathroom Facts
legend Yes Affirmative or "Yes".
A positive experience.
Yes Negative or "No".
A negative experience.
Yes Caution, Warning or Hazard.
Inquire on-sight for advisability.

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