‘Anini Beach on Kaua‘i’s north shore is our favorite pick of Garden Isle beaches. Protected by the longest reef in the state, this two mile-long white sand beach is the tops for those looking for velvety sands, tranquil waters, and a private piece of Hawaiian paradise.
‘Anini Beach, Kaua’i History
An ancient Hawaiian settlement spanned the length of ‘Anini Beach. Missionary descendant Elsie H. Wilcox wrote in 1917, “The settlement then extended along the beach… and the grass-thatched houses were set in the midst of gardens of fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers.” Her writings also mention taro fields above the settlement. According to older residents, the original name was Wanini Beach. Two stories surround the name change. The first is that the “W” was inadvertently left off the sign when it was replaced; the other is that an irate Hawaiian-speaking resident believed the correct name was “Anini” and shot the “W” off of the sign.
‘Anini Beach Facilities
‘Anini Beach Kaua’i has parking, picnic tables, restrooms, drinking water, and showers. There’s plenty of shade; camping is allowed by permit.
‘Anini Beach Swimming Conditions
‘Anini Beach waters are almost always tranquil and clear. The snorkeling is quite good; however, be aware of a few break areas in the reef where the current can be strong. ‘Anini is also a popular windsurfing spot, and is a great place to learn the sport. As with all Hawaiian beaches, check the current conditions and pay heed to all posted signs regarding ocean conditions and safety.
How to Get There
From Līhuʻe, take Highway 56 north past Kapaʻa and Kīlauea. Between mile markers 25 and 26 is Kalihiwai Rd. Turn right on Kalihiwai, continue for one mile to ‘Anini Road. Turn left then go 1.2 miles. ʻAnini Beach Park will be on your right.