The Hawaiian Humane Society compiled a list of dog-friendly beaches. Learn more about how the designation was determined. For a list of dog friendly parks, click here. Read more about heat exhaustion in dogs.
In order for the community to continue to support sharing the shoreline with dogs, great care must be taken to ensure responsibility and respect for all beach goers. Owners are responsible for their dog’s actions. The law requires that all dogs wear their county-issued license tag as identification and that pet waste must be disposed of. Violations can results in citations and fines issued by the police.
Dogs should never be left in cars unattended as temperatures can rise quickly. Call 911 to report any issue when people or animals are in immediate danger.
Beach Etiquette for Dog Owners
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- Take your dog home at the first sign of unfriendly behavior.
- Puppies and dogs should be vaccinated and healthy.
- Keep close supervision of your dog.
- Dogs in estrus/heat should be left at home.
- Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste.
- Ensure your dog wears his County-issued license.
Dog Safety at the Beach
- When taking your dog to the beach, make sure there is plenty of fresh water and shade.
- Dogs can get sunburned just like humans, so limit your dog’s exposure to the hot sun and apply a zinc-free sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
- Be careful not to let your dog spend too much time on hot sand or asphalt. Dogs can burn their feet just as easily as we can.
- Cool ocean water is very tempting to a dog. Don’t allow your dog to drink seawater. This can cause diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.
- Check with lifeguards for daily water conditions e.g. riptides. Dogs can be easy targets for jellyfish.
- Swimming is a great form of exercise for dogs, but don’t let them overdo it.
- Running on a beach is strenuous exercise. If your dog is out of shape, don’t encourage him to run on the sand.
- The beach can present many hazards for you dog. Things to watch our for include boats, fishhooks, dead fish, garbage, and broken glass. Lava rock can be very sharp and can easily cut your dog’s feet.
|ALLOWED on Leash in All Beach Areas|
|Gray’s (Halekulani) Beach||Waikiki|
|Kaalawai Beach||Diamond Head|
|Kahuku Golf Course Beach||Kahuku|
|Kaiwi Coastline (from the Alan Davis Ranch wall towards Makapu’u Point)
|Kaluahole Beach||Diamond Head|
|Kapaeloa Beach||North Shore|
|Kawela Bay Beach
|Kualoa Sugar Mill Beach
|Kuilima Cove Beach
|Mokuleia Army Beach||Mokuleia|
|Niu Beach||Niu Valley|
|Outrigger Canoe Club Beach||Waikiki|
|Pahipahialua Beach||North Shore|
|Turtle Bay Beach||North Shore|
|ALLOWED in Areas Below the High-tide Line
(Dogs can be on the ocean side of the debris line, which is often marked by seaweed.)
|Aweoweo Beach Park||Mokuleia|
|Barbers Point Beach Park||Barbers Point|
|Camp Erdman Beach||Mokuleia|
|Chun’s Reef Beach||North Shore|
|Duke Kahanamoku (Fort DeRussy) Beach||Waikiki|
|Ewa Beach Park||Ewa Beach|
|Haleiwa Alii Beach Park||Haleiwa|
|Haleiwa Beach Beach Park||Haleiwa|
|Hau Tree Beach Park||Ewa Beach|
|Hauula Beach Park||Hauula|
|Hawaiian Electric Beach Park||Kahe|
|Kaaawa Beach Park||Kaaawa|
|Kahe Point Beach Park||Kahe|
|Kaiaka Bay Beach Park||Waialua|
|Kailua Beach Park||Kailua|
|Kaiona Beach Park||Waimanalo|
|Kalae Oio Beach Park||Kaaawa|
|Kalama Beach Park||Kailua|
|Kaunala Beach||North Shore|
|Kaupo Beach Park||Waimanalo|
|Kawaikui Beach Park||Aina Haina|
|Keaau Beach Park||Makaha|
|Kokololio Beach Park||Hauula|
|Kualoa Regional Park||Kualoa|
|Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park||Kualoa|
|Kuliouou Beach Park||Kuliouou|
|Laie Beach Park||Laie|
|Laniakea Beach||North Shore|
|Lualualei Beach Park||Waianae|
|Maili Beach Park||Maili|
|Makaha Beach Park||Makaha|
|Makapuu Beach Park||Kokohead|
|Makaua Beach Park||Kaaawa|
|Mauna Lahilahi Beach Park||Waianae|
|Mokuleia Beach Park||Waianae|
|Nanakuli Beach Park||Nanakuli|
|Oneula Beach Park||Ewa Beach|
|Papailoa Beach||North Shore|
|Pokai Bay Beach||Waianae|
|Sandy Beach Park||Waimanalo|
|Sans Souci Beach||Waikiki|
|Tracks Beach Park||Waianae|
|Ulehawa Beach Park||Nanakuli|
|Waiahole Beach Park||Waiahole|
|Waialae Beach Park||Kahala|
|Waialee Beach Park||North Shore|
|Wailupe Beach Park||Kahala|
|Waimanalo Bay Beach Park||Waimanalo|
|Waimanalo Beach Park||Waimanalo|
|Waimea Bay Beach Park||Waimea Bay|
|ALLOWED in All Areas Below the Retaining Wall|
|Diamond Head Beach Park||Diamond Head|
|ALLOWED in All Areas Below the Seawall|
|Leahi Beach Park||Diamond Head|
|Laenani Park Beach||Kahaluu|
|Makalei Beach Park||Diamond Head|
|Swanzy Beach Park||Kaaawa|
|NO DOGS ALLOWED|
|Ala Moana Beach||Ala Moana|
|Banzai Beach||North Shore|
|Banzai Rock Beach Park||North Shore|
|Ehukai Beach||North Shore|
|Ehukai Beach Park||North Shore|
|Fort Kamehameha Beach||Hickam|
|Hickam Harbor Beach||Hickam|
|Kaena Point State Park Beach||Makua|
|Kahana Valley State Park Beach||Kahana|
|Kapiolani Park Beach||Waikiki|
|Ko Olina Lagoons||Kapolei|
|Kuhio Beach Park||Waikiki|
|Magic Island Beach||Ala Moana|
|Malaekahana State Park||Laie|
|Nimitz Beach||Barbers Point|
|Pupukea Beach||North Shore|
|Pupukea Beach Park||North Shore|
|Queen’s Surf Beach||Waikiki|
|Sand Island State Park Beach||Sand Island|
|Sunset Beach||North Shore|
|Sunset Beach Park||North Shore|
|Sunset Point Beach Park||North Shore|
|Waikiki Beach Center||Waikiki|
|Yokohama Bay Beach||Makua|