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Mola'a Bay

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Mola'a Bay

We want to stay part of our time on the N. Shore this summer. It's down to Hanalei or Haena area and Mola'a Bay. Mola'a is more North East, and at first I had my heart set on Hanalei/Haena. But the place in Mola'a looks wonderful; downside is it's more expensive than the place in Hanalei, and it'd be a drive each day to Ke'e Beach, Tunnels, Hanalei and all that. How is Mola'a Bay? We are a family with big kids and spend our time body surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, a little surfing, swimming, hiking, resting. So does Moloa'a tend to be too rough for kids (or adults even)? Anything else I should know about that area?

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Its a beautiful spot but might be off the beaten track with kids.

Being in Hanalei would allow them to walk into town for coffee, ice cream, food etc.

Boogie boarding will not be great on the North Shore. Maybe Kealia Beach on the eastside.

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If you want to boogie board at Kealia, Moloa`a Bay is about 20 minutes away. There's a calmer area for swimming, too. Anini Beach is only about 15 minutes away.

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I don't think we've been to Kealia Beach, we'll look into that, thanks!

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Kealia Beach is very pretty. Lots of surfers there, and it's guarded. No shade to speak of, though. Pretty good parking, and facilities at the north end.

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Kealia is terrific but the currents can be bad in spots. It is truly a locals beach. Weekends can be crazy busy (mostly with Kapaa locals). Nights are fun to watch the bonfires and boogie boarding is excellent here. Stay near the lifeguards.

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Moloa'a is gorgeous and my teenagers loved the beauty as much as we did, but it's remote. I think Hanalei is a better choice if you're interested in them being on foot and roaming a bit.

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7. Re: Mola'a Bay

Kalihiwai Beach is also good for boogie boarding. Kealia Beach has always looked too rough for me.

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