Which is better? A day at the beach with your dog or a day of surfing and sand castles? In Hawaii, you can have both! There are many beaches across Hawaii that allow dogs, however for the most part these beaches require that your dog to stay on a leash.

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Dog Beach Rules

Dogs love the ocean and sand so it’s an awesome experience. But there are some rules that you need to follow. First off, many beaches do not allow either dogs or people before sunrise or after sunset. They also can’t be off-leash in public parks and other places where food is served.

You should expect that dog beaches in Hawaii require the dogs to be leashed at all times while on the sand unless there are signs posted that say otherwise. All of the largely populated islands including Maui and Oahu strictly require that all dogs remain on leashes, and others can report off-leash dogs to the authorities.

However, dogs can be off-leash if they are actively swimming or playing in the ocean. The owners just need to be present and monitoring their dogs at all times. Using a life jacket for your dog is also highly recommended, as the ocean currents can be extremely strong on certain beaches. Dogs should also stay below the high-tide line if indicated, which is often marked by seaweed.


Here are some of the best dog-friendly beaches on the island of Oahu:

Lanikai Beach

Dogs are required to be on leash at all times, however it is a popular place to bring dogs so that they can meet and greet one another.

Kailua Beach

Dogs are required on leashes at this beach, however it is a great place to bring your dog as the water here is quite calm.

Hunakai Beach

A great place to walk your dog, and only a short drive from Honolulu.

Aukai Beach

Kaipapau Beach

Kakela each

Makeao Beach


Here are some of the best dog-friendly beaches on Maui:

Kalepolepo Beach Park

Baldwin Beach Park

Makena State Park

Launiupoko Beach Park

Kenolio Park


Big Island

Here are some of the best dog friendly beaches on the Big Island:

Kona Dog Beach

Kahalu’u Beach Park

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Mahana Beach

Carlsmith Beach Park

Onekahakaha Beach Park



Polihale Beach State Park

Maha’ulepu Beach