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Beach ID: 74

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is also known as

Sherwood Forest


Kaulana o Waimanalo Famous is Waimanalo

I ka pali o Makapuu For the cliffs of Makapuu

I ke kai hawanawana For the whispering sea

Hoopuni ia e na pali. Surrounded by cliffs.

“Kaulana o Waimanalo” by Sam Naeole

Waimanalo Bay, lined by the longest sand beach on windward O’ahu, is three miles wide. Bellows Field Air Force Station occupies the north half of the bay. In July 1966, seventy-six acres at the south end of Bellows were transferred to the State. This section of Bellows had been abandoned as a military recreational site in favor of the north end of the station in the 1950s. Heavily wooded with ironwood trees, this area became a popular spot for stripping stolen cars and other illegal activities once the military left. The activities of the gang that used the woods were compared with those of Robin Hood and his Merry Men in England, so local residents began calling the area Sherwood Forest. Today, the park is officially known as Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, but most beach goers still call it Sherwood Forest or Sherwoods.

The beach fronting the park is long, wide, and sandy. A shallow sandbar at the water’s edge provides good waves for bodysurfing and bodyboarding. A typical windward beach, Sherwoods has an interesting array of marine life, including crabs and the stinging jellyfish, Portuguese man o’war. See the lifeguards for severe stings.

This description is from John R. K. Clark's Beaches Series: Beaches of Oʻahu, Beaches of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau, Beaches of Maui County, and Beaches of the Big Island published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing beach descriptions for use on this site.
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