Pokai Bay

by Justin

Pokai is a popular local, water activities spot. This spot always has people enjoying the natural beauty of this bay, but it is especially busy on the weekends. Small boats can be found in the middle of the bay, divers can be found at the large rock wall that protects the bay. All of these items put together, make for a beautiful photographic location with many opportunities for a stupendous picture. Some of these opportunities are discussed below.

Sea Wall

Pokai Bay is protected by a sea wall on the south side of the bay. This wall is roughly 15 feet tall. Many people like to jump off this rock wall and into the ocean. This makes for an excellent action photograph, especially with the Waianae mountains in the background. You can also use the rock wall as a leading line or as a frame to your photograph.

On the south west point of Pokai Bay are tide pools. At this point, the waters are a lot rougher as compared to the bay. Be careful of the splash of the waves and the salt spray getting on your lens. The rough waters can provide additional drama to your photograph, whcih will change the mood of your photograph.

Best Time to Shoot

The best time to shoot is at sunset and the hour after sunset. There should be a lot of parking spots available during this time.

Local Tips

Please do not leave valuables in your car. Be mindful of the homeless that live within walking distance.

How do I get there?

Parking Address: Waianae Valley Rd, Waiʻanae, HI 96792

From the airport:

  • Head West on the H1 for 17.2 miles.
  • You will reach the end of the highway, which will turn into Farrington Highway
  • Head on Farrington Highway for 10.6 miles.
  • Turn left onto Waianae Valley Road
  • Then make a right onto Bayview Street
  • Parking = Free!