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Oh, We’re Going to Hukilau Beach!

Posted by Jody on March 9, 2012

Aloha!  If you have been to Hawaii, you may have stayed at a beachy resort.  Hawaiian resorts often offer lots of cultural activities for their guests, and one of the customary workshops is a hula lesson.  If you’ve taken those hula lessons, you may have danced to the Hukilau Song.  I know we have!

Hukilau (hoo kee lau) Beach Park on Laie Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Hukilau Beach Park was a really fun find for us.  We didn’t know there was a beach named for the “hukilau,” an ancient Hawaiian way of fishing  that involves a large number of people casting a net from the shore. We found Hukilau Beach on the (almost obligatory) Circle Island Tour that we tourists tend to drive on each visit to Oahu!  Hukilau Beach, located on Lā′ie Bay, is a beautiful stretch of sand with absolutely gorgeous island vistas. It’s the ultimate, peaceful setting to have a picnic beneath windswept trees. Take a break along the way and enjoy the postcard perfect panorama.

Beautiful Hukilau Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

The Hukilau Song

Oh we’re going to a Hukilau

A huki huki huki huki Hukilau

Everybody loves the Hukilau

Where the laulau is the kaukau at the lû`au 


We throw our nets out into the sea

And all the `ama`ama come a-swimming to me

Oh, we’re going to a Hukilau

A huki huki huki Hukilau 


What a beautiful day for fishing

That old Hawaiian way

Where the Hukilau nets are swishing

Down in old Lâ`ie bay

~Music and Lyrics by Jack Owens ©1948

2 Responses to “Oh, We’re Going to Hukilau Beach!”

  1. It is just beyond remarkable. I opened your blog, hit random post and got this. This is my kids and my favorite beach in Oahu. We went there first when the kids were 3 yo and 5yo! I am sending this to them. Cheers & thanks for posting~

    • Jody said

      Cindy, how sweet! Hukilau Beach really is a special place. And The Hukilau Song is our family’s very favorite Hula/Hawaiian tune. We still sing it with our “girls” – and now with the grandkids!

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