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Beach Access

Our Beaches Mean So Much To Us


Access to the beach is threatened every day.  From locked gates to restricted hours, from exclusive developments to economic barriers, these threats all limit access to our public beaches. We believe that beaches should be accessible to everyone. Our network of chapters, clubs and volunteers are determined to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy. 

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Public Trust Doctrine

In Hawaiʻi, both the wet and dry sand below the high tide line (typically the vegetation line) is considered public beach.

The right of beach access is constantly being challenged by private property owners, developers and even sea level rise.  Of course, some wealthy landowners would like to lock up slices of the coast for themselves alone.  Surfrider Foundation Oʻahu actively fights for beach access in places where private property owners have cut off long-standing publicly used coastal access.

The Surfrider Foundation has developed a Policy on Beach Access, which addresses our stance on the many aspects of the issue of beach access.

Our beaches are the entryway to our ocean and we believe that beaches & shorelines should be accessible to everyone.

Protect Ala Wai Surf Parking

Since 2008, Surfrider Foundation Oʻahu Chapter has been fighting to protect free, public parking at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. Over the years, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has consistently threatened to remove the last remaining free public parking stalls that allow surfers access to popular, high performance waves like Bowls.