Pine Trees Hanalei Bay Kauai

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Pine Trees Hanalei Bay Kauai

Aloha from the Garden Isle!

Hanalei Bay, on Kauai’s North Shore, is known for its lush green foliage, it’s incredible crystal clear blue ocean waters, its pristine white sands and most of all its world class waves.  We have killer reef breaks as well as amazing beach breaks on the North Shore of Kauai.  Princeville Kauai’s Winter North Shore surfing is insane!

This video is taken at Pine Trees in Hanalei Bay. This is where all the local keiki (children) learn to surf. There is a really fun beach break with a soft sandy bottom that is perfect for the little ones who are learning. This is where Bruce and Andy Irons learned to surf growing up.  Pine trees is not just for the kids; it’s perfect for beginner surfers of all ages when conditions are right.  Hanalei Bay is one of the world’s top rated beaches for many reasons. The soft white sand and the perfect beach break are just a few of them.

Keiki (children) surfing Pine Trees at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's North Shore.

Keiki (children) surfing Pine Trees at Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore.

Ocean and Beach Safety

It wouldn’t be wise to post video of children surfing without warning parents of the dangers of our waters.  We always caution visitors to be aware of their surroundings and make safety a priority when enjoying our beaches and ocean.  There are surf spots that are only for the most experienced surfers in the world and should be avoided by most surfers.  Other surf spots, like Pine Trees in Hanalei Bay can be safer for children and beginners on calmer days.  However, even Pine Trees has days when it is not safe at all.  When a big swell comes in the waters can become very dangerous and you will see no one in the water.

Locals are all about safety.  Here are their top three ocean safety rules:


  • When in doubt – don’t go out!
  • Keep your eyes on the keiki – Never let your children out of sight.
  • Be aware – Never turn your back on the ocean.
  • Swim at lifeguarded beaches – ask lifeguards for safety and swimming tips.
  • Lifeguards post warning signs – Don’t ignore them! Read them and heed them!
  • Conditions constantly change – daily and seasonal changes must be monitored closely
  • Waves come in sets – it can look calm for up to 20 minutes between dangerous sets of huge waves.
  • Hazards can exist in ANY coastal area – not just in the water. Be careful on wet sand and rocks.
  • Do not fight a rip current – if caught in a current keep calm, float, breathe, don’t panic, and wave for help. Go WITH the current and conserve energy.
  • Use the buddy system – never swim alone & know your limits.

When you put safety first, you will enjoy your time on the Garden Island and return year after year.  Kauai will become your other home and you become ohana (family.)  For more on staying safe while enjoying all Kauai has to offer, visit Kauai Explorer.

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