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Anahola is part of the Hawaiian Home Lands federal program, meaning that much of the land here is reserved for lease by Native Hawaiians; you’ll pass their modest homes on the road to this secluded, mostly reef-protected golden strand. The 1 1/2-acre Anahola Beach Park on the south end feels like the neighborhood’s back yard, particularly on weekends, with kids learning to surf or bodyboarding, a hula class on the grass, and picnickers. It’s better to explore here during the week, when you might share it with just a few local fishermen (give their poles and nets a wide berth) and campers. There are sandy-bottomed pockets for swimming and reefy areas for snorkeling, safe except in high surf. The Anahola River, usually shallow enough to walk across, bisects the beach. Facilities include picnic tables, restrooms, campsites, and lifeguards.