|Sandy's Beach From Scenic Point|
|Hawaii Kai from Hwy 72|
Sandy's is also just one of those places with a lot of character. Dozens of local boys park their trucks right up next to the beach, drink beer, blast music, and watch the body surfers in the water. The water is teeming with locals doing some pretty amazing stuff on a boogie board. Another nice thing about Sandy's is that there are full facilities with showers and bathrooms and it's free to park. There is also a truck that sells "Mexican" food. I put that in quotes because it is not like the shrimp trucks I've written about before. This truck is really just a guy selling tacos out of the back of his truck. Also, he moves slower than dirt so if there is a line of people, expect to wait awhile. Although we bought water ($2 for a 24oz bottle), we did not sample the food so I have no idea if it's any good.
Overall, the beach park is a nice place to play in the water if you're not afraid of being slammed into the ground. If you're in the mood for a relaxing beach trip where you can wade in the water peacefully, though, Sandy's is probably not for you. However, I still recommend pulling over for 20 minutes to watch the locals and all the characters that populate the beach. They're entertaining.
If you continue past Sandy's Beach, you'll run into the very pretty (and public) Hawaii Kai Golf Course. The golf course is also right down the road from Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail, which is also how you get to Dragon's Nostrils.