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Ahu o Laka, the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar

Information about the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay known as Ahu o Laka, the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, the Sunken Island, the Disappearing Island, and sometimes just the Kaneohe Sandbar.

The Ahu o Laka Sandbar in Kaneohe Bay is open to boaters and others for recreational purposes such as swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, diving, and picnics. It is also a popular resting place or destination for sailboats, kayakers, jet skiiers, and other boaters. Note that Ahu o Laka only appears above the water line at high tide so when you are planning a trip there, need to check a tide table.

Ahu o Laka is about three acres in size and it has beautiful views of Kaneohe Bay and the Koolau Mountains. No birds nest on Ahu Laka and it has no vegetation. It is a part of a larger sand wedge that is approximately a mile long. It sits about a mile off the coast on the lagoon side of a barrier reef. Ahu o Laka on only accessible by boat and many weekends there are dozens of boats anchored by the sandbar. Many people access it by kayaking about two miles northwest from the Heeia Pier.

In March of 2006, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Water, Land, and Ocean Resources committee approved Senate Bill 2004, which established Ahu o Laka as a State of Hawaii Historic Monument. The bill directed the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources to determine and establish rules to protect and maintain the sandbar, however the state of Hawaii stated they did not intend to prevent picnics on the sandbar, only to control other activities that were harmful to the sandbar, disrespectful of the islet's historic signifigance, dangerous, or unsanitary. There have been complaints in the past about huge concerts on the sandbar that resulted in fighting, littering, and excessive drinking. A brawl and alcohol related disorderly conduct on Ahu o Kala on September 3, 2007 caused the State of Hawaii to be pressured again to establsish more restrictive rules

See also:
- Other Islands in Kanoehe Bay
- More of Oahu's Offshore Islands
- Heeia Kea Small Boat Harbor
- Kayaking and Kayak Rentals on Oahu
- Other Oahu Attractions

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