When heading to to hike the Koko Crater stairs you take a left from Kalanianaole Highway onto Lunalilo Home Road. What if you turn right at Lunalilo Home Road? First of all, you’ll be driving into a residential area that consists of very rich residents. Second, you’ll be en route to a tiny treasure tucked away in Hawaii Kai. China Walls is what the locals call the rocky shoreline diving the Pacific Ocean from Koko Kai Mini Beach Park.
Koko Kai Mini Beach Park is, as the name implies, mini. The grassy square lot is located between two residential homes and consists of just a couple of trees and stone tiles leading to the beach. The real treasure of Koko Kai Mini Beach Park is its rocky and cliff-like shoreline. This area is a popular spot used by some of the more extreme local surfers and body boarders. You’ll also find people setting up their fishing poles here. However, the real appeal is the cliff-jumping opportunities offered by the rocky and raised shoreline.
Locals love to hang out at China Walls and haphazardly jump into the ocean. If you decide to drive out to his spot with the idea of jumping off the cliff then be sure to bring along your better judgement. Jumping from the cliff is extremely dangerous. Heck, standing near the cliff can be extremely dangerous. The waves here are very powerful. You could easily be swept off the cliff and into the water in a split second. In fact, this recently happened to a friend of mine. When she learned of my visit to China Walls, she messaged me on Facebook, “If you find my knee and my slippers and a pint of blood… bring them back for me.”
Explorers: Coty Gonzales and Joel Sabugo
Food for thought and deaths at China Walls:
- Hawaii Kai Man Dies in High Surf
- Hundreds Assisted During High Surf Warning
- Portlock Spot Claims Third Life This Year
- Diver’s Death Prompts Criminal Investigation
Directions to Koko Kai Mini Beach Park (China Walls): Take the H-1 east bound toward Hawaii Kai. Continue straight on Kalanianaole Highway (HI-71) and then turn right at Lunalilo Home Road. Turn left on Poipu Drive. Take the 3rd right onto Hanapepe Loop. Take the 2nd right onto Hanapepe Pl. Koko Kai Mini Beach Park is located between two residential homes. Find parking along Hanapepe Loop.