While I can remember many times being at a beach without the family, I can’t remember the names of those beaches. It’s been almost 40 years. It’s amazing if I can remember any of the places from that period of my life.
Some people call it a jetty. I don’t know what it’s really called. All I know is, back then, it was about 10 feet deep at the deepest point. It gets dredged periodically, so it’s probably shallower or deeper at times. Here’s a short YouTube video so you can get an idea about the size: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHmW87IJSoE
There are two parts to the swimming area, separated by rocks. I only remember one. Anyway, the narrator calls them “man-made tide pools”.
I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the Kamalani Playground existed back in the 1970s. If it had, my family would have spent some time there and we didn’t.
I wanted to write about the park years ago and it must have been before any videos about it existed on YouTube. I couldn’t find a specific page about it at Wikipedia. I found a page that referred to it, the Royal Coconut Coast, but I don’t think that page existed before 2013.
There are several videos available on YouTube now. I noticed upload dates of 2010 and 2014. I didn’t see anything newer. I haven’t found anything anywhere that explains how the park got its name. It was probably named after a resident, but your guess is as good as mine as far as the claim to fame.
When someone asks me where the best vacation spots are in Hawaii, I try to steer them away from Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. The island of Kauai, especially the Eastern side, has a lot more to offer.
I remember a few hotels, Paradise Pacifica (Hawaiian dance shows) and a lot of beaches. I remember snorkeling, trying to learn to surf (which I never did, unless you count body surfing with a boogie board) and swimming for hours on end.
I honestly don’t know what it’s like today. I can only guess by the videos I watch. Like I said, it’s been almost 40 years.