Puaena Point to Papailoa "Police" Beach is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
You can get to Police Beach, the primary set for LOST, from either Puaena Point at the end of Haleiwa Beach Park or from the public beach access on Papailoa Road. Drive past Haleiwa on (Hwy 83) and take the first left on Papailoa Rd. Drive until you see a public beach access on the right (access 269A) and the dirt parking area on the left. Take the access and go left down on the beach. The backshore of this area is private property - many signs tell people to keep out, so please be respectful of the beach and surrounding area. Per Hawaii laws, private property begins right at the natural vegetation line. Stay on the beach and don't venture inland. This is a great spot to watch sea turtles, and we saw several this day. The two types of sea turtles most frequently observed are the green sea turtle, listed as a threatened species; and hawksbill sea turtle, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Feeding or touching turtles in any way is considered a disturbance and illegal. The DLNR advises to keep a 6- to 10-foot buffer as a best practice. Do not touch, pick up, restrain, jump over, straddle, pursue, ride, harass, harm, or otherwise disturb the animals, noting that federal and state consequences apply. We’ve been to this beach many times and always enjoy sitting under Sawyer’s tree. Enjoy!