The Best Playgrounds on O‘ahu

With basketball courts, ocean views and amazing play structures, these playgrounds are amongst our favorites from across the island.


When you just need a way for your kiddo to burn off energy, sometimes the best thing to do is let them run around your neighborhood playground. There’s actually a lot of benefits to playground play. In fact, pediatric physical therapist Dr. Suma Metla wrote about it here. So, when in doubt, or short on time, head to one of the hundreds of playgrounds on O‘ahu.


Below are just a few of the best playgrounds on O‘ahu according to our team of contributors (and their keiki). We’re always exploring more and would love to know which ones you’d like us to review next! Feel free to email me your recommendations or suggestions at


Playground Indie

Kuli‘ou‘ou Neighborhood Park. Photo: Jasmine Chagnon


SEE ALSO: Playgrounds With Swings on O‘ahu


Booth District Park

Abundant shade, swings and a mini zip line
2341 Kaneali‘i Ave., Pauoa


Hale‘iwa Beach Park Playground

Oceanside, with room to roam
62-449 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa

UPDATE: The park offers lots of options for play, but the playground itself is in need of repair. Best to hold off on this one until its slide gets fixed!


Kuli‘ou‘ou Neighborhood Park

New-ish play structure, tennis, basketball and sports field
501 Kuli‘ou‘ou Road, Kuli‘ou‘ou


Makakilo Community Park

Great for sports enthusiasts of all ages
92-1120 Makakilo Drive, Kapolei


Moanalua Community Park

Lots of variety for keiki, pets and adults
2900 Moanalua Road, Moanalua


Nu‘uanu Valley Park

Has a calming effect, surrounded by nature
2925 Pali Highway, Nu‘uanu


Pākī Community Park

A happening spot on weekends
3503 Lē‘ahi Ave., Diamond Head


Pōhākupu Mini Park

Has a swingset, with bucket swings too!
1329 Kailua Road, Kailua


Wai‘alae Iki Neighborhood Park

Best for keiki ages 5 and up
4838 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Kāhala


Wilson Community Park

Designed for ages 5-12
4901 Kīlauea Ave., Kāhala


SEE ALSO: The Importance of Playground Play