Playground Guide: Enchanted Lake Community Park in Kailua

Learn to ride a bike and celebrate with a picnic at this sprawling recreation space at the base of the Ko‘olaus.

 

 

We are used to the smaller, more compact parks in town, so when my 6-year-old son and I first visited Enchanted Lake Community Park on the windward side, we marveled at the scale of this play place. With basketball courts, baseball fields, bike paths, a playground and pavilion, it’s got everything you could wish for. Plus, the view is not too shabby with the dramatic Ko‘olau mountain range as a backdrop. 

 

Enchanted Lake Playground

Photo: Laura Dornbush

 

What You Need to Know

 

Playground Equipment: The metal-based structure is similar to those you see at Nu‘uanu Valley Park and Wilson Community Park, designed for ages 5-12. Ideal for climbers, it features multiple ladders, ropes and a climbing wall. Ape lovers will gravitate towards the monkey bars, high bar and rope-hang handles. My son also liked the spinning chair and yelled with delight “I’m soooo dizzy!” Heads-up: there’s no slide.

 

Enchanted Lake Playground

Photo: Laura Dornbush

 

Other Amenities: If you ask me, the best amenities are the shade provided by three massive monkeypod trees and the multiple picnic tables (I counted 11). My son would argue the short 8-foot basketball hoops are the park’s best feature, so he can actually make a basket! There are water fountains and restrooms too, but you’ll have to bring your own soap.

 

Unique Offerings:

Four Square courts! I got so excited when I recognized the tell-tale markings on the concrete of my personal favorite recess game as a kid. The nostalgia even compelled me to get in on a game with my son!   

 

 

Enchanted Lake Playground

Photo: Laura Dornbush

 

Best For: earning to ride a bike (or scooter). Start out on the soft grass, proceed to the basketball courts, and finally graduate to the concrete path that circles the playground. If you are lucky enough to live nearby, you can even bike to the park on the sidewalks leading to and from the complex – a novelty to those of us who live in urban Honolulu.

 

Best Time To Visit: Located right next to Enchanted Lake Elementary school makes this park and ideal after-school hot spot. In fact, the Department of Parks and Recreation offers afternoon extracurricular classes ranging from mad science to fashion arts & crafts in the pavilion (registration required).

 

Parking: Yes! There are ample spaces to the right of the entrance by the basketball courts.

 

Enchanted Lake Playground

Photo: Laura Dornbush

 

My Favorite Thing about this Playground: It’s just easy and makes for a no-stress outing. Parking and bathrooms are convenient, there are plenty of attractions to keep my son busy, and I can stay seated in one place and still keep an eye on him moving from the basketball courts to the playground to the baseball field.

 

Enchanted Lake Playground

Photo: Laura Dornbush