Anini is a tranquil beach protected by Hawaii's largest coral reef. This makes this north shore beach ideal for windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. However, the calm ocean conditions inside the reef can be deceptive. There are channels crossing the reef which which can carry currents even during the calmest ocean conditions. These currents can overpower strong swimmers. Eleven people have drowned at Anini between 1970 and 2011. In December 2014, a 69-year-old Utah man apparently drowned in waters off Anini Beach. The man was walking in shallow water near the channel at around 3 p.m., when he was swept out by a rip current.
Anini allegedly means "dwarfish" or "stunted" in Hawaiian. There are two different stories about how the beach got its name. In one version, this beach used to be called Wanini. The , "W," fell off the name sign, rather than fixing the sign the name has permanently changed. In another even more colorful interpretation, a local irate resident shot off the W with a shotgun, reveling what he believed to be the correct name, Anini Beach.
Public parking, bathrooms and showers. The Beach Park has multiple campsites with permits, shade trees, picnic tables, pavilions, restrooms and showers. There is no lifeguard posted at Anini Beach.
Anini Beach is dotted by expensive homes, one of which was used for the filming of Honeymoon in Vegas (1992). Many of the homes you see along Anini road are vacation rentals.