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Sandbar attracts party-goers from all over the island

Kekai Ukauka Kekai Ukauka
Nina Pullella Nina Pullella
Tiare Asia Tiare Asia

By Leland Kim - bio | email

KANOEHE BAY (KHNL) - On the windward side of Oahu, some folks decided to spend this Labor Day, completely surrounded water.

The rowdiest party on the island today was probably at the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay. Combine boats, water, music, and beverages, and you got the recipe for a rockin' good time.

The Ukauka family gets ready for an annual tradition: hanging at the sandbar on Labor Day.

"It's time away from work, you relax out there," said Travis Ukauka, who is from Kaneohe. "You have a good time."

"We play football, we eat and we swim, and check out girls," said Kekai Ukauka, Travis' nine-year-old son.

"Is that the best part?" asked KHNL.

Kekai nodded his head.

The sandbar is located several miles off of Kaneohe Bay. To get there, you need a boat to haul you, your friends, and a day's worth of grinds. But if you're an expert stand up paddle boarder like this young lady, you can bring you and your refreshments, no problem.

What makes the sandbar unique is you're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean standing literally in two feet of water. But you got to come prepared, a dress shirt and slacks just isn't going to cut it.

Think of it as a cross between MTV's "Spring Break" and "Baywatch Hawaii".

"This is awesome. This is like the best day of the year," said Nina Pullella, who is from Kaimuki. "We're celebrating four birthdays today. We got this DJ. It's awesome."

"You kind of get out, you get away from everything," said Tony Pullella, Nina's brother. "Everybody that comes out here, you don't have to worry about the outside atmosphere of anything. You're here; you're there. Everybody's just mingling, having a great time."

Folks were barbecuing, dancing to the music, and just frolicking in the water.

"It's the best place to get a suntan, be with your friends, drink, have fun, chill," said Tiare Asia, who lives in Pupukea. "Lots of people come so you get to see people you haven't seen for a while."

And these folks say, a party in the middle of the ocean is the only way to spend Labor Day.

"This is amazing," said Nina Pullella. "This is like the coolest place ever. I wish I could live here. I wish I never had to leave."

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) says it's been a very orderly day. No reports of violations or any incidents.

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