Ho'okipa is not a beach for great swimming - although during periods of calm seas you can swim at both ends of the beach.
It is, however, the best place in the world to watch windsurfers at what is known as the "windsurfing capital of the world." You'll also see some great board surfing here towards the east end of the beach.
The waves can be high almost any time of the year as the north shore picks up both the winter and summer swells.
The best views are from the roadside parking area or along the hill at the west end of the beach. Be sure to bring your still and video camera.