Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, Kailua-Kona

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Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area is a park built on the site of an old landing strip just North of Kailua, Hawaii County, Hawaii.HistoryDuring World War II, a small landing strip was cleared near the end of Kuakini Highway. In 1947, the state approved a small terminal to be built for tourist flights, which was dedicated in 1949. In 1950, of fencing was added to keep out cattle which would wander onto the site. The 1960s brought development of several larger hotels and resorts. Larger aircraft could not take off from the short runway. When the much larger Kona International Airport was built further North at Keahole Point in 1970, the old landing strip was used for drag racing before being turned into a park in 1976.FacilitiesThe facilities on the 103.7acre of the old airport are run by the County of Hawaii. These include baseball and soccer fields, the Kona Community Aquatic Center, and Kekuaokalani Gym, located at 75-5530 Kuakini Highway. A 217acre marine preserve was created off shore in 1992. A day use boat mooring is near the prominent "Shark Rock" toward the northwestern boundary. Water depth at the mooring is about. A reef shelf East of Shark rock creates a small surf break. Snorkelrs and Scuba divers usually enter the water at a protected cove at the Northwestern end of the beach. On Kukailimoku Point Southeast of the park sits a lighthouse to guide ships into Kailua Bay. North of the park is Papawai Bay (meaning "water layer" in the Hawaiian Language). The land there is owned by the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, which also leases some of its property to two large shopping centers, the Kona Commons which opened in 2008, and the Makalapua Center in 1994.
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  • This was the best spot in Kona. There is plenty of parking, spot for kids to play, bathrooms and beach showers.  more »
  • Although it has one thing, that most of the local beaches have ( parking) it is really lacking in most other things. Not much sand and it's very exposed..during low tide it's pretty much non useable f...  more »
  • The beach is nice, atmosphere was quiet and the old Kona airport seems to be where locals go their activities. My daughter linked up with l local futsol group and had a wonderful time. I will say, how...  more »
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  • Nice long beach to walk on, beautiful botanical garden and cool little skate park are a few of the things this are has to offer. The little cove to the far north of the beach is way cool. Worth checking out when visiting the BI.
  • I loved the sunset from the old kona airport park. Plenty of place to enjoy the sunset. Parking is not a problem, the whole place is a giant parking lot. I highly recommend this place for sunset.
  • Great reuse of an airport! Well done. Great use of tax money.
  • Coffee fair. Good coffee. Good food. Nice music.
  • Super quiet nice Beach not really for swimming. Nice covered picnic area and washrooms

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