Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kohala Coast

Categories: State Parks, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
Commonly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the country, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area features everything you could hope for in a beach paradise. Soft, white sand is perfect for sunbathing, long strolls by the shore, or for kids to dig in and play. Enjoy swimming and bodysurfing in the crystal-clear water, or admire the view of the water while hiking the coastal trail. Bring an umbrella, or rent one along with other beach equipment. All the facilities you'll need, including parking, showers, restrooms, and places to buy snacks, are available and easily accessible. The beach is exposed to the open ocean. Though there are lifeguards, be careful in the water, especially during high surf. Before you head to Kohala Coast, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kohala Coast vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Kohala Coast has to offer, including Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.
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  • We stayed at the nearby Wiakoloa Village, and decided to take a day trip here since we had a rental car at our disposal. We were very happy with our choice. This beach is beautiful and and great place...  read more »
  • Hapuna beach is a great day visit. It is a Star Park that has ample parking, white sand, changing facility and snack bar. There is a five dollar entrance fee. The park leading to the beach has large s...  read more »
  • Our extended family was on the POA and wanting a beach day. After reviewing the cruise choices I knew we could do it more cheaply and better than the cruise. This was a favorite stop during our cruise...  read more »
  • Loved this beach. Huge stretch of white sand to laze about on. Waves are very mild so it's a great place for young kids or for those that aren't good swimmers. The water is crystal blue, warm and amazing. Not much to see if you are looking for a place to snorkel. There is not much shade so make sure you bring a canopy or a few beach umbrellas. There are public areas further away from the beach that are shaded and great for a picnic. Make sure to bring $5 as you have to pay to get in. The machine is at the front of the lot just before you head down to the beach. Easiest way to unload/load all your stuff is to drive down to the lower handicap parking lot then drive back up to find parking. It wasn't busy at all when we went on a Sunday at 11am. Parking lot was half filled. Busier when we left at 3. Overall I loved this beach. It's great for a family with young kids (ours is 6 months).
  • Hapuna Beach is beautiful, big and not crowded. Plenty of parking with a small fee unless you have a local Hawaii license then free. Restrooms, wash stations, very big indoor open air picnic areas with barbeque stations. Life guards on duty, smooth sand with no rocks. Water is mostly calm with average waves and a beautiful blue water. Great to swim, picnic, sight see and enjoy it all as Hawaii is beautiful and clean.
  • my valuable viewers and friends kindly visit that place the Landscaped beach park with swimming during calm seas, body surfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing and other beach-related activities, picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities. Dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf! Waves over 3 feet high are for experts – all others should stay out of the water and away from the shoreline! Lifeguard services. Hiking opportunity along the coastal trail. (61.8 acres) Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area rents 4-person A-Frame shelters. These shelters consist of a single screened room with wooden sleeping platforms and a picnic table. Centrally located in the shelter complex is an enclosed pavilion with a range, refrigerator, and tables. Comfort Stations with cold showers and restrooms are available for shared use by all shelters.
  • A great Beach for enjoying the sand and waves. No snorkeling. The sand is soft and clean. Very few rocks. The park area is nice with tables and shade. Because it is easily accessible it tends to be crowded. Park on the street for free or pay $5 for the parking lot.
  • Best beach in Big Island. We drove all the from Kona for two days. $5 parking fees. We were there around noon. Lot of parking space, though need little bit walking if parked farther. Clear and calm water, nice stretch of white sand, not very crowded, and will be able to find a nice spot. Excellent for family.
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