Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kohala Coast
(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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  • Great place for family fun. Best beach on the big island, nice for body boarding and just playing in the surf. 
  • Perfect white sand and aqua blue waters, but be mindful of dangerous waves breaking close to shore. Lifeguard on duty. On a clear day, you can see Maui. Look toward the northeast. 
  • This lovely beach has soft, clean, debris-free sand, both on shore and in the water. It has a small area that is shallow where wading is possible. The shoreline has some snorkeling and also some boogi...  more »
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  • We came here after visiting the nearby hotel and had a great day at the beach. Great facilities here that support what I think is the nicest beach on the island. We snorkeled around the reefs at the southern end of the park and played in the super small waves. Waves are supposed to be good most of the time but it was still lots of fun. Sand is super soft.
  • 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).
  • The best beach we found on the west coast of Big Island, Hawaii. The park had all the necessary conveniences to change and was very family friendly. The water is crystal clear and the beach is very long so that you do not feel crowded at all. You can even snorkel a bit on the north end of the beach. There are lifeguards on duty. Just the perfect place to relax for the whole day.
  • Love this beautiful beach! This beach has the best of everything! Sand, sun , surf, scenery! To add, there is a large grassy area with both sun and shade, a huge pavillion with large picnic tables, grills, multiple open air picnic tables, public bathrooms, life guards on duty and it was not crowded. This is our go-to beach when we visit Big Island.
  • One of the best beaches on the Big Island. Plenty of parking, although they started charging for it, it's worth the money. Bring your own coolers, chairs and umbrellas if you need them. There are bathrooms, outdoor rinsing showers and pavilions for your convenience. The water is on the calm side, the sand is soft and white, and the weather here is better in the morning than in the afternoon. What more could you ask for?