Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako

4.8
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. Take a look at our Puako trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Hapuna is the place for sun and sand. Take the boogie boards and snorkel gear. Some days there are good boogie board waves, in most cases even for little boarders. On the flat water days there is an o...  more »
  • Very low key. Plenty of room to spread out, didn’t feel crowded. Great parking and facilities. Beautiful beach, great for the whole family. Amazing experience, would return in the future!  more »
  • Amazing beach. Worth the $5 fee, you won’t regret it. Saw lots of turtles off the reef on the beach and the water is amazing. Great facility  more »
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  • Clean restrooms. Lifeguards. Beautiful bay, beach, and park. Beach rentals available: grill & snacks are pricey, umbrellas, beach chairs, etc. Pack a lunch & snacks. Water does get rough, strong currents in the afternoon, but worth the drive. Beautiful and warm ocean waters. Nice breezes that can cool off later in the day. Panoramic views and not too crowded.
  • I have been to this park several time each trip to the island. There is a lot of walking to be done with the terrain being gravel and rocky, so be sure you have appropriate shoes. There seems to be something new I find each time, but be sure to grab a map before heading on your adventure as it will tell you about each location. You will notice sea turtles on the grounds on the beach and also be able to see marine fish. This park also happens to be next to one of the great snorkeling spots on the island. Definitely worth the time and trip.
  • All I can say is WOW! A fantastic white sand beach with plenty of room to spread out. The $5 fee to park is a small cost for all of the amenities you get…1/2 mile of clean white sand beach with no lava rocks in the water, food and toy rentals, clean rest rooms and covered picnic areas with grills for cooking. Great place for families or couples. Be sure to bring sunscreen and umbrellas as there is little shade available.
  • A nice long white sand beach. This beach is great for boogie boarding the waves their can get very big. The beach is also good for people who just want to have a beach day the sand is not chunky their at all so it is good to lay on. They have great pork tacos at the foot shack at the top of the hill. The beach is verwy clean and safe their are 3 lifeguard towers on the beach. Parking is 5 dollars but it is well worth it. This is a great beach for anyone who wants a long burst full beach.
  • Beautiful clean beach with lifeguarding! Snack shack too if you didn't bring any snacks yourself. $5 parking and easy entrance! Great place to bring the family and enjoy the day.
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