Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako

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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 Waimea 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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  • October 3, 2017
    Nice beach near Waikoloa Resort. Popular with locals and visitors alike. We make Hapuna Beach a regular every time we're on the Big Island.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Visitors to the island of Hawaii will find this beach to be an oasis of sand in a desert of basalt and lava flows. Well worth the trek from any location on the island. Don’t miss it. Show up early and...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    I wanted so badly not to like this beach, because everyone raves about it, figured it must be a tourist trap! BUT, I have to agree with everyone, this a GREAT beach! One that we definitely would go ba...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    This is probably one of the best sandy beaches I've found on the island. It's very beautiful but does get crowded and there is very little shade. You can rent beach items like boogie boards and umbrellas for $10 each. They sell food also which is pretty decent and not a bad price for the island.
  • June 13, 2017
    Definitely in the top 2 or 3 beaches I have ever been to. Amazing clear aqua water. Perfect trade wind, nice waves to ride. Ample parking with a 5.00 per car charge. Absolutely loved it!
  • July 2, 2017
    Large sandy beach one of few that you can find on the Big Island, Very family friendly with life guard and even a snack shack would be great for Picnics as well as there a bunch of overhangs. The beach can get windy but what beach can't? Its a shore break and is usually very crowded. It costs $5 dollars to enter and park if you are not a local resident.
  • June 22, 2017
    One of the best beaches I have ever been to. The sand was like sugar, and the water was clear. There was a covered seating area next to the beach, along with clean bathrooms and rinsing areas. We got there early in the morning, and were able to get parking without any problems. Parking does get full by 11am.
  • April 7, 2017
    This is a fantastic beach. We went twice during our stay and both times it was wonderful The entry into the water is very gradual and the sand is super soft. No snorkeling here due to lack of reef. There is a concession stand where you can get hamburgers, smoothies, soda, tacos, etc.. and a place to rent umbrellas, boogie boards, and chairs for $10 each, which was cheaper than our hotel. We went during the week so the crowds weren't bad, but I hear it can be packed on weekends. Bring lots of sunscreen and an umbrella, as this beach gets hot and there is no natural shade on the beach.

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