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Alternative-Hawaii Beach Guide to the Kohala District of the Big Island of Hawaii  

Big Island Beaches:
A Sampler

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Kohala District (Part 1)
(See also Lifeguard Safety Tips & Big Island Camping)


Call National Weather Service 961-5582 for Weather Forecast & 935-9883 for Marine Forecast.
As lifeguard services may vary, call the County of Hawaii at 961-8694 for current coverage.


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©Ann Cecil
LAPAKAHI MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Take Hwy 270 north from Kawaihae to Park entrance (left side of hwy).

A remarkable diversity of fish species, typical of the North Kohala coast, are represented. Strong longshore currents. High surf occurs during winter months.

Parking, restrooms. Visit Lapakahi MLCD


©Ann Cecil
SPENCER BEACH PARK
Entry road off Highway 19, approx. 2 miles from Kawaihae junction.

A large flat pocket of white sand with a very gentle underwater slope. Popular with families that have little children. Heiau (temple) complex nearby. Snorkeling & swimming under favorable conditions.

Pavilion, parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, lifeguards, camping.


©Ann Cecil

KAUNAOA BAY (MAUNA KEA BEACH)
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive

One of the Island's most beautiful beaches - a long crescent of white sand. Excellent swimming & snorkeling. Green sea turtles are common visitors. High surf brings hazardous water conditions.

Restrooms, showers, lifeguards.


©Ann Cecil
HAPUNA BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA
Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (Hwy 19), 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae

A 61.8-acre beach park with swimming, bodysurfing and boogie boarding. Rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf. Historic coastal trail.

Pavilion, parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, lifeguards, food concession, camping.


©Ann Cecil
HOLOHOLOKAI BEACH PARK
Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (Hwy 19) to Mauna Lani Drive (between Mile Markers 74 & 73). Take Mauna Lani Drive, keep to right at roundabout & before entrance to the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, take right turn to beach.

A crescent beach comprised mainly of pebbles and cobblestones with several sandy pockets. Good waves for surfing. Snorkeling and scuba diving during calm seas. Access to the Puako Petroglyph Preserve.

Parking, restrooms, showers.

On to Kohala District - Part 2

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