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

Big Island Beaches:
A Sampler

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Kona 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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©Lynn Beittel

KUKIO BEACH
Take Hwy 19 to turn at Four Seasons Hualalai Resort (Mile Marker 87)

A ribbon of white sand & volcanic rock - hazardous swimming. Good surfing and bodysurfing during winter. Paved trails and walkways.

Parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables.
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©Lynn Beittel
KUA BAY AT KONA COAST STATE PARK
Take Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy 19) north to the West Hawaii Cemetery. Take access road across from cemetery.

A beautiful white sand wilderness beach considered to be one of the best swimming and snorkeling beaches on the island. Hazardous in winter months during periods of heavy surf and rip currents. Historic coastal trail.

Parking, restrooms, picnic tables.


©Lynn Beittel

MAKALAWENA BEACH
Take Hwy 19 north from Kailua-Kona to a point between Mile Markers 88 and 89. Take rough road to the end or hike south 15 minutes to the beach. Vehicle access is by 4-wheel drive only.

A shoreline consisting of several coves and inlets united by a magnificent long sand beach. A popular swimming, snorkeling, boogie boarding, and scuba spot - noted for octopus and shells. The site of Opaeula Pond, a waterbird sanctuary.


©lynn Beittel
MAHAIULA BEACH AT KONA COAST STATE PARK
Take Hwy 19 approx. 2.6 miles north of Kona Int'l Airport to sign for park. Drive down a rough, unpaved ocean road approx. 1.5 miles to the park.

An idyllic crescent of white sand. Excellent swimming, boogie boarding, & snorkeling during summer. Site of the "arches" - underwater tunnels and caves, and a sunken ship. Great surfing during winter.

Picnic tables.

On to Kona District - Part 2

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