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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Old Puako Road, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-961-9540
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Fantastic beach with plenty of shades from the beautiful trees, crystal clear waters for snorkeling!

Very easy to find a picnic spot as the beach is large enough for many families! Some parts are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ai Lin L
Perfect beach

This is one of the finest beaches on the Big Island. Usually, there are waves perfect for riding... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
julie y
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One of the nicest sand beaches on the Kohala coast.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boogie boarding” (162 reviews)
“body surfing” (92 reviews)
“snack bar” (71 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Old Puako Road, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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+1 808-961-9540
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very easy to find a picnic spot as the beach is large enough for many families! Some parts are rocky and waves were strong when we were there so be very careful not to swim too near the rocks to avoid being smashed into the...More

1  Thank Ai Lin L
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of the finest beaches on the Big Island. Usually, there are waves perfect for riding with a boogie board. If you like to walk on the beach, this is your spot. Outside shower and renovated restrooms.

Thank julie y
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful white sand beach with smaller waves, great for younger children and older people. Can be a little windy but that helps keep you cool when you are not in the water. Nice picnic tables. 5 dollars to park within the park but it makes...More

1  Thank N5110LTpauls
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took a moped rental to this beach and we were not disappointed. The beach and fine white sand are a big contrast to the normal Kona landscape, so it's a fun little gem to visit and spend some time in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Buy some boogie boards at WalMart or Costco for $10 a piece your first day. Then enjoy days of boogie boarding at Hapuna with your family. Just pass them on since they won't fit easily on the plane back. Well worth the money you'll save...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this beach area on the way to the airport from Kohala and spent an hour or so here. Cost to park is $5 and there was some construction underway, but the sand was lovely/soft and the water was surprisingly warm. There were also outdoor...More

Thank taraleni
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrive around 8.30am and could pick where we wanted to put our towel. From around 10am on it gets very crowded. The beach is perfect for little ones who want to dig a hole or build a sand castle and the waves are great...More

Thank KristinMiles
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Got here early when still plenty of parking, plenty of room on the beach for our chairs, stayed only several hours but enjoyed the soft white sand beach, the views and especially the waves for body surfing. As we left, the lower parking lot was...More

1  Thank 44statesandcounting
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here 4 days of our 11 day trip. Get there early if you want to find some shade and a parking spot. Waves are good, get bigger in the afternoon. It is $5 per day but it is sandy and nice. There’s food...More

Thank ali22jas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hapuna Beach is a lovely, sandy beach on the Kohala Coast. Amenities are great but it’s really crowded and there’s little shade.

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germaphobia
April 15, 2018|
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Response from 896diane | Reviewed this property |
Not at all - we had very little waves in March. It might depend on what time of year you go?
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Vladimira L
April 5, 2018|
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Response from hdnut2krack | Reviewed this property |
Yes the bare essentials are there and assuming you have a rental car there are several stores in town where you can get other things you might want.
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ryarch
January 19, 2018|
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Response from DrMrinmay | Reviewed this property |
Can't answer this one since we did not stay there. We drove to the beach from Kona. Enjoy your trip
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