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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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Open today: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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THE BEST - 'nough said!!!!!!!!

Maybe it's because we were staying at the Westin, but this was our FAVORITE beach that we visited... read more

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Great Family Beach

Great sand beach for families. Water was not rough and warm. We were there in August. We rented a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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One of the nicest sand beaches on the Kohala coast.
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Old Puako Road, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-961-9540
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Reviewed yesterday

Maybe it's because we were staying at the Westin, but this was our FAVORITE beach that we visited. We had access the Westin lounge chairs and umbrellas so that was definitely a plus and we simply walked to it from the resort. The beach is...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great sand beach for families. Water was not rough and warm. We were there in August. We rented a couple umbrellas at the station by the parking lot/bathrooms. To the left you can swim/walk to a small rocky area with a cave. Some fish by...More

Thank N_Why
Reviewed 4 days ago

Even though there is an entrance fee for the State Park it is well worth it, this beach is GORGEOUS, crystal clear and wide.

Thank Norma E
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is great! You can either reach it by following the signs to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area or if you stay at the Westin at the other end of the beach. The beach has very fine white sand, the beach itself has lots...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great beach with soft sands and crystal clear waters. It’s a little steep to get down to for those with health challenges, but, once on the beach, I couldn’t ask for anything more. An umbrella for shade would be good too. If I ever get...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to snorkel here and over to Beach 69, but the water was too rough. So we just relaxed on this great beach that was nearly deserted. The sunset was one of the best we've ever seen!

Thank CARebekah
Reviewed 6 days ago

We love the sheer size of Hapuna Beach. There's plenty of room for people to spread out without having towels overlapping. The beach has some of the softest sand around, perfect for napping in the breeze, walking along the water, or building castles. The sunsets...More

Thank heamuse
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful beach! Unfortunately for us, it was extremely windy the day we were there. We easily found parking, probably because you couldn't stay long in the wind. The beach is large and sandy. The wind was whipping the sand around. So the...More

Thank Zoe Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area twice while visiting the Big Island. The beach is fabulous - nice soft sand, good size waves for boogie boarding (not so good for snorkeling) and great facilities. You can rent umbrellas, chairs and boogie boards there....More

Thank vacation399
Reviewed 1 week ago

Guidebooks said this was one of the more beautiful beaches on the Big Island and they were right. Beautiful, picturesque beach with bathroom facilities, rental area and small place to buy food. The water was warm and inviting - wonderful place to take scenic pictures.

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July 17, 2018|
Response from julie y | Reviewed this property |
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July 17, 2018|
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Response from SummerGirl71 | Reviewed this property |
$5.00 for non-Hawaii residents to enter park. I believe you can rent about anything—umbrellas, chairs, snorkel gear. I didn’t go up to the rental shed myself, but there were plenty of people coming back with beach stuff.
April 25, 2018|
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Response from Theresa W | Reviewed this property |
there is a window off to the side where they sell the food (to he right if i remember correctly) - umbrellas, snorkeling, chairs etc. so convenient!