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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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Awesome beach

This is truly one of the best beaches on the planet. I only gave it a 4 rather than a 5 just... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Emily R
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Des Moines, Iowa
Beautiful, but can be dangerous!

This beach is absolutely beautiful and, if I were here alone, I’d give it a higher rating. Being... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
fegan14
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Shade Gap, Pennsylvania
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  • Excellent73%
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“body surfing”(100 reviews)
“soft sand”(67 reviews)
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One of the nicest sand beaches on the Kohala coast.
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is truly one of the best beaches on the planet. I only gave it a 4 rather than a 5 just because there are more people there now (and a hotel) because obviously word about it has gotten out! But seriously, if you stake...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Emily R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This beach is absolutely beautiful and, if I were here alone, I’d give it a higher rating. Being here with my daughter was a little more nerve-wracking. The current is very strong and this beach is prone to riptides. Even the shore-break is very rough....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank fegan14
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to both beaches. Non-residents need to pay $5 for a parking pass that is good all day. The machine takes credit cards or cash. The main beach has life guards and warm showers just off the beach that we appreciated. The washrooms were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mary H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

On our limited travels to Mexico and the Caribbean this beach is worth its rating of one of the best shallow surf alows you to walk out and really catch some waves for boogie boarding and the sand is soft and clean

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank richduncanco
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A big golden beach in the northwest part of the island with a couple of mega resorts (Westin and Mauna Kea ) perched above. We visited in January with the waves crashing the beach. As there were red flag warnings, swimming was not allowed although...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JimRiesterer
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hapuna will be quite crowded during peak season, but there is plenty of sand to put a chair or blanket.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mary S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beach is small, but quite picturesque and not too crowded. The waves can be quite strong and big, better to relax in the sand than to swim.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mangoscent
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family favorite. The fine sand, there’s some places that are more shady, and it’s great for boogie boarding. Lifeguards are there for safety and there’s a place to get hotdogs and shaved ice. Really great, it costs 5 dollars to park. Excellent place to spend...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Devan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good views and a decent beach for Hawaii but was rocky. Not as good as many Florida and Caribbean beaches I've seen.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Preservist
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful beach. The waves were fun to body surf in. It's a nice beach, but can get crowded. Plenty of parking. We'll be back.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alison R
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beckstar5
July 17, 2018|
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beckstar5
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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.
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pryu
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!
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