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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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Wonderful beach

An absolutely beautiful sandy beach with facilities and great views. Can get crowded so I would go... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Great Beach

Hapuna Beach is the best sandy beach on the Big Island. Really there are not too many of them. The... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Saint Charles, Missouri
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An absolutely beautiful sandy beach with facilities and great views. Can get crowded so I would go early and probably not in a weekend if it can be avoided. Very popular and beautiful beach

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bailey01Michigan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Hapuna Beach is the best sandy beach on the Big Island. Really there are not too many of them. The beach is very large so even on a busy day you can still find a place to sit close the the water. Plenty of amenities...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank christinemichalski
Reviewed 5 days ago

Unfortunately, the friend we were with doesn't do well in the heat and doesn't enjoy going to the beach. As a result, three of us sat at a concrete bench partway down the hill while only my husband went down to see the sandy stretch...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank writeonOntario
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great beach to swim, 1/2 mile long white sand with very little rocks, my wife and i went in the early afternoon and had the chance to swim with one little curious dolphin.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Arlo V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great beach. Plenty of space on the beach. Plenty of parking ($5/car). Very clean with great amenities. Great beach for boogie-boarding. You can rent umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards for $10 for each for the day. We spent most of the day boogie-boarding.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bruceb7710
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family spent a day here and really enjoyed it. I’d recommend an late morning arrival as it does fill up. So glad they had umbrella rentals. The $10 fee for all day felt reasonable for the Big Island.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kara017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a little more wave action and this beach was ideal! It is $5 to park (public beach, no resorts) and it is quite large. Perfect for boogie boarding. The sand was also perfectly white, soft and great for building sand castles....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SoonerDallas
Reviewed 1 week ago

$5 entrance and totally worth it and more. Soft white sand, great waves for boogie boards, clear blue water, great restrooms, ample parking, shaded patio areas uphill. Bring your umbrellas for the beach and just be sure to keep an eye on anyone in the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank karene245
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For $5 a carload this beach is hard to beat. There's plenty of parking and the facilities are clean and in good working order. You may have to haul your stuff a ways from parking lot to beach but it's worth it. They rent beach...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Stevey1612
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful sand beach no lava except at the ends of the mile long beach nice gentle wave action and nice views $5.00 entry for the day there is food available but I didn’t try any

Date of experience: April 2018
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Mary W
17 February 2019|
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Response from MmmmmmChocolate | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple paths without steps that wind down the hill to the beach from the car park. There is designated parking close to the paths but it’s a bit of a walk/roll down to the beach. You can’t drive down. I didn’t... More
18 July 2018|
Response from julie y | Reviewed this property |
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17 July 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.