Ski to Sea in Hawaii
There is a lot of adventure in this activity-packed day. It takes a bit of preparation, since you can go from the summit and shore in one day (one that you will remember forever!). Remember that snow on the summit is not unusual between the months of December and March, but your best bet for getting a good base (as good as can be expected) is in January or February. The snow can be as deep as a foot but more often than not tends to be just a few inches. It's...read more
1 hide detailBeautiful stretch of beach
Hapuna Beach is a landscaped beach park covering 62 acres. It is a favorite of locals and a beautiful stretch of beach.
This state recreation area provides excellent access to many water sports as well as access to the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai. The site offers picnicking facilities and a food concessionaire, but we recommend bringing your own hearty lunch as a day at Hapuna can last for hours.
The Ala Kahakai Trail follows the coastline over ancient fishermen`s trails and Hawaiian Kingdom roads that have been connected through generations of use to form a single continuous route.The trail also provides access to some of the most pristine shoreline remaining in Hawaii, as well as numerous anachialine ponds, which are unique ecosystems given highest protection.
This beach is popular for swimming, snorkeling and diving on calm summer days. The water is generally a couple of feet deep until it reaches the breaking waves, making for a nice place to swim with children- if you stay with them and the waves are small. Winter weather brings larger surf for body and board surfing, as well as strong rip currents to the area. These unpredictable currents have become deadly in several cases at Hapuna. The state advises that waves over three feet high be avoided by everyone but the experts.
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is located on the leeward coast of the Big Island, north of Kona. Access to the site can be gained from the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. Do not leave any valuables in your car here.
Big Island (Hawaii)
2 hide detailSmall, quiet beach park
- Beach Access Road off Highway 19
- (Two miles from Kawaihae)
With its shade trees, picnic tables and gentle surf, this is a great place for family outings or afternoon naps. It is a quiet neighborhood beach just outside of Kawaihae. The same elements that draw swimmers and snorkelers tend to dissuade surfers, windsurfers and other thrill seekers. The shorebreak is gentle and usually small. Facilities include barbecue pits, showers and even tennis courts. The soft, golden sands are usually not very crowded.