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.