Favorite Beaches

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Here are a few of my favorite beaches in the Kailua-Kona area:

0805050023a.JPG (47359 bytes)White Sands Beach 
Within 1/2 mile is White Sands Beach, also called Disappearing Sands Beach.  This time of year it is sandy and calm.  There is even a resident turtle who hangs out at the south end of the beach, in the surf.  There is a parking lot at the beach.  But I recommend getting there early.
 

0727050020.JPG (95547 bytes)Kahalu'u Beach Park

About two miles south of the condo is another excellent area, Kahalu'u Beach Park. It has great snorkeling and is well protected. So there is no surf. An excellent shady area is along the south side under the big tree.  There is a hotel next door, beach bar and restaurant..
 

King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

If you visit the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, at the north end of Kailua-Kona, you will no doubt be thrilled by this small sandy spot of protected shoreline. Great for kids, with lots of "water toys" for rent nearby for adults, too.
 
HonokohauBay091904.jpg (39959 bytes)Honokohau Bay
It is about 5 miles north of Kailua-Kona and well worth the visit. You will see the sign to Honolohau Harbor as you drive north. Pack a picnic lunch and relax. This is one of my favorite spots. This is a quiet beach with a shallow beach area. It also has ancient fish ponds in the bay and lots and lots of turtle when you walk north up the beach. It i a short walk, of about 200 yards from the parking lot on the north side of the Honokohau Harbor (make the first right turn off the road to the harbor.). 

 

 
0810050102.JPG (50340 bytes)Old Airport State Park
Just north of Kailua-Kona, along the old airport runway, this beach ranges from rocky coast to sandy tidal pools. A great place to get your toes wet, play with the kids or watch the local kids catching the waves on their boogie boards. Picnic tables and showers are available, and there's a nice walking track to boot!
 

Hapuna Beach

Another great, sandy, beach is Hapuna.  It is a ways north, up the coast at mile marker 69. There is shade, sand, and beautiful water.  But it would be an hour drive; but well worth the visit when you are traveling up that way. The Prince of the Big Island beaches is a beautiful long white beach with plenty of facilities, and nearby cabins which rent for very little. It can be hard to find parking on a weekend, but this is the classic Hawaiian beach!