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Hilo Magazine - Beach, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
Hilo, Hawaii   Ahalanui Park
Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. The Park is located on the left, just past Mile Marker #10.
Warm, calm water good for swim, spring fed pool is volcanically heated to a comfortable 90 degrees. Beautiful views of the ocean from the pool. Snorkeling allowed in pool. Easy access to pool via ladders. Open daily. Free admission. Lifeguards on duty. Grassy and shady areas, picnic tables, BBQ grills. Ample, free parking, restrooms.
Hilo, Hawaii   Carlsmith Beach
From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue. There is a parking lot right on front of Carlsmith Beach Park on the left-hand side of the street.
Carlsmith Beach Park no sandy beach but has a sandy ocean bottom. it’s a great place for swimming and snorkeling. because the nearshore waters are protected by a reef. Sea turtles can often times be seen here. Large park area with plenty of shade for picnic. Seasonal lifeguard. Showers, restrooms, parking.
Hilo, Hawaii   Hakalau Bay
From the Hawaii Belt Road (HI 19), make a turn towards the ocean at the “Hakalau” sign and follow it into the gulch below the big steel trestle.
Hakalau Bay is a good place to go to take pictures. The beach is composed of black sand and fine pebbles. Poor swimming but sometimes used by surfers. Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge nearby. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   Hilo Bay Beachfront Park
Location at Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo.
Black sand beach, water is murky and swimming conditions are poor. Hammerhead sharks are common in the bay. A nice place for a picnic and a popular surfing, fishing, kayaking, sailing and canoeing beach. Nice place for watch sunset. Parking, picnic tables, showers, restrooms on the shore. No lifeguard.
Hilo, Hawaii   Honoli'i Beach Park
From Hilo, take Hwy 19 north; after the 4-mile marker, turn right onto Nahala St, then left onto Kahoa St. People park on the roadside and walk down to the park.
North of downtown Hilo, the protected cove at Honoli'i Beach Park has Hilo's best bodyboarding and surfing, particularly for beginners. It isn't the best for swimming, as the adjacent river often muddies the waters. Fantastic views of Hilo, lovely grassy picnic area, rest rooms, outdoor showers and a lifeguard.
Hilo, Hawaii   Isaac Hale Beach Park
Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. This Park is on the left, near Mile Marker #11.
Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki is an oceanfront park, boat launch and surf location along Pohoiki Bay in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii.Pohoiki Bay is known for its strong currents and although the park is known for good snorkeling, conditions are usually not ideal. Grass and shadey areas, picnic tables, picnic pavillion, restrooms.
Hilo, Hawaii   James Kealoha Beach Park
From downtown Hilo, drive south on Kalanianaole Ave. After four miles, the beach park will be on your left.
James Kealoha Beach Park offers the whole package: nice views, watersports, sunbathing and even a few good fishing spots. Popular water activities include swimming, snorkeling, surfing, pole fishing and spearfishing. Good spot for picnicking with plenty of shade.
Hilo, Hawaii   Kapoho Tide Pools


Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. Just before Mile Marker #9, turn left on Kapoho Kai Road. Take the next left on Kaheka and then right on Waiopae. The pools stretch for 1 mile along the coast.
This large collection of tidepools and spring fed pools with volcanically heated. It stretches almost a mile down the coast and extend up to 200 yards out into the ocean. A wide variety of fish, good snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing. No Facilities. Keep off of private property.
Hilo, Hawaii   Keaukaha Beach Park


Keaukaha Beach Park is located on the east shore of Hawaii (The Big Island) about 3 miles east of Hilo, HI.
Keaukaha Beach is one of many beaches along this stretch that offers swimming and snorkeling. In addition there are fresh water spring fed ponds scattered throughout.Facilities: parking, restrooms, picnic tables and shower.
Hilo, Hawaii   Kehena Beach


The beach is located in the Puna district (Hilo side) off of Highway 137 near Mile Marker #19. There is a small parking lot on the side of the road. From here, walk towards the left (when facing the ocean). A narrow, steep and rocky trail leads down to the beach.
Kehena Beach is one of the few unofficial "clothing optional" beaches in Hawaii. It is a long, but narrow black-sand beach, also call Dolphin Beach because lot of spinner dolphins in this area. Swimming possible when the ocean is calm, Bodyboarding and fishing both good. No facilities, No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   Keokea Beach


Take Highway 270 north and then west past the villages of Hawi and Kapaau. Turn left at Mile Marker #27 to the beach.
Keokea Beach is a boulder beach backed by sea cliffs. Poor swimming conditions, but good fishing and picnicking spot. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilions, BBQ grills. No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   Kolekole Beach


From Hilo, drive north on Hawaii Belt Road for about 10.5 miles (16.9 km). A sign marks the turnoff to the park on the right.
Kolekole Beach Park is a popular beach park with beautiful scenery, spacious grassy areas and facilities. Great place for picnic and fishing. Swimming in ocean not recommended due to rough conditions. No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park


From Hawaii Belt Road (Hwy 19), turn onto Laupahoehoe Point Road (near mile marker 27). Follow the road for about one mile (1.6 km) to the ocean.
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park is scenic peninsula on the Hamakua Coast. It is a nice spot for a picnic and picture taking, fishing. But when it comes to water activities, the options are limited. Facilites: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion with electricity, county-maintained boat ramp, parking. No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   Leleiwi Beach Park


Located on Kalanianaole Avenue, east of Hilo.
Leleiwi Beach Park is a small black-sand beach and the rocky shoreline is made up of a few natural ponds, inlets and small rock islets. It is a good beach for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and picnicking. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilions, phones, parking, lifeguard.
Hilo, Hawaii   MacKenzie State Park


From Pahoa, take Highway 130 south. At the dead end at Highway 137, make a right turn. Highway 137 turns into Pahoiki Road for 2 miles and then Highway 137 turns left. Follow the highway until you see the park on the left after Mile Marker #137.
MacKenzie State Park is part of King's Highway, an ancient Hawaiian trail, is located here. Beautiful landscape and ocean views. Swimming is not safe in this area due to very strong currents. Good shoreline fishing but don't too close to the edge of the cliffs. Facilities: restrooms, pavilion, picnic tables, camping area, parking. No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   New Kaimu Black Sand Beach


Drive Highway 130 or Highway 137 all the way to the end at Kalapana. Park at the parking lot near the Kalapana Village Cafe.
New Kaimu Black Sand Beach is located on brand new land that was created by a lava flow in 1990. There are no facilities out here, and water activities, including swimming, are not possible due to strong currents and hazardous surf. But good for hiking.
Hilo, Hawaii   Onekahakaha Beach


Coming from downtown Hilo and heading east on Kalanianaole Avenue, make a left turn onto Onekahakaha Road.
Onekahakaha Beach Park is the ideal beach for swimming, snorkeling and tidepooling. When tidepooling should wear water shoes and don't touch the sea urchins or other ocean creatures. Facilties: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion, BBQ grills, drinking water, parking. No lifeguards.
Hilo, Hawaii   Onomea Bay


Take Highway 19 north of Hilo. Turn right at Old Mamalahoa Highway and continue north to Onomea Bay. Parking is available at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (however, parking is reserved for guests of the garden).
Onomea Bay is one of the lushest areas on the Big Island. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located right on this bay. It is One of the prettiest stretches of coastline on the island.
Hilo, Hawaii   Reeds Bay Beach Park


Reeds Bay Beach Park is located at the eastern end of the Waiakea Peninsula, at the end of Banyan Drive.
The bay consists of white sand and coral rubble, most popular area for swimming is the area known as Ice Pond. Fishing and boating both good also.
Hilo, Hawaii   Richardson Beach


Richardson Beach Park located just a short drive east of Hilo.
Richardson Beach is a only black sand beach in Hilo. It protected by a natural lava rock seawall, vast variety of marine life, a coral reef and turtles can be seen. Excellent for snorkeling and swimming. Facilties: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, parking, lifeguard.
Hilo, Hawaii   Wai'olena Beach Park


From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue. There is a parking lot on your left at Waiolena Beach Park.
Wai'olena Beach is a lava rock shoreline, good place for picnic, tidepooling and fishing. Facilties: picnic tables, parking.
Hilo, Hawaii   Waipi'o Beach


From Hilo, take Highway 19 north. Make a right turn onto State Highway 240 (Waipi'o Road). This road leads to the Waipi'o Valley Lookout.
Waipi'o Valley has been called the Valley of the Gods. Many waterfalls are located in this lush, tropical valley. Access to Waipi'o Beach is somewhat difficult, as the road to the valley is narrow and very steep. It is a beautiful black sand beach, one of the most popular and beloved locations in all of Hawaii.
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