Hapuna Beach fun for a perfect day on the beach

Hapuna Beach is just one of those popular beaches on the Big Island that everyone loves to go to. Family friendly and easy to drive to on the Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach is easy, fun and a wonderful beach day getaway for locals and tourists alike to enjoy.

What you’ll find at Hapuna Beach is a perfect white sandy beach that is almost a half mile long. The ocean is that gorgeous aqua color that transitions to deep blue ocean Further out.

You’ll love spending some time on this beach in Kohala!

Hapuna beach has all the full amenities on the island to include restroom with shower facilities, lifeguard stations, picnic tables and barbeque areas, a large parking area, on site food vendor and shady areas along the beach to hide out.

How to get to Hapuna Beach

How to get to Hapuna Beach

Located at Mile Marker 70 on the Kohala coast, Hapuna Beach is located about 31.8 miles from Kailua Kona. Take Hwy 19 to the Kohala coast and make a left at the Hapuna Beach sign and follow directions to the parking lot. From Waimea the drive is about 12.6 miles on Hwy 19 and drive down all the way towards Kawaihae and make a left at the Highway 19 East junction up to the Hapuna Beach sign and make a right turn at Mile Marker 70 and down into the parking lot area.

Parking is $10 for visitors and free for Hawaii residents with a valid ID.

Things to do in Hapuna Beach

Things to do in Hapuna Beach


Swimming is fantastic on the sandy beach and bottom at Hapuna with mostly calm waters and small water breaks on the beach. Later in the day the waves pick up for body surfing and boogey boarding fun. There are lifeguard stations on site to watch for any activity on the beach area.

Hapuna Beach fun for a perfect day on the beach

Snorkeling Fun

Hapuna Beach is mostly a swimming beach but towards both ends of the beach where it’s rocky with cliffs, there is good snorkeling in these areas Visibility is lower due to the sandy bottoms at the beach area, but you can still see okay. Just note that you should have someone watching you since the areas around the cliffs and rocks are not closely monitored by the lifeguards on site.

Picnic and Barbeque at Hapuna

Picnic and Barbeque

There are some nice covered pavilions with barbeque pits and wonderful views of the beach from above. Perfect for larger gatherings to have a potluck or spread out your food in the covered tables, Hapuna beach has it covered for picnic gatherings on site.

Watch a gorgeous sunset at Hapuna

Watch a gorgeous sunset

If you’re not coming for beach time early in the then come in the late after to enjoy more of the beach when people are leaving and you can also admire the fantastic sunsets from the beach looking out on the waters to the horizon. Even better if you can actually catch that green flash when it happens right at the horizon line and you’ve experienced something on Hapuna Beach that only few have actually seen.

Eating venues at Hapuna

Eating venues at Hapuna

There is a café located close to the main parking lot that sells sandwiches and local foods along with renting out snorkeling equipment and boogie boards.

At the Hapuna resort at Naupaka Beach Grill, the poolside café serves easy sandwiches and burgers with covered eating looking out at their gorgeous pools.

Parking at Hapuna Beach

More details

Hours are from 7am to 8pm daily

Cost: $10 Per car but free for Hawaii residents with valid Hawaii ID

Full amenities located on site

Check out more details on their website here for information, conditions and updated news.

Additional reading on Big Island attractions

Additional reading on Big Island attractions

Best beaches to visit in Hawaii

Must visit Big Island Waterfalls

Free of cheap things to do on the Big Island

Top things to do in Kona

A family friendly visit to the Big Island

Kona snorkel and cruise experience

kahalu’u beach park for snorkeling fun

Enjoy a hike and beach at Makalawena Beach

Hiking to the gorgeous Pu’u wa’a wa’a up country

Visit Pololu Valley

Enjoy a beach day at Kua Bay

Enjoy a beach day on a white sandy beach at Magic Sands Beach

Explore the farmers markets around Kona area now.

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