Discover Whittington beach park and Honuapo Bay in the Big Island
This scenic beach park filled with the ponds and tidepools are fun to explore and enjoy the coastline here in Ka’u and just a short distance from Na’alehu town. Since, there’s not too much information about this beach park, find out more about Whittington’s fascinating history below.
History of Whittington Beach Park
In the early 1800s, Honuapo was a fishing village with the Honuapo pier constructed for ocean passage to the area. Once a prosperous and busy port area, the town of Honuapo was a bustling sugar cane town supporting the Hutchinson Sugar Plantation along with a shipping pier located at Whittington beach, which was also busy shipping facility. The sugar boom was active from the 1870s to late 1930s when competition for sugar went to cheaper growing and processing centers around the world. A large tsunami wiped out a large part of low-lying areas around the Big Island, this included the main pier at Whittington beach.
In 1948 the land was turned into Whittington park and named after Richard Henry Whittington with an 82-acre parcel for the public to enjoy and Honuapo or “turtle cove” for the various sea turtles that frequent the area. After Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1951, the Honuapo pier was also bombed to minimize any landing spots for the Japanese troops to get to the Big Island. What you see know are the remnants of what survived the bombing of the pier.
Amenities and attractions at the park
You’ll find nice picnic grounds
Restroom and shower area at the park that is non potable
Tidepools and pond areas to explore
Camping is allowed with permits
Fishing on the rocky areas or offshore
Park hours are
Daily from 7am to 7pm
Sea turtles at Whittington
One thing that makes Whittington beach unique are the endangered Hawksbill sea turtles that can often be seen here especially in the fishpond area at night time. The best time to spot them is at dusk or early dawn in the pond areas of the park where they are going to and from the ocean. The turtles come into the pond at night for safety and leave the inlet area into the ocean during the early morning hours.
Swimming is dangerous in the beach area but exploring the tidepools and swimming there along with enjoying time at the beach is a popular pastime here along with fishing off the shoreline.
How to get to Whittington Beach
Other attractions to visit around Whittington and Na’alehu area
Explore Na’alehu town and surrounding areas
Drop by Punalu’u bake shop for some delicious breads and sweets
Visit the South Point at Ka Lae area
Check out the Black sand beach at Punalu’u
Hike to the Green Sand beach at Papakolea area
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