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Big Island Sights

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

  • Hwy. 19 Map It
  • Waimea (Hawaii County)
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  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

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Updated 03/04/2015

Fodor's Review

One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection. The turquoise water is calm in summer with just enough rolling waves to make bodysurfing and body boarding fun. Watch for the undertow; in winter it can be rough. There is excellent snorkeling around the jagged rocks that border the beach on either side, but high surf brings strong currents. Known for awesome sunsets, this is one of the best places on the island to see the "green flash" as the sun dips below a clear horizon. The north end of the beach fronts the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which rents water-sports equipment and has a food concession with shaded picnic tables. There is ample parking, although the lot can fill up by midday and the beach can get crowded on holidays. Lifeguards, on duty during peak hours, only cover the state park section, not areas north of the rocky cliff that juts out near the middle of the beach. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

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Hwy. 19, near mile marker 69, just south of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii, 96743, United States

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Updated 03/04/2015


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