Snorkelers and divers make exciting discoveries in the clear waters of this park. Long ago, when sugar was the economic staple of Kohala, this harbor was busy with boats waiting for overseas shipments. Now it's a great swimming hole and an underwater museum of sorts. Remnants of shipping machinery, train wheels and parts, and what looks like an old boat are easily visible in the clear water. There's no actual beach here, but a ladder off the old dock makes getting in the water easy. It's best to venture out only on tranquil days, when the water is calm; conditions can get windy. A popular place for locals, Mahukona is busy on weekends. A camping area on the south side of the park has picnic tables and an old covered pavilion. A trail also leads to nearby Lapakahi State Park, about a ½-mile hike. Amenities: showers; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.
Hwy. 270, about 7 miles south of Hawi, between mile markers 14 and 15, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, 96719, United States