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Hookena Beach Park

  • Hwy. 11 Map It
  • Captain Cook
  • Beach–Sight

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

The 2½-mile road to this quiet, secluded little gem feels like you're venturing off the beaten path. The area is rich in history, with remnants of an old steamship pier testifying to its former role as a thriving port town, complete with (now gone) post office, church, and stores. Today, though much quieter, it's still an active Hawaiian fishing village, beloved by residents and tended to by a local nonprofit community organization. It has a clean, soft mix of dark brown and gray sand and is backed by steep emerald embankments and a dramatic sloping pali (cliff) making for picturesque tropical vistas. The bay is usually calm, tranquil and clear with small surf—good for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The park partnership oversees beach concessions, camping permits, and security. You can rent snorkeling equipment, kayaks, beach chairs, umbrellas and SUPs. Amenities: food and drink; parking (no fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

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Hwy. 11, between mile markers 101 and 102, Captain Cook, Hawaii, 96704, USA

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Published 01/20/2010


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