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Kamakahonu Beach

  • 75-5660 Palani Rd. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Beach–Sight

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

This is where King Kamehameha spent his final days—the restored Ahuena Heiau sits on a platform across from the sand. Fronting the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel and adjacent to Kailua Pier, this scenic crescent of white sand is one of few beaches in downtown Kailua-Kona. The water here is almost always calm and the beach clean, making this a perfect spot for kids. For adults, it's a great place for a swim, some stand-up paddleboarding, watching outrigger teams practice, or enjoying a lazy beach day. It can get crowded on weekends. Snorkeling can be good north of the beach, and snorkeling, SUP, and kayaking equipment can be rented nearby. A little family of sea turtles likes to hang out next to the seawall, so keep an eye out. There's lots of grass and shade, and free parking in county lots is a short stroll away. Amenities: food and drink; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

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75-5660 Palani Rd., at Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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Aug 1, 2016

Interesting place to see

This is a pretty fun place to visit for both the historical aspects as well as the beach itself. It's not the best beach you'll find, not even close, but it is a good beach if you're staying in the area. More at: