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  • Anaehoomalu Bay

    1. Anaehoomalu Bay

    Beach–Sight

    Also known as "A-Bay," this expansive stretch of white sand, classically fringed with coco palms, fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and is...Read More

    Anaehoomalu Bay
  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

    2. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

    Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

    Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
  • 3. Kamakahonu and Ahuena Heiau

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    In the early 1800s, King Kamehameha the Great built a royal compound at Kamakahonu, the bay fronting what is now the Courtyard King Kamehameha...Read More

  • Kapoho Tide Pools

    4. Kapoho Tide Pools

    Beach–Sight

    Snorkelers will find abundant coral reefs and the fish that live within them in this large network of tide pools at the end of Kapoho-Kai Road...Read More

    Kapoho Tide Pools
  • Kaunaoa Beach

    5. Kaunaoa Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Hands down one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, if not the whole state, Kaunaoa features a long crescent of pure white sand framed...Read More

    Kaunaoa Beach
  • Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    6. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    Beach–Sight

    When Hurricance Iniki slammed into Hawaii in 1992, this park lost all of its sand, which is slowly returning decades later. The shoreline is...Read More

    Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
  • Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    7. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    Beach–Sight

    This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Dramatic cliffs surround super-deep, crystal-clear, turquoise...Read More

    Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
  • Kekaha Kai State Park—Mahaiula Side

    8. Kekaha Kai State Park—Mahaiula Side

    Beach–Sight

    It's slowgoing down a 1.8-mile, bumpy but paved road off Highway 19 to this beach park, but it's worth it. This state park encompasses three...Read More

    Kekaha Kai State Park—Mahaiula Side
  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park

    9. Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    A must-do on a south–southeast–bound trip to the volcano, this easily accessible black-sand beach is backed by low dunes, brackish ponds, and...Read More

    Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park
  • 10. Ahalanui Park

    Beach–Sight

    There's nothing like swimming in this natural, geothermally heated tide pool next to the ocean with palm fronds rustling lazily overhead. Popular...Read More

  • 11. Honolii Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    One of the most consistent places on the east side to catch a wave, Honolii is popular with the local surf crowd. The beach is a mix of black...Read More

  • 12. Hookena Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    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...Read More

  • 13. Kahaluu Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    This shallow and easily accessible salt-and-pepper beach is one of the Big Island's most popular swimming and snorkeling sites, thanks to the...Read More

  • 14. Kailua Pier

    Beach–Sight

    Though most fishing boats use Honokohau Harbor, this pier dating from 1918 is still a hub of ocean activity. Outrigger canoe teams practice...Read More

  • 15. Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The trails at this sheltered 1,160-acre coastal park near Honokohau Harbor, just north of Kailua-Kona, are popular with walkers and hikers....Read More

  • 16. Kamakahonu Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This is where King Kamehameha spent his final days—the restored Ahuena Heiau sits on a platform across from the sand. Fronting the Courtyard...Read More

  • 17. Kapoho Tide Pools

    Bath/Hot Spring

    This network of tide pools at the end of Kapoho-Kai Road has been a popular destination for locals and visitors for over 50 years. Created from...Read More

  • 18. Kekaha Kai State Park—Kua Bay Side

    Beach–Sight

    This lovely beach is on the northernmost stretch of the park's coastline on an absolutely beautiful bay. The water is crystal clear, deep aquamarine...Read More

  • 19. Keokea Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    A newly renovated pavilion (damaged in the 2006 quake) welcomes visitors to this 7-acre beach park fronting the rugged shore in North Kohala...Read More

  • 20. Kiholo State Park Reserve

    Beach–Sight

    One of the state park system's newest treasures, Kiholo Bay is still in the planning stage, so facilities are not yet complete. The brilliant...Read More

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