One of the most popular beaches for locals and tourists alike, Hapuna Beach is a true Hawaiian paradise. Most likely being the most famous beach on the Big Island, its no question that Hapuna Beach has been voted to be one of the prettiest beaches in the world. It also happens to be one of the largest beaches on the island. Hapuna Beach State Park is part of a 61 acre park, forming a ½ mile crescent with a gorgeous white sand beach that is guarded by rocky points on both ends.
Hapuna Beach’s crescent shape and gently sloping shore makes it a great place for kids to enjoy a day on the beach and in the water. Be sure to always keep an eye on the waves though, especially during the winter months where the waves can be quite significant. Hapuna Beach is a popular spot for body boarders and body surfing because of the waves. The beach area is watched over by lifeguards that will post markers indicating the conditions of the water and waves. The winter months is when the surf can become hazardous, but during the summer, conditions are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and body surfing with a sloping beach stretching as wide as 200 feet and a gorgeous blue ocean, you can have a picture-perfect day here at Hapuna Beach.
Hapuna Beach is easy to get to, being accessible right off of Highway 19. There is an enormous paved parking lot that has bathroom and shower facilities for your use. You will also find concession stands here for your convenience. State cabins are available for rent with a snack bar nearby for those different food cravings while one enjoys themselves at Hapuna Beach. Keep in mind that lifeguards are not always on duty, so always take caution when in or near the water.
Partly due to it’s many picnic tables and pavilions, along with lush, shaded grassy areas, Hapuna Beach is very popular. Even through the parking lot may be full; the beach is so big that it seldom feels very crowded. Just by walking north, around the rocks, you will find a gorgeous arc of sand right in front of the Hapuna Prince Hotel where you can find some seclusion. At the north end of that beach, around the rocks you will find a good spot for snorkeling when the waters are calm.
Hapuna Beach is located off of Highway 19, between Mauna Kea Beach and Mauna Lani Resorts. It is a must-see beach. Being at the foot of rolling hills, the vast state park offers you tree-shaded areas, covered pavilions, picnic areas, and large grassy fields. With white sands, sparkling blue waters, black barren lava rocks, and footpaths leading you through lush green vegetation, you are in for a picture-perfect paradise. Hapuna Beach offers many great facilities for your use, as previously mentioned these facilities include: restrooms, concession stands, picnic tables, pavilions, showers, a paved parking lot, and even bar-b-que pits. Hapuna Beach is a family-friendly place being both wheelchair and stroller accessible. Kids and adults of any age will enjoy the waves, the soft sand, and the golden Hawaiian sun. You cant go wrong when one visits Hapuna Beach.