Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Beach, Surf Spot, and Gym / Fitness Center
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kamuela, HI 96743, United States
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    Paula G.
    "Best beach on Hawaii for swimming"(2 Tips)
    Darshna
    "Ultra soft luxurious white sand beach - best I've been to so far:)"(11 Tips)
    Brian D.
    "Good sand beaches, but no real shade."(8 Tips)
    Mark V.
    "15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !"(6 Tips)
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  • Matt T.

    Amazing white sand beach. Lovely shallow shelving beach and clear but wavey water. Parking lot is close, costs $5. Boards can be hired.

    Matt Ta-Min · June 3
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  • Allen B.

    Nice beach for swimming and surf exercise.

    Allen Benz · April 28
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  • Julio S.

    Beautiful water....,,all shades if blue!

    Julio Sierra · February 22
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  • Brian D.

    Good sand beaches, but no real shade. Spencer beach is better and more comfortable. Body surfing and rip tides are the only two reasons to go to this beach.

    Brian Duncan · February 9
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  • Jason D.

    Wasn't quite white sand, more light brown. Sand was soft. Make sure to come when sun is out, overcast makes it look darker

    Jason Daza · January 30
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  • Christine H.

    Snorkeling on the north end was easier with lighter waves. Just skim further up the shoreline.

    Christine Hong · December 8, 2014
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  • Justin S.

    Perhaps the best beach in the world. So good they charge for parking. $5

    Justin Sullivan · December 2, 2014
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  • Shawn C.

    Sand is soft as salt.

    Shawn Cheng · October 30, 2014
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  • Joe S.

    This is a gorgeous, huge, beautiful white-sand beach! Visitors pay $5 (good all day), but it's worth it!

    Joe Stainbrook · October 11, 2014
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  • Talisa C.

    Pretty white sand beach with shaded picnic table areas, food, and rentals a bit higher up. Saw some sea turtles!

    Talisa Chang · September 21, 2014
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  • Justin D.

    White sand, clear and teal watered beach, with water so soft and comfortable you'll spend more time in than out. Check out the cave behind the southern lava rock face. You can wade to it in the water.

    Justin Dean · August 30, 2014
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  • hooeyspewer ..

    Gorgeous white sanded beach. Nice waves for boogie boarders and body surfers. Bring a lot of sunscreen and an umbrella - no shade on the beach. There are also picnic areas above the beach.

    hooeyspewer . · August 16, 2014
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  • Maggie M.

    Great for families. Pavilions, snack bar, and life guards.

    Maggie McCauley · May 31, 2014
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  • Gwen R.

    Great boogie boarding. No shade anywhere, so use sun block!

    Gwen Roberts · May 17, 2014
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  • Andrew F.

    Postcard perfect Sandy bottom beach, not common on the big island. Don't expect to see much for snorkeling, but we did have a sea turtle swim through our legs! Get here early as it's a popular spot!

    Andrew Fuller · March 22, 2014
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  • Mark V.

    15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !

    Mark Velasco · January 17, 2014
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  • Алексей Г.

    Хороший пляж для бодидрага. Песок, Большие волны, нет камней в зоне купания. Вход 5$. Есть парковка душ и раздевалки с туалетом.

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  • Jamie

    Best boogie boarding on the island. Sand is amazing!

    Jamie · October 30, 2013
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  • Natalie W.

    Come around 4:30 pm, theres less people and the sun isn't too hot. Nice breeze too.

    Natalie Woo · August 24, 2013
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  • Alec M.

    Surprisingly good snorkeling around the rocks in the middle-left of the beach, saw many large reef fish, Sea urchins, and even an eel. Water depth gets down to 12 feet or so at the far side.

    Alec Mollenhauer · August 9, 2013
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  • Lorena T.

    Paradise Haven love it

    Lorena Taylor · August 6, 2013
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  • Rob L.

    A-Frame Shelters -> http://lvng.me/1e8AuNa

    Rob L · July 30, 2013
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  • Christine C.

    They do charge $5 for parking now but you can see, improvements have been made. Maybe it keeps the riff raff out. And yes, of course, THE best beach on the island!

    Christine Clancy · May 7, 2013
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  • Marina B.

    Beautiful beach, $5 fee for non-residents

    Marina Baliuk · April 26, 2013
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  • Mpyr ..

    Wear sun protection.

    Mpyr .com · April 20, 2013
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  • Stephanie M.

    Amazing! White sand. Gorgeous water. And even though it is a popular spot, it's pretty big so it's not crowded.

    Stephanie Marie · April 19, 2013
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  • Paul W.

    Best beach on island

    Paul Wesley · April 19, 2013
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  • Wade D.

    There's a cool cove at N end of beach: walk N toward the hotel, then W along the trail at hotel lawn edge. Look down. There it is! Swim N just outside the cove for relatively neat & easy snorkeling.

    Wade Dorrell · March 9, 2013
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  • Russel C.

    Perfection. Snorkel toward the left and around the rocky point. Swim anywhere. Relax. Enjoy.

    Russel C · November 20, 2012
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  • Jacob D.

    I work here lol...

    Jacob DeLuz · September 8, 2012
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  • Lisa U.

    For shade, come early and claim a spot by the rocks and trees.

    Lisa Ulanday · August 27, 2012
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  • TJ M.

    Best beach I've ever been to. Sea turtles, boogie boarding, or just laying out make for a great afternoon. Don't forget your umbrella! There's no shade anywhere.

    TJ Mitchell · August 11, 2012
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  • Ben B.

    If your looking for a nice long white sanded beech, this is it.

    Ben Burke · June 10, 2012
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  • Jill S.

    There is a handicap access road on the left of the entrance. Very helpful for dropping off handicapable people who forgot their handicap placards.

    Jill Sommer · May 30, 2012
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  • Paul D.

    Beautiful beach, but no shade, so bring the sunscreen and keep on applying it if you are a haole like me. Come early to claim a nice spot before the crowds arrive.

    Paul Dunn · April 6, 2012
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  • Joe F.

    If you someplace to relax and enjoy life, this is it.

    Joe Fox · April 6, 2012
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  • Ken F.

    The perfect beach for fun in the sun and surf - went on a Thursday afternoon and had plenty of room to relax

    Ken Feucht · February 3, 2012
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  • Annie M.

    Hapuna Beach..Rarely anyone after dusk, so its amazing until gates close at 8pm.

    Annie Mendoza · January 26, 2012
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  • Michael C.

    Park upper lot always. Side trail takes you right to restrooms and Beach. Stick to the rocks at left if any wind.

    Michael Chaille · December 24, 2011
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  • Darshna

    Ultra soft luxurious white sand beach - best I've been to so far:)

    Darshna · December 20, 2011
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  • Jay P.

    One of the 2 Best Beaches in the Big Island beside Mauna Kea

    Jay Putera · November 30, 2011
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  • Aprendi

    Rigo S., uno de nuestros viajeros, te aconseja: "¡Esta es la mejor playa en Hawaii!" ¡No te olvides tu plancha de surf y cuéntanos tu experiencia con las olas en Aprendí! Read more

    Aprendi · November 17, 2011
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  • Kelsey L.

    Nice beach! A little crowded but nice waves!

    Kelsey Larson · August 26, 2011
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  • Irene

    Beautiful white sand beach!

    Irene · July 30, 2011
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  • Kellen D.

    By far the best beach on Hawaii! Bring a boogie board, the waves are amazing! No shade so bring your own if you need it.

    Kellen Deady · July 9, 2011
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  • Paula G.

    Best beach on Hawaii for swimming

    Paula Ganyard · June 19, 2011
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  • Geoffrey B.

    Find the cave on the way left near the cliffs.

    Geoffrey Brailsford · May 17, 2011
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  • Nicky C.

    Its not the only white sand beach by kona... But you def need an umbrella if youre a malihine or you will leave looking like a lobster

    Nicky Collins · March 29, 2011
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  • Catherine M.

    One of the best beaches on the Big Island

    Catherine Maisonneuve · March 23, 2011
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  • Ashley

    Best beach going ever!! Definitely some awesome waves out here!!

    Ashley · March 2, 2011
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