Ho'okena Beach Park
Rustic and rugged, this beach is an off the beaten path beauty. Once bustling landing for inter-island steamships the tiny town of Ho'okena became a bustling port where everything from passengers to mules came and went each week. The beautiful bay of Kauhako became a bustling port that was one of the more bustling ports along the Kona Coast which included a courthouse, jail and school.
AT A GLANCE
Highlights: a grey sand beach surround by high sea cliffs make for a unique beach experience.
Activities: swimming, body boarding, snorkeling, diving depending on ocean conditions. Sun bathing, picnics, camping
Warnings: Winter months bring higher surf and stronger rip currents, rough and dangerous conditions. Windy conditions are prevalent in the winter months. Stinging Portuguese man-o-war jelly fish frequent in varying numbers 10 days after the full moon. Do not leave any valuables in your car at anytime. Nudity is prohibited.
Amenities: restrooms, showers, picnic tables, parking, pavilion, tent camping and rentals
HOW TO GET THERE
Ho'okena Beach Park is located 25 miles south of Kailua-Kona. From Kona International Airport at Keahole. proceed south along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) for 7 miles. The highway changes from Queen Kaahumanu Highway (19) to Hawaii Belt Road (11) at the Palani Road intersection. Continue south along Hawaii Belt Road (11) for 25 miles. Turn right onto Hookena beach Road after mile marker 102. The entrance to the beach and parking lot will be at the end of the road.
Those who enjoy natural and rugged, will fall in love with Hookena. From the colorful area residents and funky shacks to the brightly colored flags near the campsites, this beach is not only off the beaten path but can be an offbeat and free thinking experience.
The soft grey sand shoreline runs the length of Kauhako Bay ending at the base of the sea cliffs. The beach at the base of the cliffs are the best for swimming snorkeling and even launching kayaks. At the center of the beach, remains of the old pier are still visible. It is here where snorkeling is best and divers will find a bounty of colorful reef fish in between the old pier posts.
End of Hookena Beach Road
Captain Cook HI 96704
GPS: 19.379865 , -155.897498