Waiaha Beach Park


Popularly known as Honl's, Waiaha Beach Park is a tiny sliver of white sand beach that is easy to overlook while driving along Ali'i Drive. However, many find this respite from the busier Kona coast beaches the perfect spot for a quiet relaxing beach experience.


Highlights: Small, tiny and popular with body boarders and other expert ocean sports.

Activities: body boarding ocean conditions. Sun bathing, picnics

Lifeguard: none

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 are prohibited.

Amenities: restrooms, showers, picnic tables, parking


Waiaha Beach Park is located between the town of Kailua-Kona and the Keauhou Resort. From Kona International Airport at Keahole. Proceed south along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) for 7 miles. Turn right onto Palani Road. Continue onto Alii Drive for 2 miles. The beach will be on the right.

One of the best boogie boarding beaches along the Kona coast, Waiaha tends to be quieter on weekdays. Weekends bring regulars what is popularly known as the birthplace of body boarding. The rocky shoreline makes this beach not the first choice for swimming or snorkeling, but those who choose to make the short paddle out can enjoy a consistent supply of powerful and fast braking reef waves.

The lack of a lifeguard and the difficult access to the water makes this beach not the best choice for anyone other than experts. Although many with solid stand-up paddle board skills will enjoy the days when conditions are flat and winds are light.

Those just wanting to find a quiet spot under a coconut tree to read and relax will often gather toward the southern end of the beach where shade is abundant.

No website. Local knowledge only.


Along Alii Drive near mile marker 1
Kailua-Kona HI 96740
GPS: 19.628203 , -155.987872


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