Puako Beach


What was once a small fishing village, Puako has become much of a beachfront vacation home community. Puako Beach is much different from the many postcard perfect neighbors, but it's charm lies in the quietness and natural setting of this small community. The fishing beach and the shoreline is accessible from many points along the road to discover hidden tide pools, exposed rock shorelines and genuinely provides a feeling of old Hawaii


Highlights: The rocky shoreline stretches for almost 3.5 miles. Visitors can enjoy exploring the many tide pools at this quiet out of the way shoreline.

Activities: Exploring tide pools, wading, walking, beachcombing, fishing

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 is illegal.

Amenities: Several shoreline access points, portable toilets, parking, boat ramp, diving


Puako Beach is located 6.5 miles south of Kawaihae Harbor. From Kona International Airport at Keahole proceed north along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) for 22.5 miles. Turn left onto Puako Beach Drive. The shoreline access points begin just past the boat to the end of the road.

Low-key atmosphere rules at this neighborhood shoreline, but for those who take the trouble to find this quiet off the beaten path location, is an opportunity to explore tide pools, beach comb, explore tide pools and watch the surf crash over the rocks that protect the beach from the open ocean.

The shoreline has been a favorite spot of fishermen for decades, so be prepared to share the shoreline with locals who come to lay nets and set-up poles along the shore and a handful of surfers who enjoy the surf break near the end of the road.

Those who enjoy this beach take the time to find their perfect spot to enjoy the privacy, sounds of the waves and stellar views of the North Kohala coastline in the distance. Those who love history will find a visit to historic Hokuloa Church along the shoreline a delight. Take along a picnic lunch and beverages since there is no snack shop available.


Along Puako Beach Road
Kamuela HI 96743
GPS: 19.969254 , -155.843601

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