The Big Island may not have as many white sand beaches as O‘ahu, but you if you know where to go, you can find some of the most pristine beaches in the entire state right here on the leeward side of Hawai‘i Island.
One of the most breathtaking beaches in Kona, Makalawena is located just north of the Kona Keahole International Airport. Powder-white sand dunes, secluded lagoons, a Queen’s bath and a majestic stretch of beach define this hidden gem, which can be reached by hiking across a lava trail from Kekaha Kai State Park. This beach is closed on Wednesdays, but every other day of the week offers opportunities for an epic day at an unforgettable destination.
If you’re not up for the hike to Makalawena, you can always park yourself at Kekaha Kai State Park, also known as Mahaiula Beach. The sandy white beach and gentle waters make this a destination to remember. Also located near the airport, Kua Bay offers a scenic and sandy beach that is excellent for swimming and snorkeling, and is easily accessible by car.
Farther up the coast, the seaside village of Puako provides a sleepy setting for relaxation and fun in the sun. Known to locals as Beach 69 (named after the 69th telephone pole that marks the location), Waialea Beach offers plenty of shade and lots of private coves divided by fallen kiawe trees. Public restrooms and outdoor showers have been installed in recent years, making this beach a great destination for families.
Here at Holualoa Inn, visitors can enjoy close proximity to the best beaches on the Big Island. Our Holualoa Inn ohana will be happy to assist you in planning your beach adventures, as you take it all in from the beauty of our Kona Hawai‘i boutique hotel bed and breakfast.
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