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Hapuna Beach State Park

Walk across the white sand of this idyllic beach to reach the warm Hawaiian waters beyond.

Hapuna Beach is one of the few white-sand beaches on the Big Island’s west coast. The state park covers 61.8 acres (25 hectares) of the island and is a great destination to hike, swim and snorkel. The park is also home to the popular Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, sister hotel to the famous Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Hapuna Beach is long and expansive, and there is more than enough room even on a crowded day. Stretch out your towel and enjoy the best of Hawaii’s sun, sand and surf. The water here is shallow and often quite warm in summer. The protected section at the northern end of the beach is perfect for swimming with children.

While lifeguards patrol the beach, large swells are known to reach the beach and riptides may form, with waves of 3 feet (1 meter) or higher, especially during winter. Familiarize yourself with the conditions before venturing into the water.

Jump from the cliffs at the south end of the beach into the ocean, an activity popular among the locals. In ancient Hawaii this act was a popular sport called lelekawa, with the aim being to make the smallest splash upon entry.

Hike part of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail that runs through the state park. This trail follows the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island for 175 miles (281 kilometers) linking a number of ancient Hawaii’s significant cultural and historical sites.

The Hapuna Beach State Park is a particularly popular location for its wide range of amenities. There are restaurants, bars, small food vendors, equipment rental companies, restrooms and picnic tables. The area also has six shelters for overnight lodging available for rent via the Hawaii State Park website.  

Hapuna Beach State Park is located on the Kohola Coast, approximately 32 miles (51 kilometers) north of Kailua-Kona. The park is best reached by car, with ample parking available. Some charter buses serve the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; however, they are not always available for day visitors.

The beach is open daily and a small entrance fee applies.


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Hapuna Beach Resort

Hapuna Beach Resort

62-100 Kauna'oa Drive, Kamuela
4.4
of 5, from 1,288 reviews
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Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach Resort is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute drive from Waimea.

$399
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela
4.6
of 5, from 147 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

An architectural trend-setter on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features golf, gardens, and 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks; Waimea is 13 miles away, and Hawi is 21 miles away.

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Fall Specials! Waialea Bay, White Sand Beach - Authentic Hawaii

661475 Waialea bay lane, Kamuela
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Puako, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waialea Beach and Hapuna Beach State Park. Puako Bay is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

Fall Specials on Waialea Bay! White Sand Beach - Perfect for Families

Fall Specials on Waialea Bay! White Sand Beach - Perfect for Families

78432 Waialea Bay Estates, Kamuela,
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Puako, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waialea Beach and Hapuna Beach State Park. Puako Bay is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

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Wai ula ula344

62-3600 Maui Place 344, Kamuela
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hapuna Beach State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach and Puako Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Maile Cottage (Big Island) by RedAwning

Maile Cottage (Big Island) by RedAwning

66-1461-A Wailea Bay, Kamuela
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Puako, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Puako Bay and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Hapuna Beach State Park. Waialea Beach is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

Kumulani at Mauna Kea

Kumulani at Mauna Kea

62-3596 Lolii Way, Kamuela
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this spa condo is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Hapuna Beach State Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Waialea Beach and Mauna Kea Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Kumulani F 2

Kumulani F 2

62-3626 Loli i Way, Kamuela
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Hapuna Beach State Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Waialea Beach and Mauna Kea Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).