Ho‘okena Beach in South Kona is highly popular for visitors and locals alike. Just one look at this expansive stretch of gray and white beach and it’s easy to see why. This privately managed well-maintained beach park offers almost everything you could possibly want for a great day on the shore.
Ho‘okena Beach History
Ho‘okena, Hawai‘i was originally an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. After the first steamships arrived in Hawai‘i in 1836, a pier was constructed and Ho‘okena became a bustling port town. With the introduction of streetcars in the 1930s, Ho‘okena’s economy went into decline, with many residents leaving. In 2007, the Ho‘okena community formed Friends of Ho‘okena, a non-profit micro-enterprise aimed at economic sustainability and protection of the area’s rich cultural and natural resources. Ho‘okena Beach continues to be lovingly managed by Friends of Ho‘okena.
Ho‘okena Beach, Hawai‘i Facilities
Ample parking, picnic tables, brick barbecue grills, a pavilion, restrooms, and showers make Ho‘okena Beach Park a great place to spend the day. A beach concession offers snacks and kayak, snorkel gear, and camping equipment rentals. Tent camping is allowed by permit.
Ho‘okena Beach Swimming Conditions
Ho‘okena Beach Park offers great swimming, snorkeling, and boogie boarding; however the entry is rocky, so it’s best to wear reef shoes. The best snorkeling lies on the south side, with excellent reefs and abundant marine life. As with all Hawaiian beaches, check the current conditions and pay heed to all posted signs regarding ocean conditions and safety.
How to Get There
From Kona, take Highway 11 south about 20 miles until you see mile marker 102. The next right is Ho‘okena Beach Road. Go down the windy road 2½ miles. Near the end of the road, turn left onto a narrow, one-lane dirt road lined with rock walls; follow it to the end.