Spencer Beach Park is highly popular for visitors and locals alike, and with one look at this expansive stretch of white sand and calm waters it’s easy to see why. This kid-friendly, well-maintained beach park offers almost everything you could possibly want for tons of beach time fun.
Spencer Beach History
The original name of Spencer Beach was ‘Ōhaiʻula, and is the site of the massive Pu‘ukoholā Heiau (Hawaiian temple). King Kamehameha built the heiau in 1790 as a sacrificial temple dedicated to Kū, the god of war. The king’s rivals were the first to be sacrificed there, with Kamehameha shortly thereafter launching military assaults on the other islands in an effort to unify the Hawaiian chain. Spencer Beach was later renamed in tribute to local politician Samuel Mahuka Spencer. A chairman and executive officer of the Hawai‘i County Board of Supervisors from 1924 to 1944, Spencer was responsible for several infrastructure improvements around the island. Spencer passed away in 1960.
Spencer Beach Hawai’i Big Island Facilities
Paved parking, picnic tables, brick barbecue grills, a large pavilion, restrooms, and showers make Spencer Beach Big Island, Hawai’i very comfortable. Tent camping is allowed by permit.
Spencer Beach Park Swimming Conditions
Spencer Beach’s clear, calm waters make for great swimming and snorkeling, and easy sand bottom entry makes this beach very kid-friendly. 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 19 north to Highway 270. Continue on 270 towards Kawaihae. Between mile markers 2 and 3 is the Spencer Beach access road. Turn left then follow the paved road to where it terminates at the Spencer Beach parking lot. What are you waiting for? The best beaches on Hawai’i’s Big Island are waiting!