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About Honomalino Bay Beach on Kona & West Island, Hawaii

Honomalino Beach is a remote black sand beach located south of Miloli’i Beach Park. Getting there requires a hike of about three-quarters of a mile, but it’s worth the effort as it’s a picturesque spot and usually not busy, especially if you go mid-week.

To find the trailhead, turn off Highway 11 and drive down Miloli’i Road to the very end and park in the lot near the covered picnic pavilion and the bright yellow Hauoli Kamanoa Church. This drive takes a little over an hour from Kailua-Kona. Don’t leave any valuables in your car.

The trail begins just beyond the restrooms building and is signed “Honomolino / Okoe Bay” (note the different spelling). Do not walk down the road which says “stay out”. You’ll have to go over logs and duck under trees along this unique trail. Signs and arrows painted on the rocks help direct the way. The hike takes about a half-hour each way so budget that much time when you leave Honomalino Beach to get back to your car.

Signs along the path mention that sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals could be present at Honomalino. If you see these animals stay way back to avoid stressing them out.

Camping is not allowed at Honomalino Bay, but it is at Miloli’i Beach Park if you reserve your spot online before getting down there. Consult the county website for booking a camp spot.

Pack everything you’ll need to eat and drink for the day as the water at Miloli’i Park is not potable and there are no stores in Miloli’i. If you are camping, bring all the water you’ll need for your entire stay.

The hike to Okoe Bay Beach is another 1.6 miles one-way from Honomalino and is also just for day-hiking.

89-1151 Government Rd
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Pet Details
No dogs allowed at Milolii Park
Free parking at trailhead
Hiking, Swimming, Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Beach Exploration
Trails, Tide Pools, No Facilities
Hawaiian Ocean View,US
7:45 am, June 18, 2024
temperature icon 80°F
L: 74° H: 80°
Feels like 79.68 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 1.88
Precipitation: 0.01 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:46 am
Sunset: 7:03 pm
Humidity 67 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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Okoe Bay Beach

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April 17, 2024

We arrived at the parking lot and a woman was taking pictures of our license plate and telling us we should not park at the state park and go on the hike.

I talked with a local youth pastor who confirmed that yep, you should not park and take a hike as the hike goes through private property.

Tourists are clearly not welcome in this place. Not worth the long Twisty Road.

December 15, 2023

If you follow the directions given in the text “ABOUT HONOMALINO BAY BEACH ON KONA & WEST ISLAND, HAWAII” you will have wasted your time. Locals guard the parking lot and picnic area and will chase you out unless you know someone local and have an invite. We were told the trail described in the text is NOT PUBLIC. Neither the road you are warned against or the trail described. Locals are very adamant about keeping haole out!