About Kikaua Point Park (Keiki Beach) on Kona & West Island, Hawaii
Kikaua Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches on the Kona Coast. It’s located in the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort and is popular so parking can be a problem if you don’t get there early in the morning.
The main reason this beach is so popular with families is that it has a safe lagoon for kids to swim and play in. It also has a soft sandy entry and it’s easy for parents to get a comfortable place where they can see what’s going on in the lagoon. On the north side of Kikaua Beach Park there’s a flat sandy place and small pockets of grass with shade that are excellent if you don’t have keikis (kids) to monitor in the lagoon. Surfers sometimes ride the waves that break around Kikaua Point and the grassy areas are perfect for watching them.
There’s a path through the lava rock that leads north to Kukio Beach which has excellent snorkeling. The black lava all around the point offers area views and is worth exploring if you have good shoes and enjoy climbing around on rocks. You’ll find tide pools on the point if you look around.
The restrooms are right next to the beach at Kikaua Beach Park instead of at the parking lot like nearby beaches. Behind the beach you’ll find several historic Hawaiian structures that remain from what must have been valuable real estate in ancient times. Do not disturb any walls you encounter.
To get to Kikaua Beach, drive into the Hualalai Resort and go straight ahead to the entrance station. Tell them you want to go to Kikaua Beach and they’ll give you a pass if the 30 parking spaces haven’t been filled yet. We recommend going before 10am at the latest if you want a good chance of getting into this park. Ask for directions from the entrance attendant who’ll tell you to go around the station like you are heading back to the highway, but you’ll go right (south) on Aina Kaha Place. This road ends at the parking lot. It’s a short walk of about 300 yards on a paved path from the lot. Along this path you’ll find an access on the left which goes to the rocky shores of Kakapa Bay which has adequate snorkeling when the waves aren’t rough.
- Aina Kaha Pl
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
- Park Name
- Kikaua Point Park
- Other Names
- Kikaua Beach, Kakapa Bay Access
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed in the park
- Free parking (get a pass at entrance gate)
- Swimming, Sunbathing, Snorkeling, Surfing
- Protected Saltwater Cove, Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Tables, Drinking Water, Grass Lawn, Rock Arch, Tide Pools, Historic Structures
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