Mahukona Beach Park
About Mahukona Beach Park on Kohala & North Island, Hawaii
Mahukona Beach Park is on the site of an old sugar company property on the northwest shore of the Big Island. It’s a popular place for swimming as the harbor is usually protected from wind and waves.
Some of the old sugar mill buildings still remain, including one near the shore that says “Hawaii Railway Co. LTD 1930” on the facade. Adjacent to the parking lot there’s a large concrete dock with a rusting crane and other concrete structures. A ladder is provided on the dock for those that go swimming and snorkeling in the harbor. Scuba diving from the protected harbor entrance is common too. Use caution when walking or climbing around on the old structures as they have sharp rusty parts and can be slippery too.
Camp spaces at Mahukona Beach Park can be reserved online through the county website. The campground is located on the south side of the property. If you only plan to stay for the day, picnic tables with barbecues are provided too. A trail to a light tower begins at the camping area – just follow the shore about 200 yards from where the trail starts. If you followed the shore southward much farther you’d run into Lapakahi State Historical Park, an archaeological site with a separate entrance (free parking and highly recommended).
Park hours are 6am to 11pm and alcoholic beverages are allowed from 10am to 10pm. Mahukona Beach Park has a local feel so keep that in mind, especially when visiting on weekends and in the evenings.
To get to Mahukona Beach, drive Highway 270 between Kawaihae and Hawi. The park is well-signed for “Mahukona”.
- Mahukona Park Rd
Waimea, HI 96743
- Park Name
- Mahukona Beach Park
- Other Names
- Ka'oma Point, Mahukona Harbor
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed at county beach parks
- Free day-use parking, fees for camping permits
- Snorkeling, Swimming, Fishing, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Scuba Diving
- Campground, Restrooms, Showers, Covered Pavilion, Picnic Tables, BBQs, Historic Buildings, Lighthouse Tower
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