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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
5:06 am, June 18, 2024
temperature icon 74°F
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Feels like 74.16 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 7 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:44 am
Sunset: 7:05 pm
Humidity 74 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 7 m/s

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