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About Pua Ka Ilima O Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park on Kohala & North Island, Hawaii

Pua Ka Ilima O Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park is a small park with access to a surf break near Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor. The shoreline right at the park is a breakwater made of huge boulders, but it’s a good place to go swimming and snorkeling.

When the winter swells are raging this park will be packed with surfers heading to and from the right-hand surf break located offshore from the breakwater. When the waves are calm the park is mellow and might have swimmers near shore. A staircase has been installed to make getting in and out of the water easier than climbing the boulders.

Picnic tables and benches are provided along the breakwater to look out at surfers and to monitor kids who might be swimming. A grass park with shade trees behind the parking area is a comfortable spot for a picnic.

To get to this park turn into the Port of Kawaihae and continue straight past unappealing sandy beaches on the right (Kawaihae Harbor Beach). The entrance to Pua Ka Ilima Park is on the left at the end of the road.

This park is open daily from 6am to 8pm. Restrooms are available but they are a short walk to the south outside the park.

61-3651 Kawaihae Rd
Waimea, HI 96743
Park Name
Pua Ka 'Ilima 'O Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park
Other Names
Makeahua Gulch, Kawaihae Harbor Beach
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Free parking
Surfing, Swimming, Snorkeling, Picnicking
Showers, Picnic Tables, Benches, Restrooms
5:10 am, April 12, 2024
temperature icon 75°F
L: 74° H: 79°
Feels like 76.75 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0.01 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:06 am
Sunset: 6:40 pm
Humidity 96 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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