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About Richardson Ocean Park on Hilo & East Island, Hawaii

Richardson Ocean Park is a popular and scenic family-friendly beach on the shore east of Hilo. It has a small black sand beach but mostly has an irregular lava rock shoreline with swimming areas and tide pools galore.

The park is especially popular with families due to the protected swimming areas and lifeguards who are on hand every day. Swimming and snorkeling are the biggest activities at Richardson Ocean Park.

The park itself is a picturesque spot with grass lawns surrounding natural freshwater pools. It’s a superb place to get out for a walk. If you like tidepools, continue through the park to the point and explore around the lava rock shore there.

To find Richardson Ocean Park from downtown Hilo, drive east on Kamehameha Avenue then Kalanianaole Street. The parking lot is well signed near the end of this road about five miles from the Hilo waterfront.

2355 Kalanianaole St
Hilo, HI 96720
Park Name
Richardson Ocean Park
Other Names
Richardson's Ocean Center, Beach Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed at county beach parks
Free day-use parking
Snorkeling, Swimming, Fishing, Picnicking, Sunbathing, Tidepooling
Lifeguards, Restrooms, Showers, Drinking Water, Picnic Tables, Benches, Grass Lawns, Tide Pools, Ponds
6:22 am, June 18, 2024
temperature icon 69°F
L: 69° H: 78°
Feels like 70.57 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0.02 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:41 am
Sunset: 7:01 pm
Humidity 99 %
Pressure1019 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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