Keokea Beach Park
Keokea Beach Park is uniquely located along the rocky North shoreline of the Big Island. It is a boulder beach whose back faces the sea and cliffs. However, the swimming conditions here are rather below the optimal standards due to the fact that the bay is not protected by any offshore reefs. This results in strong surf and rough waters on most days. In order to deal with the situation, local residents have erected a breakwater of boulders to help improve the cove.
There is a minor stream in the park where kids can play, but parents are advised to keep a keen eye on their young ones so that they don’t stray off to the rocks. Keokea Beach Park also has some of the best beach facilities in the area, some of which include barbeque grills, fire pits, picnic tables, showers, and restrooms. Over the years, it has become a popular picnicking spot and crowds tend to throng the area during weekends and holidays.
As earlier mentioned, even though it technically has no beach to speak of, this park has the best picnic spot around. With an elevated pavilion, visitors are provided with breath-taking views of a rock bay and the diverse crews of local surfers who are daring enough to test the parks hostile shore breaks and tough currents.
Guests can reserve the highest pavilion for events such as parties and get-togethers since the smaller one is usually reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
Season water enthusiasts have also been known to scale the parks’ underwater shoreline in search of special delicacies such opihi and a'ama crab.
Keokea Beach Park has a deep history of being a launching point for fishermen, which continues to this day. Every now and then, you can catch the pole fishermen and divers daring the rugged water terrain.
Entering the park isn’t the easiest or most convenient task since there is one steep road that vehicles can use to gain access. Locals, and visitors alike, normally show their aloha for visitors coming in and out of the park.
Back in 2006, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the upper Northwest Side of the Big Island affecting Kohala, which was the original party site pavilion on Keokea Beach. It took nearly 6 years and $1.4 million to restore and expand the area.
Take Highway route 270 north, and then proceed west until you pass the villages of Hawi and Kapaau. After which, turn left on Mile Marker #27, and you will find the beach.