Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park
Hidden deep along the picture-perfect Hāmākua coastline rests the small town of Laupāhoehoe, which at one point of Hawaii’s history had been a plantation town on the rise. However, the 1946 tsunami completely devastated the sea level portion of the peninsula, killing 24 and wiping out a schoolhouse. Today, there stands a monument on the Laupāhoehoe Point dedicated to those who were lost in this catastrophic natural disaster. Despite its unfortunate past, Laupāhoehoe Point Beach offers gorgeous views and coastal imagery and the promise of a perfectly relaxing day at the park.
To reach Laupāhoehoe Point Beach Park, you must navigate down a windy, mile-long road cut into the steep cliffs of the area. The drive features stunning views of the Pacific ocean as well as the primal bluffs that make up much of the coastline. At the bottom of the steep road is a calm, inviting park, complete with pavilions, restrooms, and sprawling lawn. A small concrete breakwater shields a miniature boat launch, which opens up to Laupāhoehoe’s natural cove. You will find plenty of picnic and photography opportunities wherever you look at this destination.
Swimming is not advised given the very choppy waters, although the area is quite popular with fishermen. Laupāhoehoe is a relatively secluded area, and its park does not get much traffic during the weekdays – although locals do a fondness for the area. Regardless of when you go, it is a perfect place to relax and unwind as it is usually overcast and shady. Laupāhoehoe is a testament to the sheer magic and haunting power of the ocean, and is highly recommended for its breathtaking beauty.