Magic Sands Beach
Right to the south of Pahoehoe Beach Park in Kailua-Kona is another quaint park known as Laʻaloa Beach County Park. While the Hawaiian translation means “very sacred”, most people know the area as Magic Sands or Disappearing Sands due to a phenomenon that happens numerous times a year; during storms or tumultuous surf condition, the sand of the beach is literally washed out to sea exposing the lava rock beneath. When the waters calm, the sand is slowly brought back to shore, filling the beach with sand.
When there is sand on this beach, it’s a nice place to sit down and relax and enjoy the water. There is plenty of room for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling, and the area offers parking, restrooms, showers, and potable drinking water. There is also a beach volleyball court and several picnic tables and benches made available the public. A permanent lifeguard post sits right on the beach as the area is known to receive heavy waves and strong currents. Even on calmer days, inexperienced visitors should pay extra heed to the riptide that forms off the coast.
When the sand is swept out, the beach loses some of its appeal, but Laʻaloa Beach County Park is still a fantastic place to practice surfing, bodyboarding, and snorkeling. There are also several tidepools to explore up and down the shoreline, as well as sea turtles that frequent the area. Magic Sands can get pretty crowded on a busy day, and there are several other nice beaches in the area, but for those who want convenient access to a white sand beach (when it’s still there) this may be a perfectly good alternative.