Mahukona Park was once a settlement in Hawaii before it was deserted by the sugar cane factory operating it. Although it is not a real beach, most people still love to snorkel and swim there; if in any case, you join them, be very careful as the currents on this portion of the island are really strong. Also keep in mind that just like the other island destinations, there are absolutely no lifeguards.
All around the park, one can find bits of abandoned sugar mill equipment here and there; giving the park an eerie beauty. However, the ruins are not limited to the park alone; dive underwater and you will find even more ruins from the old sugar factory and a minor shipwreck. Exercise extreme caution while walking about the ruins as they are crumbling and have corroding and sharp support beams all over. The old sugar cane company that managed the harbor date as far back as the early 1900’s and packed up around the 1950’s. Ever since then, Mahukona Park has been managed by Hawaii County.
The Mahukona park (or as some call it – “the Mahukona beach) is not the regular sort of park or beach you see everywhere. Firstly, it isn’t actually a beach rather it is an old commercial harbor that was deserted by the Kohala Sugar Company running it. One of the major attractions in the Mahukona Park is the ancient enterprises’ ruins. Probably that is what gives it that special charm that keeps attracting visitors.
Mahukona is a favorite spot for swimming and snorkeling for many reasons; it's gentle and clear waters are definitely one of them. Looking at the face of the beach, one can easily find old mill machinery, equipment and right in the center of the beautiful coral reefs; a shipwreck. It’s so impressive most people who come by the Mahukona never forget to take loads of pictures!The water might be the most beautiful sight at this park, but there are even more to check out on land especially the fascinating ancient and rusting equipment from the old sugarcane factory. All the rusted machinery and equipment simply add to the rugged, breathtaking taint of the area.
The water can easily be accessed right from the top of the harbor, however, the shore is quite filled with rocks; it is never easy to navigate. For your own convenience, I’d say you should carry along a pair of sturdy sandals. The entrance to the water is marked with some mild sloping steps preventing any drop-offs.
Since Mahukona is not a beach, sometimes getting into the water might be challenging. Fortunately, there is a ladder resting on the old and weak dock that takes you in carefully into the water. Honestly, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere near Mahukona once the weather is going dark. During the weekends however, Mahukona is quite busy during the weekend and since more tourists and campers prefer to visit during the weekends