Onekahakaha Beach Park
Onekahakaha Beach Park, formerly referred to as Keonekahakaha Beach, is a one-of-a-kind place that is ideally located just south of downtown Hilo, where you will find the Big Islands east shore. It offers a perfect venue for families with small kids and those interested in tide pooling.
What visitors can expect
The near shore waters are shallow and free of wave action and currents, allowing visitors to take a stroll and get their feet wet. Another ideal site is the sand-bottomed cove disconnected by a boulder break. In addition, for safety purposes, lifeguards are on all year round, so you don’t can rest assured someone is watching you in case if trouble.
The cove at Onekahakaha Beach Park is surrounded by a small number of tide pools which are sometimes graced by sea turtles. The biggest one serves as home to a large population of sea urchins, as well brittle stars, cone shells, sea cucumbers and sea anemones. However, it is not child-friendly and its bottom is deeper, rockier and unprotected by breakwater. In addition, it is subject to currents that are quite strong particularly when the surf is up. People were known to drown, or nearly drown before the introduction of lifeguards.
Tide levels are rather noticeable since low levels reveal the sandy bottom, while high tide means a nice wading area nearer to the shore. The depth tends to gradually rise as you make your way towards the boulder break.
There is a concrete ramp that leads into the water, making any descent to the sandy area safe and easier. There is also a stairway close to the lifeguard booth.
In addition, visitors can also choose to have pavilions of their choice reserved on their behalf for events such as parties and get-togethers by Hawaii’s County Division for Parks and Recreation.
If you decide to go tide pooling, it is essential that you take precautions for your own well-being. Some of the things you should do to keep yourself safe include always wearing water shoes to protect your feet from sharp reef or lava rocks, and avoiding contact with sea urchins or other kinds of ocean creatures.
All in all, Onekahakaha Beach is considered to be among the most popular regions in Hawaii due to its soft sandy beaches and boulder protection.
To arrive at Onekahakaha Beach, use King Kamehameha Road just after Banyan Drive all the way to Kanoelehua Street. Proceed on to Kalaniana'ole Street, which is around 4 miles along the coast. Turn towards the Beach Park, the follow the parking lot located to the right.
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Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Electricity, Picnic Area, Drinking Water, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Pavilion(s), Wheelchair Accessible
Weekends/ Holidays/ Summer Breaks 9:30-4:45
No Camping Allowed
Hilo , HI 96720