Pahoehoe Beach Park
Speed too fast down Aliʻi Drive and you just might miss Pahoehoe Beach Park, a narrow strip of grass planted right on the Kailua-Kona coastline. There is only street parking, and the area does not offer much beach, but Pahoehoe Beach Park is perfect for a place to rest and watch the ocean. The grassy gnoll of the park features several showers, benches, paved walkways, and a chest-high wall. While not especially large, this park is usually empty and quiet. Large trees fill the lot offering up much needed shelter from the intense sun.
What To Expect
Right above the field is a small patch of rocky sand and coral. Like much of the island, exposed reef and dense lava rock pepper the coastline. It should be noted that there is much more rock than sand at this beach park, which necessitates caution and sensible footwear. Furthermore, the sharp rocky coast and the presence of unexpected riptides can make it difficult for recreationalists to conduct aquatic activities. From this jagged approach, you will be treated to some of the clearer more untouched Kailua-Kona water.
Farther out from the coast, the area offers exceptional underwater views of both ocean-life and natural geological structures. Snorkeling and scuba diving are highly recommended for this beach, as long as you can traverse the sharp rocks and debris that line the shallows of the area and are mindful of the current. Whether you are looking for a peaceful grassy spot to unwind and watch the ocean, or an empty beach to cool off in, Pahoehoe Beach Park remains a viable, albeit unexciting offering.