Wai’olena Beach Park
Adjacent to the well known Lele’iwi Beach Park, Waiʻolena is a small beach along the Kalaniana'ole Beach road in Hilo. If you're enjoying the beautiful coastal view of the drive, you may just miss this little beach on the left side of the road.
The park is split into two areas by the county parking lot. To the left of the parking lot is a grassy area on top of a small hill where the picnic pavilions are located. There is no sandy beach here, only a lava rock shoreline, so swimming isn't really possible in this area. You may, however, find skilled fishermen throwing their nets into the water or pole fishing in the area.
On the right side of the parking lot, you'll find a large, rocky bottomed pond. The water there is best known for it's clear, see through surface and chilly temperatures since a freshwater spring is said to be located in the area.
You'll find locals parked along the roadside near the pond diving into it's refreshing water. From the parking lot area, a small walkway exists to make getting into the water much easier.
The water can also be deceivingly shallow at low tide so visitors should exercise caution when diving into the water.
The parking lot is very close to the busy beach road so it’s important to be aware of the traffic particularly if you’re travelling with young children.
On a clear day and if you're lucky enough, you may be able see a school of whales from the shore.
This beach park is mainly frequented by local families who come here to picnic and wade in the water.
Directions: From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue. There is a parking lot on your left at Waiolena Beach Park.