Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako

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Beach · State Park
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Commonly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the country, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area features everything you could hope for in a beach paradise. Soft, white sand is perfect for sunbathing, long strolls by the shore, or for kids to dig in and play. Enjoy swimming and bodysurfing in the crystal-clear water, or admire the view of the water while hiking the coastal trail. Bring an umbrella, or rent one along with other beach equipment. All the facilities you'll need, including parking, showers, restrooms, and places to buy snacks, are available and easily accessible. The beach is exposed to the open ocean. Though there are lifeguards, be careful in the water, especially during high surf. Take a look at our Puako trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Simply beautiful and a must visit. We arrived around 12pm on a Monday and parking was not an issue. Bring a beach umbrella if you are able. There are some pavilions and a few shaded areas but they... 
    Simply beautiful and a must visit. We arrived around 12pm on a Monday and parking was not an issue. Bring a beach umbrella if you are able. There are some pavilions and a few shaded areas but they...  more »
  • Kind of out of the way but not unknown. Busy when we went but we were able to find a spot to drop our stuff and swim. Water was great and refreshing. 
    Kind of out of the way but not unknown. Busy when we went but we were able to find a spot to drop our stuff and swim. Water was great and refreshing.  more »
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  • Beautiful Sandy beach, it does not have shade where the Sandy part, but there is trees and cover area in the far back from the beach. Get to love the sand here as it’s very soft. Good place to go sunbathing. Family with kids are friendly here. There is a fee for parking and park entrance for non resident. No one check, self paid at the station.
  • This was our favorite beach! It’s $10 + $5 per person to park. There is a parking meter thing near the front and you have to walk back to your car to put your receipt in the windshield. So, yea. $15. The beach itself isn’t huge but plenty of space to spread out. The waves here were awesome! We finally got to test the boogie boards and had a blast! There was a Cool snorkeling spot (with turtles!) but the waves made it hard to swim. Even got grandma out there to enjoy the waves. It’s pretty shallow even 10-20 feet in, but the sand shifts to there are pockets of deeper water. They shut the showers off early. But the sprinklers were running the entire time we were there. That was unfortunate because we couldn’t even rinse our feet.

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