Hapuna Beach State Park
- Type: Beaches, Swimming/Pools
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The deliberately named waters of Hapuna Beach -- Hapuna means "spring" or "pool" in Hawaiian -- are probably the most loved on all of Big Island. Both visitors and residents flock to this beach on the Kohala coast, and encourage you to do the same. If you're not visiting for the soft-as-cotton sand, then you've probably come for the aquamarine water. And if you aren't enjoying the aquamarine water then you've probably come for the not-to-be-believed sunsets.
Hapuna Beach's famously calm waves are really only famously calm for part of the year; in the wintertime the tide might be too rough for swimming. And this beautiful beach is understandably crowded much of the time, but doesn't have concession stands or beach-side restaurants. Still, recent travelers are more inclined to point out Hapuna's positives: There's almost always a lifeguard on duty, which is invaluable when the tide is high; there's plenty of parking, which isn't the case at Big Island's other popular beach, Kaunaoa; and you'll find plenty of picnic benches and restrooms.