Kikaua Point Beach is a tiny but very beautiful beach that is located about ten miles north of Kailua-Kona. Kikaua Beach is perhaps the calmest beach on the Big Island being protected from the open ocean by a series of huge boulders and rocks that provide a rim for the pond-like beach within. This beach is really perfect for just two activities: it is fantastic as a place to bring children or people who can't swim well because it is so calm with no wave action and it is a favorite place as a wedding location.
Kikaua Point Beach is not a great place to snorkel as the pond area is all sand bottom and venturing out beyond the protective rock boundary can be a very dangerous maneuver. Besides, the area beyond the rocks does not provide good snorkeling anyway. As a place to bring young children on most days of the year except probably the stormiest of days in the winter, Kikaua Point is ideal. The pond area almost never gets deeper than waist deep on an adult and there is a gradual sand bottom that gets you to that point. With proper supervision this would be an ideal spot to enjoy a day with your young family.
In recent years this has become a popular wedding location as it not only has the beautiful beach but also a nice grass area overlooking the ocean. Clean restrooms are also located just steps away. Parking can be a problem at this beach as they, by our count, only allowed for twenty eight visitor spaces that were doled out on a first come first serve basis by the guard station at the entrance to the hotel developed property just off the highway. Once that limit has been reached the guards will not allow anyone else in so you're wedding must be arranged via permit to make certain that you have enough parking for your group on your wedding day. This would probably be best handled via your local Big Island wedding coordinator.
Kikaua Point Beach does not have a life guard but conditions here are usually quite calm. This is not true of the beach immediately to its north called Kukio Beach which is exposed to the open ocean and can at times become dangerous.
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water. There are no lifeguard towers at this location.
La'aloa Beach Park in the town of Kailua-Kona is also referred to as Magic Sands Beach, White Sands Beach and Disappearing Sands Beach. Though its Hawaiian name has implications suggesting it is a beach of sacred nature the other three more popular names refer to the propensity of the beach to lose its sand each winter and early spring to the currents, waves and storms that extract the white sands from the shoreline portion of the beach and temporarily deposit them further out to sea exposing dangerous exposed rocks in the process.
The Old Kona Airport landing field became obsolete in the early 1970's but the one-mile landing strip still exists. This huge stretch of asphalt lies right next to the ocean just north of the city of Kailua-Kona and today serves as the gigantic parking area for the Old Kona Airport Beach.
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach is the largest black sand beach in the state. Located south of the Volcanoes National Park on the coastal Highway 11 it is a beach that is basically fairly far from populated areas and most people will decide to enjoy a quick visit when they take the southern route to visit the volcanoes if they are staying in the Kona region.
If it wasn't for the fact that Spencer Beach was located so close to Hapuna and Mauna Kea Beach, it would receive more notoriety than it does. Although it is a beautiful white sand beach with a sand bottom allowing for an easy water entry, it just lacks some of the luster and beauty associated with its nearest beach neighbor.
The Big Island often gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to beaches. Yes, it is true that it is the newest of the Hawaiian islands and as a result it has not had enough geological time pass by to jump-start the laws of physics and allow nature to work its magic on creating the type of amazing beaches that can often be found on other islands of the Hawaiian chain.
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