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 strong suit for Spencer Beach however is its almost always present calm waters as it is protected from the open ocean by a large reef and also to a degree by the neighboring Kawaiahae Harbor.
Snorkeling here is alright but the water can maintain murkiness presumably because of its proximity to the mouth of the harbor. The beach here is well maintained and has great facilities such as parking, clean restrooms, benches, barbecue and fish cleaning stations and a pavilion for large events. Local families make good use of Spencer Beach Park and on weekends you will be guaranteed a larger crowd although the beach seems to always maintain a moderate number of visitors during normal times. The fact that Spencer Beach Park also has a life guard on duty really makes this beach a good choice to visit.
One of the most fascinating things about Spencer Beach Park is its proximity to the Pu'ukohola Heiau. This enormous heiau (Hawaiian temple) which is within walking distance of the beach, was built by King Kamehameha the great in about the year 1790 for the purpose of appealing to the gods of war. It is believed that a number of the king's rivals were the first to be sacrificed here and the timing of the building of this great heiau roughly correlates with the timing of Kamehameha military assaults on the other Hawaiian islands in his march to consolidate the entire chain into one large faction under his control.
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 and it is advised that you enter the water at this location only after you consult with a lifeguard on duty. 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.
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.
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.
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.
User Comments are a new feature: Be the first to submit a Comment!