One of the first signs you will see when you arrive at the Wawaloli Beach Park just north of the town of Kailua-Kona is a sign that says "Low Flying Aircraft, No Kite Flying". This odd sign gives testament to the fact that Wawaloli Beach is located just south of and in the flight pattern of the Kona International Airport. This may be the most unique and interesting feature this beach park may provide as it is in most ways unremarkable and not particularly inviting.
The predominant feature of this beach is a rock outcropping roughly in the shape of a semi-circle that offers somewhat of a protection against the open ocean and allows for a large tide pool of sorts which varies in size with the tides and the seasons. This tide pool will at times provide a place for a cool dip on a hot summer's day but is often too shallow and uninteresting to provide for much more of an experience and the fact that it does not have a life guard tower provides for that extra lack of enthusiastic recommendation. Also, conditions here can be particularly dangerous especially beyond the break-rocks and powerful currents can cause more troubles.
The sand of the beach is white mixed with chunks of black lava and coral and is suitable for laying out however a number of people prefer to enjoy this beach by sitting on a beach chair set up on an extensive lava flow on the north side of the beach opposite the bathrooms which gives a view of the waves breaking on rock in the foreground. Because of the proximity of this beach park to Kailua-Kona and because it is usually un-crowded and has ample facilities you may often see groups of local residents enjoying a family outing here on the weekend while engaged in shore fishing and a family BBQ.
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.
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.
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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