One of the oddest County parks on the Big Island is a small park called Whitington Beach Park. It is located at the 60 mile marker on the circle island Highway #11 and is a good spot to visit if you are traveling from Kona to visit the Volcanoes National Park. The name is a misnomer at the very least as there is really not a beach here. Where the water does come up to the shoreline it crashes against rocks and the likelihood of any swimming in the area is next to nil and should not be attempted on any occasion. The currents are said to be treacherous here and the pounding surf certainly is not swimmer or snorkeler friendly.
Don't be entirely dismayed however as Wittington Beach Park is actually a very picturesque location and is an ideal spot to simply stop to enjoy the movements of the ocean in a quite and serene location. In fact, quiet is usually the order of the day at Whittington Beach Park as the place is almost always deserted during the week days but the weekends will fill in with local residents coming in to enjoy it as a wonderful camping location. These weekend excursions are frequently centered around shore fishing and fishing is indeed purported to be quite good here. Whittington also proves to be such a good location for overnighting because it has bathroom areas, great parking, tables, showers and just about everything except potable water.
A great curiosity of Whittington Beach Park is the broken down pier that is found there. In 1883 sugar was the major crop throughout most of the islands the the surrounding areas around Whittington were no exception. The pier was created at this time to act as a loading place for ships to fill their holds with the harvest. A railroad line was even built to service the pier and the port that dominated the bay became a real source of commerce until the 1830's when the transportation system on the island became more modern and allowed for the movement of trucks to haul the cane which ultimately proved to be more efficient. The total demise of the usefulness of the pier came with the devastating tsunami of 1946 which damaged the pier beyond repair. The bare bones of the pier still exist at the bay now as a testament to the heyday of sugar in a previous incarnation of the area. Feeble as it is, the pier still stands amidst the pounding surf and it is often used by local fisherman as a place from which to use their rods and reels, however because of the often large surf this can be a dangerous undertaking at times as well.
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.