Holoholokai Beach

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Holoholokai Beach is more rock than sand and the water here is hazardous. The ‘beach’ is located just north of the Orchid at Mauna Lani Hotel. You can park here for free and enjoy the large shaded lawn, picnic sites and BBQ grills. Restrooms and showers are located near the parking area. You can walk to Pau`oa Beach and the Orchid Hotel along the path that starts at the end of parking lot. Arrive early if you want a parking space. The parking area closes at 6:30 p.m.


The ocean in this area is littered with lava rock making swimming hazardous, except when the ocean is VERY calm. Always monitor surf conditions before entering the water and wear beach shoes into the water.


The entrance trail to the Malama Petroglyph Field (video) is located on the right side of the road leading to the parking area. The field contains more than 3,000 carvings and are scattered along a lava flow. The 25 minute walk to the field is hot and there are no services along the trail. Refresh your sunscreen, wear a hat, and carry water.

 

Specific Information

Kohala Coast Beaches

  1. Anaeho’omalu Beach

  2. Mauna Lani Beach

  3. Pau`oa Beach

  4. Holoholokai Beach

  5. Waialea Beach

  6. Hapuna Beach

  7. Mauna Kea Beach

  8. Spencer Beach Park

Kona Coast Beaches

Windward Beaches


Beachgoer’s Checklist

Essentials to pack:


  1. Bulletbeach bag

  2. lightweight day-pack

  3. sunscreen

  4. Bullethat

  5. Bulletpolarized sunglasses

  6. Bulletsand mat

  7. Bulletbeach towel

  8. Bulletumbrella

  9. Bulletchair

  10. Bulletsnacks

  11. Bulletbook, Kindle or iPad

  12. Bulletunderwater camera

  13. Bulletsnorkeling gear

  14. Bulletzip-top plastic bags

  15. Bulletplenty of drinking water


  1. Whale Watching

  2. Bring compact binoculars if you are on the beach between November and April. Besides ogling other beachgoers, you can use them to spot breaching humpback whales on the horizon.


  1. Be Sun Safe

  2. The tropical sun can be brutal. Even in the shade of a beach umbrella, reflected sunlight can burn unprotected skin. You wouldn’t want to spoil your vacation on the first day, so we advise that you wear sunscreen (factor 45 or 50 is appropriate for most beach activities) and reapply it at least once during your time at the beach. Be sure to sunscreen the tops of your feet and the tops of your ears.
 

Getting There


From Kailua-Kona and Waikoloa Resorts: Take the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway north from Kona. Look for a grove of coconut trees on the left just past the turnoff to Waikoloa Village. Turn left  onto Mauna Lani Drive and proceed for about a mile to a traffic circle (round-about). Enter the circle and take the first right turn, which is North Kaniku Drive. Continue on Kaniku Drive to a Y intersection. The left arm of the Y leads to the Fairmont Orchid hotel, the right arm, Holoholokai Beach Park Road, will take you to the beach parking lot. It is about a 45 minute drive from Kailua Kona.


From Waimea: Take the Kawaihae Road west from Waimea to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. Turn south (towards Kailua-Kona) onto the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway at the marked intersection. Look for a grove of coconut trees on the right just past the turnoff to Puako. Turn right  onto Mauna Lani Drive and proceed for about a mile to a traffic circle (round-about). Enter the circle and take the first right turn, which is North Kaniku Drive. Continue on Kaniku Drive to a Y intersection. The left arm of the Y leads to the Fairmont Orchid hotel, the right arm, Holoholokai Beach Park Road, will take you to the beach parking lot. It is about a 30 minute drive from Waimea.


From Hilo: Drive north from Hilo on the Mamalahoa Highway to Waimea. In Waimea, turn right at the stop light, then veer left onto the Kawaihae Road. Turn south (towards Kailua-Kona) onto the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway at the marked intersection. Look for a grove of coconut trees on the right just past the turnoff to Puako. Turn right  onto Mauna Lani Drive and proceed for about a mile to a traffic circle (round-about). Enter the circle and take the first right turn, which is North Kaniku Drive. Continue on Kaniku Drive to a Y intersection. The left arm of the Y leads to the Fairmont Orchid hotel, the right arm, Holoholokai Beach Park Road, will take you to the beach parking lot. It is about a 2 hour drive from Hilo.

Aerial photo courtesy of Google Maps.

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