Waialea Beach

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Waialea Beach is known to locals as “Beach 69”. It was named for the number on the power pole that is located at the turnoff to the beach. Probably hoping to deter too many visitors, the county changed the number on the power pole a few years ago. Locals still call it by its original name.


Waialea Beach is a pleasant crescent of sand bordered on the mauka side by homes and shade trees. The ocean in this area can be rough and the bottom can be rocky, so caution is advised. The widest patch of sand and easiest ocean entry is located about 100 feet to the right of the path leading to the beach.


Turtles frequent this area. There is good snorkeling around the rocks directly ahead at the end of the trail from the parking lot.


The ocean at Waialea Beach is calmest during the northern hemisphere’s summer. Be wary of surf conditions in winter when waves are their highest and surf is the strongest.


Cold refreshments are available at the snack shack (cash only) at nearby Hapuna Beach and at small market and deli located in the community of Puako, about a mile south of the turnoff to the beach parking lot.


The nearest shave ice is at Anuenue Ice Cream in the Kawaihae Shoping Center or at the Queens’ Marketplace food court in the Waikoloa resort area (map).


 

Specific Information

Aerial photo courtesy of Google Maps.

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. Turn left onto Hapuna Beach Road at the marked intersection just before Mile Marker #69. Drive to the end of the road, turn left. Don’t turn into the Hapuna Beach parking lot, but continue straight ahead onto a bumpy narrow road that leads towards Puako. The road to the beach parking lot will be on the right in about 2 miles.


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. Turn right onto Hapuna Beach Road at the marked intersection just past mile marker #69. Drive to the end of the road, turn left. Don’t turn into the Hapuna Beach parking lot, but continue straight ahead onto a bumpy narrow road that leads towards Puako. The road to the beach parking lot will be on the right in about 2 miles.


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. 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. Turn right onto Hapuna Beach Road at the marked intersection just past mile marker #69. Drive to the end of the road, turn left. Don’t turn into the Hapuna Beach parking lot, but continue straight ahead onto a bumpy narrow road that leads towards Puako. The road to the beach parking lot will be on the right in about 2 miles.

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