Kahaluu Beach Park
Keauhou Kona, United States
Kahaluu Beach Park Keauhou Kona Reviews
Kahalu'u Beach Park, Nice intermittent surf break with lifeguard, good snorkeling, local hangout Jun 10, 2015
I'm not a great surfer. This is not me being humble; it is a fact. I realize that I have very limited surfing skills so I would shy away from Banyanz, Lymans and Honls where the better surfers go (and sometimes sharks). I was turned off by Pine Trees when I got vana spikes in my foot (It really stings!). Magic Sands is great if you like body boarding with 100s of people on a very small beach with waves that can really bump up in size on a swell. I always loved Kahalu'u even if the waves were not as consistent.
Kahalu'u is by a local beach park where the locals have their family get togethers. There is always music and laughter in the air. In addition to the locals, we also have the sunburnt tourists baking in the sun on the beach. The park can be rather crowded so during peak hours there are usually one or two lifeguards stationed at the beach. They sometimes paddle out into the surfbreak to warn novices to be wary of the current and keep away from the rocks.
I would paddle out to Kahalu'u even when there weren't waves. The water is fairly clear; you can see many beautiful tropical fish including the lau'ipala (Yellow Tang). The Yellow Tang numbers seem to be dropping because of the creepy haole's that think it is their god-given right to capture the fish and sell them. Leave the fish where they belong, guys! Another favorite is the Uhu which is a large Blue, Pink, and Yellow fish. The numbers of Uhu seem to be dropping as well as the Uhu is quite delicious and a spearfishing favorite.
Along the rocky shore you may see many small honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) basking in the sun. Honu are endangered species and should not be touched. Honu have the right of way so if they are at the shore, you need to paddle out elsewhere.
Surfing is easy at Kahalu'u as there is a surfboard rental stand on the mauka side of Ali'i Drive across the street from the tiny St Peter's Church. The surf school (ironically their office is across the street from Honls) comes out several times a day for lessons.
The Outrigger resort that was adjacent to the Kahalu'u Beach Park closed a few years back which is a shame as they used to have some lovely events in the gardens and the sunset view from the patio was spectacular. You used to be able to walk along the shore (near the tennis courts) and get to the nearby golf course.
If you really love Kahalu'u as much as I do, you can even find plenty of nearby rentals through AirBnB. One of my favorite is the Big Island Retreat https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/945824. I lived there for a few months. The caretaker girl is a bit creepy and nosy, but it is all about location, location, location: being close to the surf break but not right on Ali'i Drive is a big plus!
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