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Honl’s Beach

big island/kailua kona
Beaches/Secret spots

Holualoa, 96740

Boogie Boarding, Bodyboarding

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Boogie Boarding, Bodyboarding

Honl’s Beach

A Small Beach On The Big Island

Nestled along the scenic Alii Drive in downtown Kona, you'll uncover the charming and unassuming Honl's Beach, nestled within the Wai'aha Beach Park. If you're in search of a peaceful sandy haven to escape the hustle and bustle of shopping and sightseeing, Honl's Beach is your perfect oasis. Shaded by graceful coconut palms, it offers a combination of grassy and sandy areas, providing an ideal setting for an impromptu picnic or a serene moment to witness the breathtaking sunset.

Honl's Beach is conveniently situated just one mile south of the Kailua Pier, making it a readily accessible gem for beachgoers. While it may not be renowned for its swimming opportunities due to its rocky bottom, the beach offers an awe-inspiring ocean view and a serene atmosphere where you can simply close your eyes and let the rhythmic waves lull you into tranquility.

But if you're yearning for adventure and high-energy water activities, Honl's Beach is a paradise for bodyboarders. In fact, this is the very birthplace of boogie boarding. On July 9, 1971, the modern Boogie Board was invented right here by Tom Morey. Inspired by the magnificent swells visible from his window, he crafted the board from a nine-foot piece of polyethylene foam, shaping it with a hot iron and an electric knife, marking a turning point in the history of water sports.

Every summer, the Kona Roots Bodyboarding Contest pays homage to this iconic sport's landmark. If you're eager to embrace this thrilling tradition, you can rent a bodyboard from Miller's Surf or Kona Boys, granting you the opportunity to ride the waves at this historic beach. Keep in mind that Honl's Beach, with its more advanced surf conditions, can develop strong currents during larger swells, so exercise caution when the waves are rolling. Whether you're soaking in the sun, picnicking on the shores, or taking on the waves, Honl's Beach welcomes you to its storied waters with open arms.

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