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Laupahoehoe Beach Park

big island/hamakua
Beaches/Public Recreational

Laupahoehoe, 96764

Camping, Fishing

Hours of Operation:

    6:30 AM - 8 PM
Camping, Fishing

Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park

The Big Island's Lava Peninsula

Discover the captivating beauty of Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, nestled along the dramatic emerald sea cliffs on the Hamakua coastline of the Big Island. Laupahoehoe, translating to "leaf of lava," alludes to the angular lava tip or peninsula formed by the ancient pāhoehoe, which gracefully flowed and created the foundation on which the village of Laupahoehoe stands. This Beach Park offers awe-inspiring ocean vistas, the symphony of crashing waves, and rugged lava rocks enveloped by lush greenery. Despite its picturesque allure, Laupahoehoe is a cherished fragment of Hawaiian history, bearing the weight of a somber past.

Situated along the Hamakua coastline to the north of Hilo, this area is renowned for its scenic beauty, which has been a muse for countless stunning photographs, making the drive utterly worthwhile. Upon your arrival at the beach, you'll encounter an inviting park featuring pavilions, restroom facilities, and an expansive lawn that offers ample space for children to frolic and play. Laupahoehoe enjoys relative seclusion, with minimal weekday traffic, and locals hold a deep affection for this area. Regardless of when you visit, it's a perfect haven for relaxation and unwinding, thanks to the frequent overcast and shaded conditions.

While Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park is a favored spot among fishermen, swimming and snorkeling are discouraged due to the exceptionally rough waters. Formidable currents and hazardous surf render Laupahoehoe unsafe for swimming for a significant portion of the year, especially during the winter months when powerful ocean swells approach from the north. Winter swells can be monumental, demanding a profound understanding of surf swell patterns and undercurrents. Summer surf conditions are generally more manageable, offering a safer experience for beachgoers.

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